#BeBoldForChange with Team FEMALE’s Superwomen | International Women’s Day 2017

Happy International Women’s Day 2017!

The campaign theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange. It’s a call to arms for everyone to help forge a more gender-inclusive working world where women are valued, compensated and treated equally.

Here are the women who have inspired us to be #BeBoldForChange and follow in their footsteps in making the workplace – and the world – a better and more fair place for women.

“I’ve always admired Yasmin Ahmad’s passion, ambition and talent for film and the arts. I think that many in Malaysia still believe filmmaking and directing is a far-fetched ambition, especially for women, but Yasmin has proved to us all that it is possible for females to break out in the industry and make their mark behind the lens, not just in front of them. I love her Petronas ads- and Sepet made me bawl uncontrollably!”

Arielle, Editorial Assistant

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Oprah. She has been through crap in terms of pay discrimination especially when she first kick-started her TV career. But she made it a point to prove to her boss that she could own her own TV show and decide who gets a paycheck. Way to go, Oprah! I wanna be you one day.”

Vasenta, Deputy Features and Lifestyle Editor

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“If it weren’t for Mademoiselle Coco Chanel, I don’t think women would be wearing pants today. Sure, our love for skirts and dresses will never die, but some days, nothing beats pieces that are borrowed from the boys i.e. boyfriend jeans, shirt etc.”

Joanna, Special Projects Writer

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Datin Mina Cheah-Foong of The Body Shop is one of the boldest women I know. I was fortunate enough to work with her and see first-hand how she has used her business as a force for good to help women, minorities, and the less privileged. Over the years, she has been a tireless champion for inclusivity, diversity, and equality for all women in the workplace - including trans women.”

Yi-Di, Senior Web Writer

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Natalie Portman has always been a strong advocate for rising above gender stereotypes and demanding equal rights for women. Her recent speech at the Women's March back in January was inspiring and impactful - I loved her comments on women's freedom to their own bodies and empowering them to be leaders. I especially liked her reference to the new President. Can I say… BURN?”

Alya, Editorial Assistant

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"I knew we were finally on the road to change back during the 2015 Emmys when Amy Poehler started the #SmartGirlsAsk campaign. This campaign encouraged reporters to ask female celebs questions more substantial than just "Who are you wearing today?" I thought that if we could see these famous women being asked smart questions for once, maybe we too would take equal rights seriously. I might love Amy for her comedic acting,but creating #SmartGirlsAsk is the best thing she’s done by far."

Tammy, Editorial Assistant

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Want to take action as well? Here’s how. You can #BeBoldForChange by campaigning for small changes in your own workplace. Challenge conscious and unconscious bias, question inequality, celebrate women’s accomplishments, and champion their education!


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