Happy International Women’s day Show + Tellers!! As you know, we are MAD for women here – women like YOU who are doing incredible things everyday; raising kids, kicking career goals, caring for families and starting up the businesses of your dreams. Never has there been a more exciting time to be a woman. In celebration of this year’s theme, #BeBoldForChange, we bring you five women who are doing exactly that: boldly and bravely changing the world in their own special and unique way.
Moana Hope: The ultimate example of working your arse off to achieve your dreams, Moana Hope is the kind of woman I want my daughter to be. Growing up in a two-bedroom housing commission home in Melbourne’s north and one of 14 siblings, Moana started playing footy competitively at just seven years old. At 13, with no viable female youth team to join, Moana joined the Hatfield senior women’s team and continued kicking goals all the way to being signed on to Collingwood as one of two marquee players in the inaugural AFL women’s league.
While Moana is inspiring and ultra-impressive on the field, it is her life off the field that really shows what this incredible woman is made of. Moana juggles her job, her footy career and full-time care of her 21-year-old sister, Lavinia, who has a rare neurological condition known as Mobius syndrome. In an interview with the Herald-Sun, Moana said of her 18-hour work days, “I love my job. It gives me a good income, enough to support Lavinia, myself and my family. I love football and I love Lavinia. When you combine the things you love, sleep doesn’t matter much.” What a woman. You can learn more about the AFL women’s competition here.
Canna Campbell: Whenever I think of the word ‘finances’ my eyes glaze over and my brain goes into lockdown. While massively important, learning about stuff like investments and money-management can be drier than a five-day-old Salada. Enter Canna Campbell, the financial guru changing the way women see money and moreover, their own personal power when it comes to it. This hugely successful powerhouse is a single mum who has taken the boring out of financial advice and jazzed it up in easy-to-digest and relatable chunks on her website, SugarMamma TV.
Canna is wildly passionate about educating women about financial independence and her enthusiasm is contagious. Not only does she provide information on things such as paying your mortgage off quicker and ideas on making some quick cash, she also covers topics such as creating a capsule wardrobe and inexpensive interior design ideas for your home. Simply put, she’s your one-stop-shop for all things finance – with style. Visit SugarMamma TV here.
Sarah Harry: The word ‘fat’ has always been a negative one in my mind, but Sarah Harry has reclaimed it in the best possible way. As founder and owner of Fat Yoga, Sarah’s motto is simple but powerful: All bodies are yoga bodies. She has created a safe space for women of larger sizes to practise yoga in a supportive environment that is overflowing with body positivity and a genuine awe of EVERY body. Unbelievably, Sarah, who has over 20 years experience as a yogi, is the first women to offer yoga classes specifically designed for women who identify as fat.
As co-director alongside the beautiful Fiona Sutherland at Body Positive Australia, Sarah is on a mission to ensure women care, nurture and most importantly, LOVE their bodies, exactly as they are. In addition to her yoga practise, Sarah is also a Body Image and Eating Disorder specialist and author of the book, Fat Yoga – Yoga For All Bodies. We love her, and the work she’s doing. Big time. You can learn more about Fat Yoga here.
Justine Flynn: Proving that age is no barrier when it comes to making BIG changes on a global scale, Justine Flynn founded Thankyou in 2008 alongside her now-husband, Jarryd Burns, when they were just 19 and 20-year-old uni students. In just eight years, Justine’s brainchild has given over $5.5 million to people in need in 17 countries. With their stylish packaging and bloody awesome products including fab hand and body washes, water, hand creams, delicious mueslis, snack bars and now, baby products, Thankyou works by donating 100% of profits to the people who need it the most.
Their idea is simple: “Almost a billion people live in extreme poverty, while six billion people don’t. We reckon the six billion of us could work together to put an end to global poverty, for good.” What’s not to love? When you purchase a Thankyou product online, you can even use their Track your Impact service which allows you to see the incredible difference your purchase has made by informing you which project you’re purchase is helping to fund. It’s a win/win in the best way: amazing products that look great, taste and feel even better, and allow YOU, the consumer, the make a big difference to the lives of those less fortunate. Brava Justine, we reckon you’re tops! Shop Thankyou here.
Dr Susan Carland: I’m not shy to admit that Susan Carland is my ultimate lady crush. She is the perfect mix of funny, uber-smart and totally cool, with the ability to inform and teach without ever coming off as preachy. Susan converted to Islam at the age of 19 and is a woman who is unapologetically strong in her faith and the beauty and peace at its core. She has a clever and approachable way of breaking down stereotypes that despite her incredible level of intelligence, are easily understood by all.
Speaking of intelligence, Susan is an author, social commentator and academic who lectures at Melbourne’s Monash University, where she received her PhD as a Doctor of Philosophy at the School of Social Sciences. Her main teachings are on sociology and gender, with a strong focus on the experiences of Muslims, particularly women, living in Australia. She is gloriously outspoken when it comes to topics such as the hijab and burqa, stating, “In a society where women’s bodies are used to sell everything from toothpaste to cars, [for those women] covering [their] body is about…saying ‘I’ll decide who sees my body and what parts they get to see by wearing a hijab and covering my body I’m choosing to not have my body commodified in that way.’”
To put it bluntly, Susan has copped a shitload of abuse on social media simply for being a strong and confident Muslim woman and in 2015, she turned hate on its head by donating $1 for every revolting tweet she received to UNICEF. She is also a mum of two gorgeous kids and wife to The Project’s Waleed Aly, who when receiving his Gold Logies stated, “If she had my job she’d be much better at it than me. She’s sharper, wittier, funnier and infinitely more charming and likeable.” We couldn’t love Susan more if we tried.
Tell us about the woman who inspires you the most!