“It can be hard to take the time to ask ourselves who we truly want to be — not what we think other people will approve of or accept, but who we really are. But when you listen to yourself, you can make the choice to step forward and learn and change.”
Actress, filmmaker and humanitarian, Angelina Jolie is internationally recognised for her tireless commitment to improving human rights and gender equality globally.
“Why are we not valuing the word 'feminism' when there is so much work to be done in terms of empowerment and emancipation of women everywhere?”
In addition to her career as a musician, Annie Lennox is a renowned humanitarian activist and often takes to her social media to call out the extreme injustices faced by women and girls worldwide.
“The worst thing that we can do as women is not stand up for each other, and this is something we can practice every day, no matter where we are and what we do — women sticking up for other women, choosing to protect and celebrate each other instead of competing or criticizing one another. Women’s rights are human rights.”
Human rights barrister Amal Clooney continually talks on the state of women in the world, promoting every day acts of feminism for women to come together against inequality.
“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, not as two opposing sets of ideals.”
Emma Watson first gained recognition as an actress and since has used her platform to advocate for women’s rights, both as a UN Women Goodwill ambassador and forming part of an advisory group to the G7 on gender equality.
“If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.”
Anita Roddick was a British businesswoman, human rights activist and environmental campaign, known for founding The Body Shop. The company was one of the first to widely promote fair trade and prohibit testing on animals.
“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can”
Mexican painter Frida Kahlo’s work was relatively unknown until after her death when it was rediscovered by art historians and political activists. It is now celebrated internationally for its uncompromising depiction of the female form and experience.