It’s International Women’s Day today and what better way to celebrate being a woman then to promote the successes of other inspiring women. Women who are breaking barriers and ascending into stardom by working hard and aiming high.
Samantha Kerr was our Young Australian of the Year for 2018, the Matildas striker has a stellar reputation, being the first Australian women to be named a finalist for the FIFA Female Player of the Year as well as claiming awards as the Australian Sportswoman of the Year, the ABC Sports Personality of the Year and the MVP of the USA National League.
At only 24 years of age, Sam is considered to be one of the best female soccer players in the world. A constant champion of equality, Sam was recognised for her work advocating for women’s sport.
Another great powerhouse is the women behind The Australian Women in Music Awards, Vicki Gordon. Speaking at the Brisbane Powerhouse she said that, “we need it because, in the Australian music industry, women’s contribution continues to be sidelined in too many areas,”
“Too many boards still deny women their rightful place as decision-makers on our national music industry peak bodies.
“Too often the visionary contribution of women historically has been derogated, and still too regularly, women are overlooked at our most prestigious awards ceremonies.”
Kelly O’Dwyer is our Minister for Women and is set on creating equality and disrupting the status quo. Identifying strongly as a feminist she’s recently called out support to establish a fighting fund. Where Coalition women who want to enter politics have the financial backing to run effective campaigns.
Our 2018 Australian of the Year, Michelle Yvonne Simmons is a professor in quantum physics, pioneering research that could revolutionise computing. She’s transformed the University of New South Wales Quantum Physics Department into a world leader creating the world’s first transistor made from a single atom, along with the world’s thinnest wire. She’s a woman on a mission, ready to change the world.
Vonda Malone is mayor of the Torres Shire council and has broken a lot of glass ceilings. Being the first Torres Strait Islander woman to work as an Australian diplomat, and the first Torres Strait Islander woman to go to the United Nations and complete the Indigenous Fellowship Program. She was recently named an inaugural winner of the McKinnon prize for political leadership, being recognised for her integrity and courage.
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