For over 100 years International Women’s Day, held on 8th March every year, marks a day of celebration and advocacy for women’s rights and equality, with events and marches taking place all over the world. We’re not the standard digital or SEO agency Melbourne gets to host. So, seeing as we do things differently here, we thought it would be important to do our part to advocate for gender equality and share a list of women who inspire us.
2020 and 2021 thus far have seen some momentous changes – Scotland became the first country in the world to allow free and universal access to menstrual products, and following an intense general election in the US, Kamala Harris broke three records by becoming the first female, Black and South Asian American Vice President.
But even despite these moves towards a more inclusive and equal society, we still have much work to do, which is just one of the reasons why we continue to celebrate International Women’s Day.
From family members and innovators to politicians and creatives, these are the role models who the team here at First Move look up to and learn from.
“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
– Olivia, Content, with a quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former Supreme Court Justice
Ooh yes, so my Mum is my inspo because she is always her truest self. A quote from her – “Always be honest with yourself”.
– Alice, Marketing, on her mum Allison
For me, Jacinda Ardern is one of the most inspiring women alive today. A passionate advocate for women’s rights and climate change, she became the youngest ever female world leader in 2017 (a title now held by Sanna Marin of Finland since 2019). Since then, she has shown how it is possible to be compassionate and kind whilst demonstrating extraordinary leadership through times of crisis. On top of that, she also balances her demanding job with motherhood. A true wonder woman in my eyes.
– Leila, Content, on New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
My mum. Something she always said to me as a kid – “Life can take anything and everything away from you in a second, but one thing no one can ever take from you is your knowledge. So always keep learning”. She inspires me because she’s fought against a lot of odds and is the strongest yet kindest person I know, and the combination of these two can be incredible (haha!). She inspires me to learn and grow and be better!
– Simran, Marketing, on her mum Meenakshi Goyal
“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”
– Steph, Content, with a quote from Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook
My wife – because she’s hardcore, she’s a hard worker and gets things done, she’s always there to help who needs, she’s a better person than I am, she supports me and knows me better than anyone and she’s the reason why I always push myself to be better in all aspects of life.
– Stefano, Marketing, on his wife Vita
Neri Oxman is my fave present-day female designer-inventor. She makes biotechnology. “In nature, there is no separation between design, engineering, and fabrication; the bone does it all.”
– Claire, Content, on architect, designer and professor Neri Oxman
Danielle Glasser, my older sister, inspires me every day. She is the word ‘hustler’ personified. If she’s not busy running a digital agency, she is out starting her own business.
– Michael, Marketing, on his sister Danielle
Rupi Kaur. I wanted to choose a woman around my age because it is so inspiring to see someone be so successful at 28 for sharing her vulnerability and creativity! I also think she played a huge part in the self-care movement (I remember seeing her poems/work on Tumblr way back!) and shows young women how to be comfortable in their own skin. The line “fall in love with your solitude” particularly resonates with me because I am an aggressive advocate of having alone time.
– Hollie, Branding, on poet and illustrator Rupi Kaur
My mum. She is the most resilient person I know and even through adversity, she radiates happiness.
– Ben, Branding, on his mum Shelly
We hope this post leaves you feeling inspired. Tell us about the women you look up to and love on our Instagram @firstmovedigital
From everyone at First Move, happy International Women’s Day!