The Female Lead

Transform your feed with new and inspiring profiles

Our Disrupting The Feed study revealed multiple positive outcomes resulting from the introduction of new, diverse and positive female role models into the social media feeds of young people. We want to continue to build awareness of social media’s positive potential and therefore share with you a  diverse range of inspirational profiles across a variety of career paths and backgrounds, who maintain an active and positive social media presence.

• This list is a mixture of both our recommendations but also the recommendations of girls and women in our community.

• We have provided you a starting point but this collection is in no way a comprehensive list of all of the positive profiles we could share.

• Below are a range of profiles, some of which are more well-known than others. We recognise that many of these individuals & pages could often fit in several categories.

• Ultimately, it is about the diversity of choice and that’s what is missing for a lot of young people because you can’t be what you can’t see.

We hope that by following a few of these profiles you will begin to feel empowered to take the lead in your own life.

“I was following Instagram models and reality stars because everybody else did. It was all bikini pics. Taking part in this study taught me that this wasn’t good for me. Once I started following inspirational, hard-working, career-orientated women, it threw up loads more, I feel healthier in my mind” – Leila Symonds, Study Participant.

Transform your feed with new and inspiring people

1. Body Acceptance
2. Sports
3. Mental Health Advocates
4. Women in STEM
5. Activists
6. Arts & Entertainment
7. Feminist Icons & Pages
8. Politics
9. Business
10.Media and News
11. Charities & Campaigns
12. Positive Supporters

       

Body Acceptance


Callie Thorpe

Callie Thorpe promotes celebrating women’s bodies, whatever shape or size they come in. Callie shares her own insecurities, methods to overcomes them, and encourages her followers to always support each other in living their own happy, self-accepting lives.

 

 

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They keep saying it’s winter here…. #babylonstoren #capetown #southafrica #saltpool

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Jess Megan

Jessica Megan is a body confidence activist, plus-sized model and social media influencer. She works as an ambassador to the charities Coppafeel! Breast Cancer Charity, Bloody Good Period and Ditch the Label. She was nominated by Cosmopolitan Magazine as “Health and Wellbeing Influencer 2019” and has changed women perspectives of their bodies the world over.

Her intent is to normalise the human body and help women to see their bodies as a help and not a hindrance.

 

 

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TW: WEIGHT LOSS, TRIGGER WORDS, DISORDERED EATING. @ww are flexing their corporate muscles out on children by releasing an app that targets 8-17 year olds by “helping kids and teens reach a healthier weight and build healthy habits.” The irony of this is laughable. Scroll through these photos. ⏩The second one is so insidious I thought it was fake (it’s not). ⏩ The BMI measurement was first created in the 1800s by a Belgian mathematician called Adolphe Quetelet. By the late 1900s, it had been adopted by governments across the world as a way for people to work out if they were over or underweight. A study by UCLA in 2017 concluded that tens of millions (54million to be precise) of people who had overweight and obese BMI scores were in fact perfectly healthy. In the US, @ww makes its stand as the number one most popular weight loss programme, endorsed by celebs such as @oprah @djkhaled And @robbiewilliams as a means to modernise it. In the US, health insurance companies can charge those who score as overweight and obese higher health care premiums. “There are healthy people who could be penalized based on a faulty health measure, while the unhealthy people of normal weight will fly under the radar and won’t get charged more for their health insurance,” says A. Janet Tomiyama, an assistant professor of psychology in the UCLA College and the study’s lead author. Children who live in poverty are more likely to be considered “obese and overweight” than middle class (usually white) children. This is due to an inability to access the same resources as their rich peers. Their parents can’t afford premium healthcare for themselves let alone their kids. So what does this create? A cycle of disordered eating. Weight Watchers and the Health Insurance companies lean on each other in a bid to keep those on the poverty line in a cruel cycle. But surely, if kids follow @kurbohealth and develop “healthy” (numbered) eating habits, they’ll avoid this fate of paying super high health insurance? Not so fast! Cause here’s the thing: Diets.don’t.work. And it’s proven. A quick google washes up loads of proven science that shows this…(cont in comments)…

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Katie Meehan

Katie Meehan is an award-winning beauty blogger, encouraging her followers to post authentic pictures – rather than editing the way they present themselves to the world online. She focuses on projecting positive body image and empowers her followers to be confident in their own skin.

Stephanie Yeboah

Stephanie Yeboah is a freelance writer and public speaker. She is a multi-award nominated plus size fashion blogger, having started her writing journey during University in 2009. Stephanie has owned plus size blog, Nerd About Town, for over 10 years, and throughout that time has written extensively on topics including body positivity, race, intersectionality in feminism, and dating all from the perspective of a black, plus-size woman living in the UK.

 

Bishamber Das

Bishamber Das is Britain’s first Asian plus-size model and founder of @girllikemeonline. She aims to challenge the concepts of beauty portrayed in both music and film and increase representation in the media as a whole.

 

 

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Caption It… 😊 👗 @girllikemeonline 📸 @ravrayet #bishamberdas

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Chessie King

Chessie King empowers her followers to become best friends with their bodies, loving and appreciating them for all the amazing, necessary things they do, instead of judging them based on their physical appearance. She promotes individuality while still celebrating togetherness, and learning to be comfortable in your own skin. Chessie is dedicated to ‘breaking up your perfect feed’.

 

 

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ad | ‘BODY CONFIDENCE’ | A phrase taking over our newsfeeds… but what does it really mean? I’ve been talking about it for nearly 3 years & my ‘definition’ has developed over that time 🧡 It’s feeling comfortable, appreciative & at home in my own skin in its purist form. Stripped back, without all the extra layers that I thought made me feel more confident – the hair extensions, the nail extensions, the makeup I would hide my acne under everyday… I tried every single way to change my body from the age of 18-24; I went to every gym class in London, I counted every calorie, I tried all the diets, I wished I looked like every other female on this planet, I competed in a bikini competition, I worked out twice a day. My 🧠 constantly bullied my body but I’ve trained it to speak kindly & recognise what it does for us. It didn’t just happen over night, I had to keep reminding myself daily & I still do on vulnerable days. But here I am now, sitting with my bestfriend; my body, not wanting to change anything between us ⭐️ @bootsuk are encouraging us to feel proud of our bodies with their #LetsFeelGood campaign. Together we are stronger & it’s so powerful when we all support each other. We all understand each other as women & we’re all trying to find that long term friendship with our bodies 👩🏽‍🦱👱🏾‍♀️👩🏼‍🦰👧🏿👩🏼👵🏼

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Anna Shillinghaw

Anna Shillinghaw is the founder and managing director of model and talent agency MiLK Management, which strives to show that curve models deserve to shoot for major editorials and take part in fashion weeks in all fashion capitals.

 

 

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Felicity forced me to put this up ( and also type this so it’s actually felicity typing this too ) – doesn’t she look buff 😜

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Jada Sezer

Jada is a plus-size model, body positivity campaigner and mental health advocate. She has an MA degree in Child Psychology and Mental Health from the University of Birmingham. Jada began her modelling career in 2015 and is keen on spreading a message of self-love.

 

 

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I can’t lie and say I wasn’t tempted, everyone is aware that the coverage LI gets makes you an instant focal point to millions. Contestants know by signing up they have a sell-by date of 12 months to cash in before the new series turn heads. Now more then ever, contestants are aware of the instant fame. – So yh..I was tempted by possibly finding lurveee & the momentary popularity which could open doors and help me speak louder about being kinder (to ourselves). It meant being in rooms I’m currently not in, with people who have the ability to make long lasting change & shape our policies mainly around mental health and child protection. – ALSO & more importantly, as someone who had watched the show previously it was definitely time we saw someone above a size 10 basking in a bikini; confidently and in all their glory!!!! – But what’s the cost? Over exposure (in this case, to the entire nation) is extremely exposing. Trolls will say I’m unloveable & promoting obesity or an unhealthy archetype. But I’m ok with that, I’ve got better things to focus on then cellulite & your projected insecurities. Ask about my lifestyle, not the fat that sits on my body. Which if it was distributed on areas like my a$$ would be an entirely different narrative. – So this article is an open letter of some sort, to express our desire to be seen VS our ability to see ourselves. How do we show up – for us??? We definitely do not need a show or a tokenistic ‘plus size model’ to tell us we are worthy of love. All we can do is continuously show up for ourselves, time and time again.🖤

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Sports 

Reshmin Chowdhury

Reshmin Chowdhury is a sports journalist and broadcaster working for both the BBC and BT Sport on their coverage of huge sporting events, including the UEFA Champions League and the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. She is the first female Bengali sports reporter and aims to inspire young girls to follow their dreams whatever they may be.

 

Laura Deas

Laura Deas is a British skeleton racer who won bronze at the Pyeongchang Olympics in 2018. She became the first Welsh woman to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.

 

Sarah Stirk

Sarah Stirk is a British television presenter appearing on Sky Sports Golf. She is also the founder of Reach, a diverse female network with a vision to see women reach their career and life goals, unhindered by inequality and traditional preconceived ideas and misconceptions. The Reach community consists of women from all sectors, sharing their experiences, ideas, knowledge and contacts to empower others.

 

 

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1st tee studio 📺 unreal atmosphere this morning! @solheimcup2019 #goeurope🇪🇺

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Sophie Radcliffe

Endurance athlete and fitness blogger Sophie Radcliffe is on a mission to get girls outdoors, believing that it is the most incredible way to challenge yourself. She believes being active helps with body confidence and mental health issues, and champions “ordinary people achieving their extraordinary”. Sophie set up TrailBlazers, a groundbreaking youth empowerment initiative which helps teenage girls develop the mindset and skills to develop confidence and live courageously.

 

 

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Proud moment!! ♥️ #DreamBig Your dreams are out there, waiting for you to say yes to exploring them! I know it’s scary, people might not believe in you and you are worried you might fail. I share my journey to inspire you and show you what can be done. Not so long ago I was unfit, unfulfilled and uncertain about my future. But I took a big leap of faith, summoned up all my courage and work daily on my confidence to believe in myself, my goals and my dreams. Throw in passion, energy and daily hustle and you might just make some magic happen in your life! Be bold, take risks and blaze your own trail. YOU’LL NEVER KNOW IF YOU DON’T TRY #OneLifeLiveIt #GreatNorthRun #SpecialKXSophie #BlazeYourTrail #DreamsIntoPlans #BabySteps #PoweringYou

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Julie Foudy 

Julie is the former Captain of the US women’s soccer team, two times World Cup Champion and two times Olympic Champion. She is currently a reporter and analyst with ESPN, host of podcast Laugher Permitted with Julie Foudy and the author of Choose to Matter, a fun, interactive, leadership playbook for young women.

 

 

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Rule #1 in Journalism. Never let go of the mic.

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Rosie Kmita

Rosie Kmita is an English footballer who most recently played as a winger for London Bees in the English FA Women’s Championship. Rosie was the first female footballer to sign a professional contract for West Ham. Her identical twin sister Mollie is also a footballer and together they are breaking the mould for women in football.

 

 

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Lovelyyy to be back out there at the weekend!

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Mollie Kmita 

Mollie is an English footballer who plays for Gillingham and, together with her twin sister, hopes to inspire the next generation of female players.

 

 

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Taking on real and now insta life together with @rosiekmita – give @thekmitatwins a follow 👈

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Eugenia Károlyi

Eugenia is an international sports journalist and producer who is currently working on a book which tells the story of her personal experience as a female journalist in the football world. She is living and creating content to inspire people through sports.

 

Alison Bender 

Alison Bender is a freelance TV and radio presenter and reporter specialising in football. Alison has worked for two of the world’s biggest clubs at Chelsea TV and Real Madrid TV and a whole host of global sports channels including Sky Sports News, ITV and ESPN. She was recently shortlisted for the Vikki Orvice Book Prize for her submission which told of her passion for football leading her to work for Chelsea TV before helping establish Real Madrid TV, all while juggling relationships and motherhood.

 

 

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It feels like I’ve come full circle. This was me at 6am this morning 😱 with a heavily caffeinated @coytey67 and the ‘ridiculous o’clock’ team @alexanderbiddle and Co. I’ve just woken up from my day nap! 🙌🏼🙌🏼 When I first started out in tv I was on a breakfast show ( @cnbc if you care!) and so I slept in the day regularly. I find myself doing it again now. It’s such a weird experience going against the commuters and when I bump into parent friends on the way to the train I swear they think I’m doing the walk of shame 🤣🤣Back then I used to do odd things like going to the cinema at 10am or watching a court hearing at the Old Bailey (and I have been known to go to the pub with colleagues at 10am and have a few too many!) Now of course I have responsibilities 🤣🤣 (quite cute that we have our little day nap together 💕🥰 (errr not me and Paul, me and my 2 year old) 👌🏼

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Lucy Bronze

Lucy is an English footballer who plays for Olympique Lyonnais and the England national team.  Bronze represented England at all youth levels before featuring in the full national squad at Euro 2013.

She has won the PFA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year award twice – in 2014 and again in 2017.In 2018, she was named BBC Women’s Footballer of The Year. In 2019, she became the first English footballer to win the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year Award.

 

 

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I love this game 🤩😁 weekend of football and sunshine ☀️ #NoneStop

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Dame Katherine Grainger

Dame Katherine Jane Grainger, DBE, is a British rower and with five Olympic medals is Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian. She is a 2012 Summer Olympics gold medallist, four-time Olympic silver medallist and six-time World Champion.

 

 

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Supporting @TeamGB on 1st day of competition #pyeongchang2018

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Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Caroline Vonn is an American former World Cup alpine ski racer on the US Ski Team. She won four World Cup overall championships—one of only two female skiers to do so, along with Annemarie Moser-Pröll—with three consecutive titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010, plus another in 2012.

 

Chloe Kim

Chloe Kim is an American snowboarder. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, she became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal when she won gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe at 17-years- old.

 

 

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happy 4th ❤️❤️

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Serena Williams

Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player and former world No. 1. She has won 23 major singles titles, most by any man or woman in the Open Era. The Women’s Tennis Association ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017.

 

       

Mental Health

The Blurt Foundation

The Blurt Foundation is a social enterprise dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of depression, alongside helping those affected by it. They teach about the importance of self-care and letting the past go to let your future grow.

 

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Let’s try and starve our fears and insecurities so that they wilt and shrink. Easier said than done we know! We can try a few different things though, like planning small steps to take that’ll help towards our goals, asking for help or advice from people around us, and, when we do notice those negative thoughts popping up (like ‘I’m useless’ or ‘I’ll never be able to do it’) trying to hit the brakes, and question whether those thoughts are realistic or true. ​📷 @haleydrewthis ​ ​ ​Image description: Illustration of 3 terracotta pots in a row. One is filled with 3 flowers that are growing upright and strong, while, in the other two, the flower have wilted and died, shedding their petals. Above them, a hand holding a yellow watering can is watering only the first, healthy, pot of flowers. The watering can is labelled ‘My Attention’. The first healthy pot is labelled ‘My Dreams’, while the other two, dead pots, are labelled ‘My Fears’, and ‘My Insecurities’. The artist of this image is @haleydrewthis

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Not Plant Based

Not Plant Based is a safe space for troubled eaters – the neglected party when it comes to most food, fitness and health websites. They aim to create and source honest, non-patronising advice, reviews and stories to aid those who are prone to unhealthy eating and/or fitness habits which have a negative effect on their health and how they view themselves.

 

Rachel Thompson

Rachel Thompson is an advocate for sexual abuse survivors and author of the multi-award-winning bestselling books Broken Places and Broken Pieces. She writes openly on the topic of trauma, PTSD and healing.

Dr Vania Manipod

Dr Vania Manipod is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology & Psychiatry in general psychiatry, but her main purpose is to give a glimpse of the life of a new doctor with a passion to learn how to best help those who struggle for normalcy in life. She owns the @freudandfashion instagram, posting about how it is “stylish to talk about mental health, especially how we maintain our own.”

 

 

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I’M WALKING FOR MY PATIENTS. Spent my morning with hundreds of people walking & fighting to prevent suicide. “Out of the Darkness” & into the light is the message that the @afspnational community aims to share with the goal to expand resources, educate others on how to provide support, and let people struggling know they ARE NOT ALONE, that each & every one of our lives matter, & to keep fighting ✊🏻. Some important points I took away from this event: 1. A way to support someone struggling is to listen and just be present even if you don’t know what to say. Just being there and letting someone know they’re not alone can have a huge impact. 2. If you want to die because you think you’re a burden and that the lives of people you care about will just move on…this is NOT TRUE. I have many patients who are survivors of a loved one’s suicide and they are forever changed and miss their loved ones deeply every single day. 3. Be a part of this community. Having lost several patients to suicide, I often feel alone with my feelings, but being a part of this community today made me realize even more that I’m not alone. Channeling grief into a cause like this is an amazing way to help others and to fight for a cause in their memory 🙏✊🏻. #outofthedarknesswalk #stopsuicide #youmatter #ootdvc

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Kimberley Wilson

Kimberley Wilson is a chartered psychologist specialising in Whole Body Mental Health and a NHS Mental Health Trust Governor. Kimberley is an award-winning food producer with training in nutrition and looks at the role food and lifestyle plays in our mental health, including disordered eating, the gut-brain axis and our emotional relationship with food.

 

 

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RESEARCH || A new meta-analysis (MA) – in which the results of several smaller trials are pooled to look for overall trends – indicates that omega 3 supplementation may be beneficial in treating depression. In this MA, 1089 depressed people taking supplements were compared to 1071 taking a placebo. They found that, in particular, doses of about 1g of omega 3, where at least 60% was in the form of EPA were most helpful in reducing depressive symptoms. ° ° 🔍Omega 3s are essential fats, this means they are required for good health but your body cannot synthesise them; you must get them food. They are especially abundant and bioavailable from oily fish (sardines, mackerel, herring etc.). The marine omega 3s are Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA). What makes these fats particularly important though, is that they form part of cell membranes (outer walls) in the brain (and retina). They are literally part of the structure of brain cells, so if you do not get enough of them cell structure and brain function is impaired. In addition: 🧠DHA supports cell signalling – how brain cells communicate 🧠EPA can reduce overactive immune function (inflammation). Neuroinflammation is implicated in many mental health conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s Disease. 🧠DHA can promote the production of new brain cells, particularly in an area of the brain called the hippocampus, which is crucial for learning, memory and mood. 🧠EPA may enhance the activity of the dopamine (reward) and serotonin (good mood) systems in the brain, both of which are down-regulated in depression. These trials looked at supplements, as they are easy to standardise for experimental purposes. But it is important to note that a protein in fish called beta-parvalbumin inhibits the formation of a harmful protein called amyloid, and has been linked to a reduced risk of Parkinson’s Disease. REFERENCES https://www.nature.com/articles/s41398-019-0515-5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1892224/ https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-23850-0 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213422015005387?via%3Dihub

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 Women in STEM  


Dr Sally Eaves

A member of the Forbes Technology Council, Sally is an award-winning international keynote speaker and influencer with globally leading rankings across all advanced technology disciplines, digital transformation, future of work and social innovation aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. She has recently been ranked 8th in the World in Blockchain and is continually ranked in the top 10 for digital disruption and across frontier technology subjects by leading bodies such as Onalytica.

Sally is also the Social Impact lead for the UK Government Blockchain Association and contributes to UK parliamentary policy thought leadership.


Kate Russell

Kate Russell is an English technology reporter, author, speaker, gamer & streamer. Kate promotes women in tech and gaming and speaks at conferences and digital strategy and policy meetings, as well as lecturing in schools and universities to inspire the next generation of technologists.


Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon

Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE is a British computing, mathematics and language child prodigy. She is currently working with media companies like the BBC and 20th Century Fox to put more tech role models on screen. Dr Anne-Marie is also the co-founder and CEO of Stemettes.


Stemettes

Stemettes is an organisation founded in 2013 which has helped 40,000 girls realise their STEM potential, quoting that “Girls do Science, Technology and Maths too”. Stemettes launched their very own STEM resources app, which is used by thousands of “Stemillion” school club members.


Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani is an American lawyer and politician, and the founder and CEO of @girlswhocode.


Abigail Harrison

Abigail Harrison is an aspiring astronaut inspiring girls to get involved with the United States space program. She dreams to be the first astronaut to Mars. Abigail is the co-founder of @themarsgeneration which is a non profit organisation aiming to build a stronger tomorrow through space and STEAM outreach. She made the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list for Education.


Dr Jess Wade

Dr Jess Wade is an excitable scientist with an enthusiasm for equality. She has been involved in several projects to improve gender inclusion in science, as well as encouraging more young people to study science and engineering. Jess has won numerous awards, such as Institute of Physics (IOP) Early Career Communicator Prize (2015) and “I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!” (2015).

In 2018, Dr Jess Wade set up a GoFundMe page to raise money and campaign to get a copy of Inferior (a powerful, impartial and thoroughly researched look at the causes of these dangerous stereotypes) in every junior and high school library in NYC. Jess wants to inspire a generation of students to understand their potential is not limited by their gender or sex.

She is a keen Wikipedian, and is helping to upload the biographies of women, LGBTQ+ and POC scientists – creating one every day in 2018.


Estefannie

Estefannie is a computer scientist, an engineer and designer. She has a YouTube channel where she likes to ‘overly engineer things’ and document her findings, prototyping, experiments, and failures.

 

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Dr Shini Somara

Dr. Shini Somara translates cutting-edge science into warm-hearted and engaging television.  She has always enjoyed demystifying the secrets behind pioneering technology and innovation.

Shini began her career as a mechanical engineer at Brunel University (London), completing a Bachelors of Engineering (BEng(Hons)) and then an Engineering Doctorate (EngD).

Concerned with diversity, inclusivity and the lack of women in STEM subjects, Shini has also launched a weekly podcast called Scilence, which features many of the female scientists she has met throughout her career. Scilence provides a safe place for women to share how they survive and thrive in male-dominated industries


Ruth Amos

Ruth Amos is an inventor and engineer, who builds children’s innovations on her YouTube channel. She invented StairSteady, an aid to enable people with limited mobility to use stairs safely and confidently.


Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is an international non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. Girls Who Code has reached 185,000 girls to date through its programs with 50% of the girls served from historically underrepresented groups.

Women In Technology

Created by Maggie Berry, Women in technology is a profile dedicated to sharing, retweeting and supporting #womenintech

Dr Melanie Windridge

Dr Melanie Windridge is a plasma physicist, speaker and  writer. She has a PhD in fusion energy from Imperial College London, has worked in education with the Ogden Trust, Anturus and the Your Life campaign, and is a STEM Ambassador.

Dr Lucy Rogers

Dr Lucy Rogers is an inventor with a sense of fun. An engineer and fellow of the IMechE by training, she is adept at bringing ideas to life, from robot dinosaurs at a theme park to mini-mannequins for a dressmaker and even a fartometer for IBM! She is one of the leading supporters of the maker industry and is maker-in-chief of the Guild of Makers. She is also a Visiting Professor in Tinkering and Talking at Brunel University.

Anima Anandkumar

Animashree Anandkumar is the Bren Professor of Computing at California Institute of Technology. She is a director of Machine Learning research at NVIDIA. Her research considers tensor-algebraic methods, deep learning and non-convex problems

Ocean Ramsey

Ocean Ramsey is a shark conservationist, biologist, research diver & 10yr professional PADI scuba instructor. She has traveled the world teaching diving & working with sharks, rays, and other marine life in research, conservation, and recreational projects. She studied Marine Biology at University and hopes to eventually finish her studies with a masters or doctorate in Ethology (animal behaviour)

 

 

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Waking up to pancake…sharks 💕 #Stingrays #PancakeSharks Good morning pancake…Sharks 💕💕 Happily back Home in #Hawaii and in the busy work grind catch up but part of my heart will forever be in #Tahiti Photo by my ❤️ @juansharks of me with the charismatic “Pancake Sharks” 💕 We will have to lose extra sleep to go through so many fun photos. Grateful for life and experiences and perspective. Special thanks to @pierrick_moana of @maomanafoundation & @mooreamoanatours for spending so much time showing us around and my dear Seaster @kokocuvier of @ladysharkexpeditions just wish we had more time 💙. They are doing Jawsome things in the community via @maomanafoundation and you can enjoy whales, sharks, and rays with them via @mooreamoanatours #frenchpolynesia is one of my most favorite places in the world, it’s so beautiful, I just hope others that go visit there will help keep it that way, please 💙. #ConsumeMindfully #BeKind #RespectTheLocals #RespectSharks #SaveTheReef #Savetheocean #helpsavesharks #ocean #reapecttheocean #stingray #stingrays #ray Wetsuit : Tiger Shark by @xcelwetsuits #FreedivingFins and #DiveMask by @cressi1946 #TheBest #Freediving gear for enjoying time and #Life #Underwater

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Imogene Cancellare

Imogene Cancellare is a conservation biologist and National Geographic Explorer who conducts research on rare and elusive wildlife. Her background is in landscape and conservation genetics, population ecology, and wildlife management, primarily with carnivores and amphibians.  Imogene is currently a PhD student at the University of Delaware, where she is working with Panthera to research the phylogeography and genetic structure of snow leopards across High Asia.

 

 

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🗣Sound on! It’s Friday and I’m packing to move house tomorrow. I’m a bit of a mess, a tad stressed, but I am FEELING MYSELF for crossing things off my to-do list! While I’m not in the lab for another month, this outtake from a recent project sums up my mood. 🙋🏼‍♀️ A few months ago, a major tv company put out an ad featuring only their male tv hosts, mostly white men. Because #ScienceIsForEveryone, a group of us decided to make that point loud and clear with our own video featuring women of all backgrounds and disciplines to say WE ARE HERE. To say this collaboration was loads of fun is an understatement, and the public reception was incredibly positive. (Haven’t seen it? Link in story) 🤓 It’s obvious that many of us recognize the importance of diversity and inclusivity in science, but diversifying STEM fields requires changing the system. Recruitment alone isn’t enough if we don’t make resources available for EVERYONE. While our fun video can’t solve all these issues, I’m proud to have friends and colleagues who refuse to turn down the volume until representation and access are equal across ALL levels. Shout out to fellow scientists and co-creators of our music video @sarahmackattack @hood__naturalist @afro_herper @lady_naturalist @wildwildtwest @volcano.jess @thewildlifehost @alieward @corvidresearch @constababble for being hilarious, giving, and so, so cool. I’m proud to know you and call you friends! 🤩 Who, or what, are you proud of this week? Tag a friend to show them some love, or celebrate crossing something off your to-do list by sharing! We can all use a little Friday Feels.

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Andini Makosinsk

Ann Makosinski is a Canadian student inventor and public speaker. She won the Google Science Fair in 2013 for her thermoelectric flashlight.

IronRingGirls

Mina Dezyanian created Ironringgirls in 2016 with the hope of bringing together women in engineering. Since then the community has become one of strong, confident and supportive women helping each other to build their careers in the STEM profession.

 

Roma Agrawal

Roma Agrawal, MBE FICE is an Indian-British-American chartered structural engineer based in London. She has worked on several major engineering projects, including the Shard. Agrawal is also a diversity campaigner, championing women in engineering.

Dr R Khan

Dr. Khan is a strong advocate for women in medicine. She has given lectures in several countries on gender workplace dynamics and contract negotiation strategies for women in healthcare.  Understanding the unique history of gender imbalance in healthcare is what drives her to empower women today.  She currently practices and teach critical care and neuro critical care medicine as an assistant professor of clinical medicine at USC in Los Angeles, CA.

 

 

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She gets EVERYTHING she wants and happiness all by her own damn self! 🙌🏼💕 A medical career wasn’t always easy, and still isn’t, but each week I try to give it my all. It wasn’t too long ago that I was struggling to apply to medical school (2003) residency (2007), and competitive fellowships (2010). You can do it too! You’ll make it! I figured out strategies along the way that helped me stand out! Here’s a little pocket inspiration going into the weekend. Tell me about your pocket inspiration in the comments below! P.S. scared of applying to residency or fellowship? doors are open for the residency roadmap accelerator program, link in bio, and you can get a free application strategy session with me. Inspired by @feministvoice post #mondayinspo #attendinglife #femaledocaware #womeninmedicine #medschool #eras #residency #medstudentlife

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Laura Medalia

Laura Medalia is a software engineer and avid Instagram user. She majored in english, but taught herself code on the side. From college she got a job in a health tech startup. Laura shares how she crushes the coding stereotypes through her Instagram.

Marie – Girl Knows Tech

Marie is a software engineer and has just started a masters in machine learning. Marie is passionate about getting more girls and women interested in tech and runs a blog series called Girl Knows Tech. Marie does everything she can to expose tech to underrepresented minorities.

 

Taylor Richardson

Taylor Denise Richardson, popularly known as Astronaut StarBright, is a high-school student and aspiring astronaut. She is an advocate, activist, speaker and philanthropist. She has crowd funded over $40,000 to send girls to see A Wrinkle in Time and Hidden Figures.

Teresa Ambrosio

Teresa is currently doing a PhD in Sustainable Chemistry and is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in science.

Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie L. Krawcheck is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, a digital financial advisor for women. She speaks passionately on the topics of closing the gender investing gap and financial feminism.

  Activists   


Yeonmi Park

Yeonmi Park is a human rights activist. She was born in the North Korean city of Hyesan, close to the Chinese border. After her father was imprisoned for trading on the black market, the family were branded criminals and forced to the margins of society.

In 2007 Yeonmi and her mother defected from North Korea, eventually finding asylum in South Korea. Since then she has travelled the world to speak out against the brutal communist regime in North Korea, currently led by Kim Jong-un, who inherited the leadership from his father and grandfather. Her memoir, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom, was published in 2015.


Nimco Ali

Nimco is a British Somali feminist and social activist. She is co-founder and director of Daughters of Eve, a survivor-led organisation which has helped to transform the approach to ending female genital mutilation (FGM).  Nimco formerly worked on ‘The Girl Generation: Together to End FGM’ campaign, which celebrates the Africa-led movement to end FGM in one generation.


Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Roberta Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist responsible for leading a women’s nonviolent peace movement, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003.

She, along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman, were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”


Gloria Steinem

Gloria is a acclaimed journalist, trailblazing feminist, and one of the most visible, passionate leaders and spokeswomen of the women’s rights movement in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Steinem’s life has been dedicated to the cause of women’s rights, as she led marches and toured the country as an in-demand speaker. An award-winning and prolific writer, Steinem has authored several books, including a biography on Marilyn Monroe, and the best-selling My Life on the Road.

 

The Confidence Corner

The Confidence Corner was founded by Callie Thorpe and focuses on having confidence in all walks of life, whether that be in your own skin, your career or even in your health. The Confidence Corner also has an online podcast dedicated to continuing the conversation around important issues such as mental health and body image.

 

 

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If it’s not your body. It’s not yours to comment on. Fat, skinny, short, tall . It doesn’t matter🙋🏻‍♀️ #Dumplin #netflixmovies Illustration by. @love.geun #repost

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Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is an American lawyer, university administrator and writer, who was the first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, and was the first African-American first lady.

 

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#InternationalYouthDay has me thinking about how, whenever I traveled abroad during my time as First Lady, I always tried to spend time with young people. I wanted to break outside of the conference halls and grand palaces and see how people really lived. So I visited girls in their classrooms in Cambodia and Liberia. I played table tennis with young people in China and danced with children in Mexico. The energy, the courage, the determination of these young women and young men — it never failed to inspire me. These are the young people who helped spur my work with the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance, where we’re doing our part to make sure every young woman on this planet has the chance to go to school and pursue her dreams. So today on #InternationalYouthDay, I hope you’ll join us to support these girls every single day. Check out the link in my bio to learn more.

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Tunggal Pawestri

Tunggal Pawestri is a prominent women’s rights activist in Indonesia. She works as an independent consultant for different institutions on gender, human rights and SRHR issues. She regularly writes op-eds mainly on women’s rights issues for different media outlets.

Namita Bhandare

Namita Bhandare is a Delhi-based journalist and columnist; the mother of two daughters who quit her day job to freelance from home. She frequently writes on women’s issues for her fortnightly column with the Hindustan Times. Following the December gang-rape of a medical student in Delhi, she also started an online petition, Stop Rape Now, which gathered over six lakh signatures and is one of the largest petitions out of India. She also features in a documentary film, Silent Screams: India’s Fight Against Rape made by Miditech for Channel NewsAsia.

Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt is a The New York Times best-selling author, speaker, commentator, and feminist leader who has gained national recognition as a social and political advocate of women’s rights.

Seyi Akiwowo

Seyi Akiwowo is a British women’s rights activist and campaigner. She is the founder and director of Glitch, a non-profit campaigning to end online abuse. Akiwowo was selected as the Amnesty International Human Rights Defender in 2018 and the Digital Leader of the Year in 2019.

Domenique Fragale

Awarded The Diana Award Against Bullying at the age of 13 for her contribution on anti-bullying and gun-crime awareness short film ‘Wednesday’s Child.’ After a close friend took her life due to depression, Domenique became an Ambassador for MQ Mental Health. She works as a public speaker on these topics, as well as inspirational writer, presenter, life-empowerment coach and Deputy Miss England.
Her motto: Educate, Encourage, Empower.

Casar Jacobson

Casar Jacobson is a disability and gender equality rights activist and a UN Women Youth Champion. Casar is Former Miss Canada, Miss Global Peace and Deaf International Entrepreneur. She was the winner of Miss Canada Globe 2012/2013.

Wade Davis

Former NFL Player Wade Davis is a thought leader, public speaker, and consultant on gender, race, and orientation equality. Wade is the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant and currently consults for numerous professional sports leagues on issues at the intersection sexism, racism and homophobia.

 

Gina Martin

Gina Martin is a writer and activist, who campaigns to make upskirting – taking a photo up a person’s skirt without their consent –  a sexual offence in England and Wales.

 

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I’ve given myself a gag order online for 12 hours in support of the thousands of women who are silenced by Non Disclosure Agreements. 🤫 There’s no forgetting that 2 years ago Harvey Weinstein used NDAs to silence victims of his abhorrent behaviour, and we saw it with Phillip Green too, but across the UK women are still being bullied and forced out of work for a plethora of reasons. One of the most common? Pregnancy. Pregnant women and mother’s are dealing with maternity discrimination in the work place constantly, and employers ~still~ use legal weapons, like NDAs to force their silence. I’m a huge believer in using your voice, but the threat of losing your job and livelihood would keep anyone silent. Current legislation on this issue does not go far enough; so I am using my voice to demand that the silence be broken. This is all I’ll be posting today and in return I’d love for you to sign the petition in my bio for @pregnant_then_screwed ☝️☝️ #12hrgag #nondisclosureagreement #breakthesilence

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Yara Shahidi

Yara Sayeh Shahidi is an American actress, model, and activist. Yara Shahidi Has a Simple Goal: Empower a Generation of Activists

 

 

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Kia Ora New Zealand 🌸 Can’t wait to share more about my amazing time here ~ #PowerOfInclusionSummit

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Adwoa Aboah

Adwoa Aboah is a model and activist. She is an ambassador for diversity in fashion with the British Fashion Council and is founder of GURLS TALK

 

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Last day on the Back2School with @gurlstalk road trip in collaboration with @speakers4schools and the team were in Scotland at Blairgowrie Highschool. An amazing end to a truly unforgettable trip, the students at this school completely blew me away with their response and engagement to both the assembly and workshop. The awkward conversation of sex was discussed and the pressures that teenagers face surrounding it. Losing ones virginity or maybe being the only one who hasn’t and how scary that feels when no one talks about it. I felt a real sense of pride for all the boys who took part, speaking openly about the challenges they face in today’s society but bravely asking the question of what they can do to change these social norms. I was left speechless as I walked from group to group and for that I am truly grateful. A special thanks goes out to Mr O’Hara and Deputy Head Miss Hill, you two are one of a kind. #back2school with #gurlstalk

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Emma Watson

Emma Watson is an English actress, model and activist. She is best known for her portrayal of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise. In recent years she has focused on feminist activism, most notably as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the HeForShe campaign

 

 

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“We urge G7 leaders to be as brave as women and girls are every single day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We expect G7 states to urgently adopt, fully implement and fund, the most ambitious legislative frameworks on combating gender based violence against women in order to create a fair, safe and dignified world for its constituents. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This goes beyond politics, and left and right. We are simply asking member states to protect universal human rights and be the leaders we know they can be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As human beings, please do not be passive bystanders to the attacks and roll backs we see happening all around us and every day on women’s rights all across the world – be active participants in moving us forward.” ~ @g7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, Paris 2019

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Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education. As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 but survived. In 2014, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize

Lliana Bird

Lliana Bird, known professionally as Birdy, is a British radio presenter, writer, actress, and co-founder of charities Help Refugees and The Kindly Collective.

 

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14 great organisations supporting immigrants and refugees in the USA – check out ireallydocare.com

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Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg is a Swedish teenage environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition. Thunberg first became known for her activism in August 2018 when, at age 15, she began spending her school days outside the Swedish parliament to call for stronger action on global warming by holding up a sign saying (in Swedish) “School strike for climate”.

 

 

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When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning! I have Asperger’s syndrome and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And – given the right circumstances – being different is a superpower. I’m not public about my diagnosis to “hide” behind it, but because I know many ignorant people still see it as an “illness”, or something negative. And believe me, my diagnosis has limited me before. Before I started school striking I had no energy, no friends and I didn’t speak to anyone. I just sat alone at home, with an eating disorder. All of that is gone now, since I have found a meaning, in a world that sometimes seems meaningless to so many people. #aspiepower #neurodiverse #npf

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Jameela Jamil

Actor, activist and founder of the body positivity Instagram movement “I Weigh,” Jameela Jamil is balancing the scales in favour of women.

Jameela noticed a toxic trend of pop-culture media judging women by their size. So she took it upon herself to flip the script and measure women by the weight  that really matters— that of their accomplishments.

 

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BODY LIBERATION! Why we should stop saying “everyone needs body positivity” when we feel shut out of the BoPo conversation. We do ABSOLUTELY all need to learn to stop hating our bodies. But that particular movement exists because other people who are bigger, are not believed by doctors, who are abused in the street and who can’t find clothing in their size are the ones that movement was designed for. If that’s not you, or if Bopo is still too much of a challenge for you, because it’s hard to actively love something society is always attacking (which is so unfair because we have the fucking RIGHT to love ourselves) then you can join us at @i_weigh in Body Liberation, whatever your size may be, if you like. Read up the history of the body positive movement and let’s all learn how to support those who are being actively attacked for their size without taking up their space. I constantly get labeled by the media as the “face of bopo” but that’s without my announcing that about myself. In fact, I have been trying to clear that up for over a year. At @i_weigh we are trying to focus on the inside not the outside. That’s not to say we don’t support BoPo. We do. It’s just not our lane.

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Cameron Russel

Cameron Russell is an  American fashion model and activist.  Russell contributed to the #MeToo campaign by reaching out to other models, colleagues, and friends, asking for their personal experiences with harassment and exploitation. She used her platform to anonymously post their testimonies in an attempt to bring further awareness to the sexual harassment many face but never speak up about.

Russell also delivered a TED talk in October 2012, entitled “Looks aren’t Everything. Believe me, I’m a Model”, which went on to become one of the most popular speeches ever given at a TED conference.

 

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This cover! @yumnaaa and @ha.w.a and I schemed for weeks, all read @jennitaur’s book How To Do Nothing, and shared essays and photos and references to work out how we were thinking about sustainability and how we wanted make images about it. We worked with @rachaelwangstudio who has made it her business to know sustainable fashion inside and out. Producers @tannproduction @akanagaki @js.sparro @abbeyfordd found all kinds of creative ways to manage a lean low footprint production. We borrowed art pieces from @cynthiaalbertoweaver and fabric made over 2 years according to indigenous Chinese practices from @angelchang_. Throughout we practiced “embracing and trying to inhabit somewhat fuzzier or blobbier ideas: of maintenance as productivity, of the importance of nonverbal communication, and of the mere experience of life as the highest goal” that Odell wrote about.

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Nadia Murad

Nadia Murad Basee Taha is an Iraqi Yazidi[2][3] human rights activist who lives in Germany.[3] In 2014, she was kidnapped from her hometown Kocho and held by the Islamic State for three months.[4]

Murad is the founder of Nadia’s Initiative, an organization dedicated to “helping women and children victimized by genocide, mass atrocities, and human trafficking to heal and rebuild their lives and communities”.[5]

In 2018, she and Denis Mukwege were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”.[6] She is the first Iraqi and Yazidi to be awarded a Nobel Prize.[7]

Arts and Entertainment 


Michaela DePrince

Michaela DePrince is an American ballet dancer, born in Sierra-Leone during the decade long civil war. She dreamt of becoming a ballerina after seeing the front cover of a magazine blowing in the wind, and after her adoption, at the age of four, she enrolled in ballet classes. She was awarded a scholarship to the American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet where she graduated from in 2012 and when she joined the Dutch National Ballet in 2013 she was the only dancer of African origin.

With her adoptive mother, she authored the book “Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina” in 2014.

 

Ingrid Silva

Ingrid Silva is a Ballerina. Born and raised in a favela of Rio de Janerio, this rising star of ballet began her career at the age of 8, through a groundbreaking social program that seeks out students in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The odds against her, Ingrid flourished under rigorous training.

 

Elizabeth Day

Elizabeth Day is an author, journalist and broadcaster. Inspired by her hugely popular podcast, How to Fail is Elizabeth Day’s latest book: part memoir, part manifesto, this is a book for anyone who has ever failed – in other words, everyone. Based on the simple premise that understanding why we fail ultimately makes us stronger, How to Fail reveals that failure is not what defines us; rather it is how we respond to it that shapes us as individual.

 

Elarica Johnson

Elarica is british actress, known for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), A Discovery of Witches (2018) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017). Elarica is to star in new series P-Valley to air on STARZ in 2020. She started her career in film and TV at the age of 17 in her first role in Harry Potter.

 

 

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Emma Dabiri 

Emma Dabiri is an Irish model, BBC television presenter, visual sociology researcher, and teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS. She has published in a number of anthologies and is the author of the book, Don’t Touch My Hair.

 

Jacqueline Emerson

 Jacqueline is an American actress, singer and feminist. She rose to prominence after she portrayed Foxface in the film The Hunger Games.

 

 

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#senate #houseofrepresentatives #congress #NRA –> DO SOMETHING #gunsaretheproblem #ENOUGH

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Sandy Powell

Sandy Powell is an award-winning costume designer. To date she has won three Academy Awards for Best Costume Design for her work on the movies Shakespeare in Love, The Aviator and The Young Victoria. This year she has been Oscar-nominated for both Carol and Cinderella. In 2011 she was awarded the OBE for services to the film industry.

 

Daisy Buchanan

Daisy is a feminist, writer, host of chart-topping podcast You’re Booked, TEDx talker, and is the author of The Sisterhood – A Love Letter to the Women Who Shaped Me

 

Heidi Murkoff

Heidi Murkoff is the world famous author who wrote the world’s bestselling book series on pregnancy and parenting, “What to Expect.” Her first book, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” which was written after she gave birth to her first child, became a top bestseller, so much so that it has been touted today as the “pregnancy bible.”

 

 

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Reunited and it felt so good #specialdeliveryreunion #schofieldbarracks @usohonoluluhi

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Ava DuVernay

Ava Marie DuVernay is an American filmmaker and film distributor. She won the directing award in the U.S. dramatic competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere, becoming the first black woman to win the award. DuVernay became the first black woman to be nominated for a Golden Glove Award for Best Director, and also the first black female director to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Tavi Gevinson

Tavi is an American writer, magazine editor, and actress. She came to public attention at the age of 12 due to her fashion blog Style Rookie. By the age of 15, she had shifted her focus to pop culture and feminist discussion.

 

Ysra-Daley-Ward

Yrsa Daley-Ward is a writer, model and actor of West Indian and West African heritage who was born in England. She is known for her debut book, Bone, as well as for her spoken-word poetry, and for being an “Instagram poet”. Her memoir, The Terrible, was published in 2018, and in 2019 won the PEN/Ackerley Prize.

 

Hannah Rose Thomas

Hannah Rose Thomas is an English artist and Durham graduate in Arabic and History, and has recently completed her MA at the Prince’s School of Traditional Art in London. Hannah seeks to use art as a tool for advocacy, bringing their stories into places of influence in the West. Hannah has been selected for the Frobes 30 Under 30 2019 and is a recipient of the European International Women’s Leadership Award 2019.

 

 

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Today the UN decide to designate 22 August as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief 💛 . Women from religious minorities, such as these Yezidi women from Kurdistan and Christian women from Northern Nigeria, are doubly vulnerable – targeted both on account of their gender and religion . These paintings will be shown at the @oneyoungworld and @uk_gov Prevention of Sexual Violence Conferences in the coming months. The hope is to help bring about change in government policy so that survivors are supported, stigma erased, and women no longer face targeted sexual violence because of their gender, religion and ethnicity 💛

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Mariah Iddrissi 

Mariah Idrissi is a British model, public speaker, and online personality. Idrissi initially gained recognition as the first Muslim hijab-wearing model when she appeared in H&M’a “Close the Loop” campaign in 2015

 

 

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Stop clout chasing and start building. ✨✨✨

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Feminist Icons and Pages 

Grl Pwr Gang

GRLPWR Gang is a collective of influential women that have come together because they have a shared passion for supporting women in the creative industries and female empowerment. Founded by Kirsti Nicole Hadley, on International Womens Day 2016 the gang collaborate together on paid projects, host free monthly panel talks with Soho House Group and consult for global brands.

 

 

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what has happened in my personal life recently has made me realise that it would be irresponsible of me to continuously talk about working hard to be successful (whatever success looks like to you) without also reminding us all to look after our mental health + not just our own but the mental health of one another too. I went to see @bryonykimmings make ✨ magic ✨ on stage a couple of weeks ago in her one woman show about her own PND “I’m a phoenix, bitch” (IT IS FUCKING AMAZING + YOU MUST GO IF YOU CAN) In the show she says that we have 2 sorts of health, our physical health + our mental health + both are as important as each other + yet we still don’t treat our mental health as seriously as we would a physical ailment. The statistics say that 1 in 4 of us will experience some sort of mental health issue in our lifetime. We all need to start educating ourselves because 1, it could happen to any of us + 2, because sometimes the people that need the most help can be the people you least expect + they may not be capable of reaching out when they need help the most. Let’s look after ourselves + each another in bizz + beyond (I’m starting my own education with “mad girl” by @bryonygordon) art by @sophierosebrampton as part of our @uggineurope partnership #grlshelpinggrls #mentalhealthawareness #girlpower #grlpwr

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Jamia Wilson

Jamia Wilson is a feminist, activist and storyteller. As an Executive Director and Publisher of Feminist Press at City University of New York, the former Women, Action, and the Media Executive Director, TED Prize Storyteller, and former Vice President of Programs at The Women’s Media Center, Jamia has been a powerful force in the social justice movement for nearly a decade. As a leading voice on feminist and women’s rights issues, her work and words have appeared in and on several outlets such as New York Magazine, The Today Show, and The Washington Post. She was named in Refinery29’s “17 Faces of the Future of Feminism.”

Venus Libido 

Venus is a female illustrator based in the South of England. She spent several years working within a variety of different art industries around London before realising she had a burning desire and hidden talent for drawing. The general aesthetic of her work reflects a personal irritation and bitterness that has steamed from experiences of misogyny, patriarchy and a constant fight for equal rights for women in the work place.

Venus also touches on her experiences of mental health. She portrays her thoughts and experiences through her drawings, sometimes touching on issues that are taboo, or not ‘socially acceptable’ to talk about.

 

Feminist Script 

An empowering Instagram page dedicated to serving you all the best, thought-provoking posts on Intersectional feminism

 

 

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Katy Hessel

Katy is a 25-year-old curator, writer, art historian, arts presenter, and is best known for running @thegreatwomenartists, an account that celebrates women artists on a daily basis and presenting The Great Women Artists Podcast.

 

 

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📣📣 SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE 📣📣 The Great Women Artists Podcast ✨🎙✨🎙✨ A podcast all about celebrating women artists from a variety of backgrounds and histories. Presented by GWA founder, Katy Hessel (@katy.hessel), each episode will interview artists on their career, or curators, writers, or general art lovers, on the female artist who means the most to them 🎙🎙 • ….and wow what a line up! I cannot WAIT for you all to listen ✨ I’ve enjoyed writing a daily post everyday for nearly four years, and now is the chance to dig way deeper, celebrate, and learn about some of the most incredible women artists working now or from art history!!! • FIRST EPISODE OUT TUESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER! Head to the link in my bio, iTunes or Spotify to subscribe now and listen to the trailer 🎙✨ • Artwork by @thisisaliceskinner #GWAPodcast #WomenArtists !!!

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UK Feminism 

Empower & Enrage 🌻
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Empowerher NY

Empowerher NY is a collaborative platform founded by Ingrid Silva, created to share stories and give a voice to women who are determined to achieve their goals, despite any challenges they face. The idea of the project is to create a safe environment for all women to discuss their experiences, difficulties, and achievements without judgement, while always encouraging sorority and dialogue.

 

 

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Simple as that. ✨ #successfulwomen

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Women You Should Know

Women You Should Know is an editorial platform dedicated to women’s & girls’ empowerment since 2011. What they do encompasses three supportive sister brands – Women You Should Know®, Women You Should Fund®, and (em)POWER® Laces

 

 

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Born on this day, October 3, in 1897, you should know Cherokee poet, educator, leader, and Native American rights activist, Ruth Muskrat Bronson. . Ruth was born on the Delaware Nation Reservation in Oklahoma to a Cherokee father and an Irish mother. She was the first Native American to represent her people at a world conference (YMCA youth conference in China). She took classes at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Kansas, while lecturing around the country about Native American affairs. She then attended and graduated from Mount Holyoke College. . In 1923, Ruth was invited to the White House as part of the Committee of One Hundred, a gathering of Native American leaders assembled to advise President Coolidge on Native American policy. There as a Cherokee delegate, Ruth presented her ideas on leadership and civil rights for Native Americans. Just months later, on June 2, 1924, Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act, which authorized “the Secretary of the Interior to issue certificates of citizenship to Indians.” (language comes directly from the Act). . After graduating from Mount Holyoke in 1925, Ruth taught English at the Haskell Institute in Kansas, the largest Native American boarding school in the country. In 1931, she was appointed to the Bureau of Indian Affairs as the Guidance and Placement Officer — helping to secure employment for Native Americans after they finished school. Ruth helped to establish the National Congress of American Indians as a unified voice of tribal nations. . Ruth authored a number of books, including Indians Are People Too (Friendship Press, 1944), an educational text designed for Native American students. . In 1962, Ruth was awarded the Oveta Culp Hobby Service Award from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare for her lifetime of work serving Native Americans. . 📷: Public Domain; circa 1923, President Calvin Coolidge presented with a book written by G. E. E. Linquist titled “The Red Man In The United States” (1919). Ruth Muskrat Bronson (center) making the presentation on behalf of the “The Committee of One Hundred” with Rev. Sherman Coolidge (right) . #WomenYouShouldKnow #nativeamericanhistory

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Shado Mag

A multimedia platform driving change at the intersection of art, activism and academia. ✨

 

WOW

A global movement of festivals celebrating women & girls and taking a frank look at the obstacles they face. London in March, the world year-round.

 

Take The Lead Women

Take The Lead Women prepare, develop, inspire & propel women to take their fair & equal share of leadership positions by 2025

 

Makers

Makers’s mission accelerate the women’s movement through stories of real-life experiences that ignite passion and action

 

 

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THIS 👉 We need more allies like John Legend. ✊ #johnlegend

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What To Expect

A community, a family, a sisterhood. 💜

 

 

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Superhero powers include… 👆 #wtemoms #momlife #letterboard | 📸: @mrs.caitlin_fought⁠

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AllBright

Allbright champion women to inspire change.

 

This changes everything Hollywood

Feature documentary uncovering what’s behind the discrimination & under-representation of women in Hollywood.

 

Politics 

Oby Ezekwesili

A fiercely passionate believer in the public good of nations, serving before leading. She is a Nigerian chartered accoutant from Anambra state. Ezekwesili was a 2018 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in transparency in the extractive sector.

Dr Jennifer Cassidy

Dr. Jennifer A Cassidy is a Departmental Lecturer in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford. She was awarded her DPhil from the University of Oxford which centred on the evolving topic of Digital Diplomacy. Her work looked exclusively at how diplomats and Ministries of Foreign Affairs use social media platforms during times of political crises.

In 2017, Jennifer produced the first edited volume on Gender and Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (Routledge)

Liz Truss

Mary Elizabeth Truss (born 26 July 1975), known as Liz Truss, is a British politician serving as Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade since July 2019. Liz was appointed Minister for Women and Equalities on 10 September 2019.

Hannah Bardell

Hannah Mary Bardell MP (born 1 June 1983) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician and has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Livingston since the 2015 general election. She has been the SNP Spokesperson for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport since May 2018

Catherine Mayer

Catherine Mayer is an award-winning journalist and author and the co-founder and President of the Women’s Equality Party. She is the Executive Director of the data technology think tank Datum Future and the co-founder of Primadonna Festival, a festival celebrating brilliant writing, music and ideas. Her books include Attack of the Fifty Foot Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World!

Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an American Democratic Socialist who made headlines in 2018 by beating a 10-term New York Democrat incumbent in a congressional primary, before becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

 

 

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Business

Debra Ruh

Debra’s firm Ruh Global IMPACT consults with Corporations, Governments, UN Agencies, Academia and NGOs on disability inclusion, digital inclusion, Tech4Good, and the UN SDGs. She was selected as the North American representative for UN ILO Global Business and Disability Network and was Nominated as Global Goodwill Ambassador in 2018.

 

 

 Karuna Nundy

Karuna Nundy is an Indian lawyer. She was included by an Economic Times jury in a list of ‘Corporate India’s Fastest Rising Women Leaders’ which cited her as being ‘famous in the corporate world for her expertise in commercial law’.

Nundy, who specializes in human rights litigation, has battled in some of India’s most divisive and challenging cases. She sought justice for the victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, fought for online free speech and contributed to the drafting of India’s  anti-rape laws.

Frederick Joseph

Frederick Joseph is a marketing professional, philanthropist and media representation advocate. He is founder of the creative agency We Have Stories and creator of the #BlackPantherChallenge.

 

 

 

Media and News

Eve Simmons

Eve Simmons is a journalist, writer and deputy health editor of The Mail on Sunday. She is a health myth-busting, food-fad fighting force who also campaigns for better awareness and treatment for people with eating disorders and disordered eaters. She is the author of How To Feel The Fear and Eat It Anyway.

 

Olivia Wayne

Olivia Wayne is a British sports journalist, and co-presenter on the Sky Sports television show Good Morning Sports Fans.

Dr Louise Raw

Dr Louise Raw is a writer, broadcaster, public speaker and historian.

Her book, Striking a Light, now in its sixth reprint, told the story of the groundbreaking 1888 strike by women match makers in Bow, East London, recognising it as the beginning of the modern labour movement and, by extension, the Labour Party. On International Women’s Day 2017, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn acknowledged her work as ‘… a history lesson that should be taught in our schools.’

Louise runs an annual ‘Matchwomen’s Festival’ in London on the anniversary of the strike; speakers have included Tony Benn, Diane Abbott MP and Baroness Shami Chakrabarti.

Louise Court

Louise Court is a British journalist and the former Editor of the UK edition of Cosmopolitan. She is is an advisor and ambassador for SEMA, supporting survivors and victims of sexual violence in warfare.

Victoria Murphy

Victoria Murphy is a journalist specialising in the Royal Family and the author of Sixty Glorious Years.

Jasmine Dotiwala

Jasmine Dotiwala is a British broadcaster, producer, director and columnist.  Currently Dotiwala is Head Of Youth Media at Media Trust. Dotiwala also hosts a weekly Thursday evening radio show on BBC Radio London called The Scene, which shines a spotlight on diverse and marginalized talent across London. She is also a regular pop culture pundit for platforms like SKY News, Metro online and London Live.

Charlie Webster

Charlotte Webster is an English television presenter and campaigner. She is a TEDx speaker and Malaria survivor. Websiter is an ambassador for Womensaid and a government victims advisor.

Jennie Gow

Jennie Gow is an English radio and television presenter and journalist. She was the presenter on BBC Sport’s coverage of MotoGP motorcycle racing for 2010  and is currently to be found presenting and reporting on Formula One for both the BBC and ESPN. She is one of the few women to work in this area  and has mentored girls and young women, who are eager to learn from her success. This has included being an ambassador for the Dare To Be Different charity that promotes and supports women working in motorsport, a sector which has been traditionally male-dominated.

June Sarpong

June Konadu Sarpong MBE is a British television broadcaster and former panellist on ITV’s Loose Women. She is currently a panellist on the Sky News programme The Pledge. In October 2019, Sarpong was appointed as the BBC’s first Director of Creative Diversity

Katie Thistleton

Katie Thistleton is a TV and radio presenter, NCTJ qualified journalist and author, best known for her work on BBC Radio 1 and CBBC. Katie is an ambassador for charities Place2be and YoungMinds and is currently undergoing mental health training with the latter.

Vick Hope

Vick Hope is a television and radio presenter. She hosts the Capital Breakfast show on Capital FM radio station. She also presents Carnage on Sky One, Trending Live on 4Music, FYI Daily on ITV2 and became the digital reporter for The Voice UK in 2018.

Lilia Luciano

Lilia Luciano is an award-winning investigative journalist, documentary film director, producer and public speaker.  In 2019 her documentary Puerto Rico Rises, which she directed and produced for ABC 10 in Sacramento, earned her a Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in journalism as well as a regional Emmy Award. Her work on the U.S. Mexico border earned her an Emmy Award in 2019 and her coverage of the Northern California Wildfires have received regional Emmys two years in a row as well an Edward R. Murrow Award.

In 2018 she was the chief investigative correspondent for Discovery Channel’s Border Live telling immersive stories about the people who live, work and survive along the U.S.-Mexico border. She is the director and producer of Wars of Others, an HBO Latino film about the social, environmental, health and security consequences of the war on drugs in Colombia. She also worked as a host on several VICE platforms, including VICE News, VICELAND and Munchies. She is the founder of CoInspire, a video and event platform that explores values of entrepreneurship.

Luciano sits on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign to promote access to quality education and the well-being of girls worldwide. She has been a speaker and moderator at multiple tech conferences around the world, including The Oslo Freedom Forum, TEDx, Nexus Global Youth Summit, SIME and Reinvention.

 

Harriet Minter

Harriet Minter is a journalist and broadcaster, she was the founding head of the Guardian Professional’s Women in Leadership initiative. Interviewing countless successful women and sharing their stories with the public, she continues to specialise in women in leadership. Harriet writes a column for the Guardian on Women in Tech, hosts the Badass Women’s Hour on Talk Radio and is an influential figure for women in business.

Gemma Cairney

Gemma Cairney is an award-winning broadcaster and author best known for her work on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music. She has a passion for women’s rights, equality and was the chair of the Empower Conference in 2018. Her acclaimed television documentaries include History of Feminism, Riots: The Aftershock and Dying for Clear Skin.

Clarissa Ward

Clarissa Ward is an award-winning television foreign correspondent. Born in London, she spent her childhood there and in New York, attending boarding school in the UK and then Yale University. Beginning her career at Fox News, she moved to ABC and CBS before joining CNN as a senior international correspondent based in London.

She has reported many times from Syria, dodging gunfire and bombs and, on one occasion, confronting a jihadist with evidence that he had killed prisoners he claimed to have been protecting.

Alice Aedy

Alice Aedy is a 25 year-old documentary photographer, film-maker and activist. Alice graduated with a degree in History and Politics from LSE in 2015 and spent much of 2015-18 on the front-lines of the European refugee crisis, reporting from inside refugee camps across Europe and the Middle East. Her focus is on migration, women’s rights and environmental issues.

Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist. Her work often focuses on conflicts and human rights issues, especially the role of women in traditional societies.

 

Charities & Campaigns

Dare to be different

Dare to be Different, a non-profit association that inspires, connects & showcases women who work in every aspect of racing.

Girl Guiding

The leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, empowering nearly half a million girls to be their best and face the challenges of growing up today.

Vital Voices

Vital Voices Global Partnership is an American international non-profit that works with women leaders in the areas of economic empowerment, women’s political participation, and human rights.

National Literacy Trust

National Literacy Trust is an independent charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious literary prizes. It is awarded annually to a female author of any nationality for the best original full-length novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom in the preceding year.

Plan International

Plan International works to advance children’s rights and equality for girls. Their #GirlsGetEqual campaign is all about giving young campaigners the platform to lead the movement for gender equality. One of the key parts of this is campaigning for freedom for girls online – combatting online abuse so they can speak out on social platforms without fear.

 

Positive Supporters

Inspiring Vanessa

“Inspiring Vanessa” aka Vanessa Sam is a 13 year-old international motivational multi-award-winning speaker (one of the youngest in the UK), author of a book The 5 Secrets to Public Speaking Success and Vanessa’s
Book of Quotes, Youtuber, presenter and a model. Vanessa’s mission is to inspire children and adults around the world to believe in themselves and have the courage to be whoever they want to be.

 

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#inspiringvanessa Everyone goes on a different pace, don’t rush yourself #mondaymotivation

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Kandyse McClure

Kandyse is a South-African born Canadian actress. She has played Anastasia Dualla on the Sci-Fi Channel’s television program Battlestar Galactica, and Dr. Clementine Chasseur on the  Netflix original series Hemlock Grove.

 

 

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I wear glasses now 🤓 📸 @byrdjeff

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Kandyse McClure

Kandyse is a South-African born Canadian actress. She has played Anastasia Dualla on the Sci-Fi Channel’s television program Battlestar Galactica, and Dr. Clementine Chasseur on the  Netflix original series Hemlock Grove.

 

 

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Delphine Traore

Delphine is the COO-Member of the Executive Board @ Allianz-africa.com, Traoré has received a number of awards and recognitions for the role she has played in the region’s insurance and risk management sector and was named as a woman to watch in the 2018 women to watch list by Business Insurance.

 

Amazing Arabella

Arabella is a beauty, fashion and lifestyle Influencer, who was listed as 1 of 10 global teen Influencers. She created her YouTube and Instagram channels ‘Amazing Arabella’, earning a following over 250,000. Arabella is also a huge supporter of charities. She’s an ambassador for WWF UK, and has collaborated with Prince Harry’s Well Child, Honey Pot and Rainbow trust charity to name a few.

Dr Emmy van Deurzenâ

Dr Emmy van Deurzenâ is a philosopher and existential psychotherapist who is also a counselling psychologist. She has published fifteen books on existential therapy and the challenges of the human condition.

Scott Eddy

After 10 years as a stockbroker on Wall Street, Scott Eddy decided the corporate world was not for him. He took off on a trip of a lifetime, which would slowly transform into a lifestyle. He is currently the TV host of a new travel series called Globetrotter

C.C. Chapman

Charles “C.C.” Chapman is an American author, marketing consultant, and frequent speaker about content marketing. He is a former manager of PodShow’s Podsafe Music Network, and was a prominent figure in the community of podcasting and podsafe music

Kath Evans

Kath Evans is the director of Children’s nursing. She is committed to ensuring the voices of children, young people, families/carers and maternity users are heard.

Sarah O’ Connell

Sarah O’Connell hosts The Sarah O’Connell Show on Youtube – an entertainment show featuring celebrity interviews with actors, comedians and entertainers. She’s also a film critic, events host and artist.

Kandyse McClure

Kandyse McClure is a South African born Canadian actress. 

 

 

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Rebeckah Vaughan

Rebeckah is a talented actress with over 10 years of experience. She has demonstrated her acting talent in various genres including drama, comedy, action, thriller and many musicals. Rebeckah appears regularly in the media, and her commitment to local charities is commendable.

Samuel West

Rebeckah is a talented actress with over 10 years of experience. She has demonstrated her acting talent in various genres including drama, comedy, action, thriller and many musicals. Rebeckah appears regularly in the media, and her commitment to local charities is commendable.

Vivicca Whitsett

Vivicca A. Whitsett is an American actress, comedian, and labor activist. In 2011, Vivicca was named the National Co-Chair of SAG’s EEO Committee, where they had the most successful Black History Month panel featuring Tarji P. Henson, Marla Gibbs, John Singleton moderated by Wayne Brady More than 800 union members attended this event, with media coverage from Beverly Hills to India

Chizzy Akudolu

Chizzy Akudolu is a British actress, writer and presenter.

 

Victoria Murphy

Journalist specializing in the Royal Family. She has interviewed Prince Harry and has travelled the world covering several royal tours. She was the Daily Mirror‘s Royal Correspondent and is a frequent contributor to Good Morning America.

Conor McIntyre 

He is an actor, known for Coronation Street (1960).