Today marks another year of celebrating the struggles and triumphs of being unapologetically female.
Whether inequality is something that sits at the forefront of our experiences, or whether we’ve witnessed societal imbalances from a short distance, a world where women have equal rights to men is still something we are in pursuit of.
But as with all things, the journey is as imperative as the destination, and there are endless instances of women blazing the trail, shaking up their industries, and reminding us of what can be achieved with determination and keeping the end goal tirelessly insight.
Impossible to cover all, we’ve compiled a list of a few women doing just that:
An advocate for human rights and the youngest to-date to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Yousafzai gained worldwide recognition through her activist work in Pakistan – particularly focusing on women’s and children’s rights to education. Although faced with adversity and brutally attacked as a revolt against her work, she continues to be a voice for children and young people and their access to the right education.
Besides being frequently ranked as the number one professional tennis player worldwide, Serena Williams’ charitable organisation The Serena Williams Fund works to create equality and opportunities for young people through building schools and providing supplies around the world to aid learning.
As an individual she has also spoken out against body shaming, challenging ideas of what constitutes a “feminine” body and how the media often suggests women should look.
Oprah Winfrey’s name and long-standing notability is already a testament to the impact she has made worldwide throughout her career as an African-American TV presenter, producer and media mogul. Her philanthropy work has seen her award scholarships to underprivileged young people and raise funds for those in need, such as those hit by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and those suffering from AIDS in South Africa.
Subjected to type 3 female genital mutilation in Gambia as a child, Dukureh has spent her later years travelling to schools and colleges throughout the US to spread awareness and address the dangers of FGM. Spurred by the groundwork of others, she started a petition on Change.org requesting new and more accurate studies into how many women are suffering from FGM in the US. Despite facing some adversity and resistance by those from her own culture, she has continued her work with a vision to address the issue nationally and help those in the US suffering from the effects of FGM.
British model and activist Aboah founded the organisation Gurl’s Talk – an online platform where young women from all walks of life can openly share their experiences with each other free from judgment. Since launching, Gurl’s Talk has covered topics ranging from everything from mental health to sexuality.
The website takes a variety of submissions in the form of stories, poetry, and illustrations that are shared on the platform with the hopes of enlightening and involving females who may have had similar experiences – doing so in an environment where they feel safe.