It’s International Women’s Day and we’re marking the occasion by celebrating the amazing achievements of women from around the world. These women are pioneering new laws, breaking age barriers and literally going into space to achieve their goals – they’re inspirational all year round, and we’re here to shout it from the rooftops. Talk about woman power!
Lauren Mahon, Girl Vs Cancer
When Lauren was diaognosed with breast cancer in 2016 she went looking for support and information from her peers. And you know what? It wasn't there... so Lauren started Girl Vs Cancer. Somewhere she could share an authentic journey during her treatment and tackle the taboos that surround cancer. She launched a range of t-shirts during her treatment - which so far have raised an amazing £46,000 for charity. This week at Stylist's Remarkable Women Awards Lauren won the Triumph Award. Well deserved! Get your t-shirt here
Lubaina Himid, contemporary artist
At 63, Lubaina is the oldest person to receive the Turner Prize… and she’s the only black woman to have ever collected the award. She’s a professor of contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire, and her art focuses on cultural history and reclaiming identity. On winning the Turner Prize, judges praised her for her “uncompromising tackling of issues including colonial history and how racism persists today”.
Anne McClain, Nicole Aunapu Mann, Christina Hammock Koch and Jessica Meir, astronauts
It may take at least 15 years before they embark on their historic trip, but these four women are currently training to become the first NASA astronauts to walk on Mars. They make up 50% of the official team, which is the first equal gender split in NASA history.
Hannah Gadsby, comedian
Last June, Hannah’s stand up special Nanette was released – it covered her childhood in Tasmania, experiences with homophobia and sexual violence, relationships with her family and mental illness with humour, honesty and insight in a way that felt very fresh. The show was a huge hit, counting Lily Allen, Roxane Gay and Thandie Newton among its fans.
Gina Martin, activist
When Gina Martin saw a man WhatsApping an upskirt photo of herself to his mates at a music festival, she reported it – but when the only action was to ask the man to delete the picture, she knew something needed to change. She started a campaign to criminalise upskirting, got 100,000 signatures on her petitions and passed the law in parliament last year.
The women of Saudi Arabia
In 2018, after years of protest and bravery from the country’s women, Saudi Arabia final lifted its female driving ban – the last country in the world to do so. Authorities estimated around 2,000 licenses would be issued in the first month alone – a huge achievement for women’s freedom.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, US politician
On 7th November 2018, Alexandria became the youngest woman in history to be elected to America’s House of Congress to represent the Bronz and Queens districts in New York City. “In my opinion, if women and gender-expanding people want to run for office we can’t knock on anybody’s doors; we have to build our own house,” Ocasio-Cortez said.