10 Women We Ad­mire Cel­e­brat­ing In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - Global round-up -

This year, on March 8, let’s hon­our the coura­geous, gen­er­ous, trail­blaz­ing women in our own lives and in the wider world. As a start­ing point, here are some of the women on the in­ter­na­tional stage who have in­spired us over the past 12 months. We hope you will cre­ate a list of your own and share it with us.

Michelle Obama

The for­mer First Lady was the most in­spir­ing pres­ence of the Obama era, plant­ing the first White House veg­etable gar­den since Eleanor Roo­sevelt, cam­paign­ing to end child­hood obe­sity and cham­pi­oning women and girls.

Emma Wat­son

Ac­tor, UN Good­will Am­bas­sador and con­venor of Our Shared Shelf, an on­line book club fo­cus­ing on work by women.

An­gela Merkel

“We are stronger than ter­ror­ism,” said the Ger­man Chan­cel­lor, walk­ing a tightrope be­tween com­pas­sion and re­solve.

Na­dia Mu­rad

The 22-year-old Iraqi ac­tivist es­caped Is­lamic State (IS) slav­ery and is work­ing with Amal Clooney to bring IS be­fore an in­ter­na­tional court.

Meryl Streep

In her staunch, qui­etly spo­ken way, Meryl car­ries on de­fend­ing hu­man rights and artis­tic free­dom, and chalked up her 20th Academy Award nom­i­na­tion in 2017.

Hil­lary Clin­ton

For­mer US Sec­re­tary of State, Se­na­tor and First Lady, Hil­lary waded through the mire of the 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign with dig­nity.

Mary Robin­son

For­mer Ir­ish Pres­i­dent Mary Robin­son aims to pro­tect the world’s poor­est and most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple from the im­pacts of cli­mate change.

He­len Clark

Known for con­stantly push­ing the boundaries dur­ing her un­ri­valled po­lit­i­cal ca­reer, He­len was the first fe­male di­rec­tor of the UN devel­op­ment pro­gramme – a role she steps down from next month af­ter eight years.

Queen Ra­nia

In 2016, Queen Ra­nia of Jor­dan vis­ited Aus­tralia, where she made an im­pres­sion with her poise, diplo­macy and pow­er­ful ad­vo­cacy for hu­man rights.

J.K. Rowl­ing

As happy com­pos­ing a 400-page novel as a pithy tweet, the cre­ator of Harry Pot­ter is also a de­fender of hu­man rights and one of the UK’s most gen­er­ous phi­lan­thropists.

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