International Women’s Day 2017 falls on March 8th this year. The movement mantra for the year is #BeBoldForChange. IWD celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.

Feeling inspired, the Typeface team have each chosen a woman to celebrate.

Amy Poehler

Occupation: Actress, comedian.
What about this woman inspires you?
Not only is Amy Poehler a hilarious comedian and a great actress she is also a fierce feminist and a humanitarian. Challenging social norms and helping girls all around the world with the website she co-founded – ‘Smart Girls’. Which helps girls growing up to be unapologetically themselves and shows that being clever isn’t something to be ashamed of. 

Amy inspires me to see the funny side of the world we live in, as well as showing me that you should always stand up for what you believe in. She inspires me to be myself without having to worry about what anyone else thinks. 

by Megan.

Olivia Jackson

Occupation: Stunt Performer
What about this woman inspires you?
I don’t even know how I came across Olivia Jackson on Instagram, but in short, she is a total bad ass. Olivia shares images from her world as a stunt professional and more personal shots of a normal, loving home-life. While working on a Resident Evil Film, a stunt that Olivia was working on went horribly wrong, which ultimately led to her left arm being amputated and multiple other life-changing injuries. Recently Olivia has posted pictures of her recovery progress which includes swimming & kickboxing. When we decided to write this blog, Olivia Jackson was the first woman to come to mind; I can’t think of anyone better that sums up the strength of mind, body and spirit. 

by Polly.

Debbi Hooper

Occupation: Director
What about this woman inspires you?
For as long as I can remember my mum has always worked for small businesses. She now owns a construction company with my dad, which was a complete career change for her when they set it up. 

My mum’s background is in the jewellery industry and she always worked in retail. This meant that her hours were not generally family friendly. I remember she wasn’t able to have any time off over our summer holidays until I was 15 (being Australian our main school holidays are over the Christmas/New Year period so retail’s peak time and she was a Manager). I have no issue with this, only immense respect for her work ethic and commitment to proving for her family. 

She has shown me that you do whatever is necessary to work hard and provide for your family. I owe everything to my mum, from my own work ethic through to how to be a mum. 

by Rebecca.

International Women's Day 2017. Debbie Hooper is inspiring

Meryl Streep

Occupation: Actress
What Inspires Me About Her?
Not only is she an exceptional actress, Meryl Streep is also very socially aware of things happening in the real world and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Whether she’s delivering oscar worthy performances in top films – my favourite being ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ – or offering her thoughts and opinions through inspirational speeches at award shows and high-profile events; she uses her platform as a very well-known and respected celebrity to raise her voice for those who wouldn’t usually be heard in society.

by Kerry.

Emma Willis

Occupation: TV & Radio presenter & mum of three
What about this woman inspires you?
Emma is everything I strive to be. A hard working mum, carrying out multiple contracts well and still having time for her family. It can’t be easy flitting from Channel 5, to ITV, quickly presenting the BRITs all with a weekly stint on the radio then home to a rockstar* hubby and three children. But Emma makes it seem so effortless and something I aim to get right; the mythical work-life balance. Emma seems relatable. I can see her doing the school run with a rogue sticker in her hair and loving a night out with friends reminiscing what life was like before Kids while ordering a round of Sambuca. The fact of the matter is if I look as happy and half as fit as Emma does in a few years time, I know I would have done something right (or won the lottery and found a surgeon).


by Natalie.

Blake Lively

Occupation: Actress
What about this woman inspires you? As an admirer of the glamorous lives of celebrities, I’ve always found it difficult to actually be able to relate to one on a personal level, I’ve noticed that a lot of celebrities never actually use their voice/power for good or to make a change. Until I heard Blake Lively’s Girl Power speech at the People’s Choice Awards. As a lover of her style and humour anyway, I already followed the actress on Instagram but never paid attention to her hilariously realistic lifestyle updates and personal, loving messages supporting fellow females. She also speaks out and participates in marches, campaigns and articles to support women, equality and many other touching subjects.

“Thank you for sending a message to Hollywood that people want to hear stories about women. And we want to hear your stories, whether it’s social media, your iPhone, whatever. Tell your stories, now more than ever. You need to be heard. You are valuable and no one can limit you. I marched for my daughters, for my friends, for strangers, for myself. My march wasn’t driven by hate. It was rooted in a very simple fact– we are all equal. I believe everyone can agree on that. Thank you to everyone who marched all over the world. I felt so hopeful and deeply grateful.”


by Shannon.

Joe Rix

Occupation: Mum
What about this woman inspires you: She single-handedly changed my outlook on my life, the future, what’s important, and how to approach life in a manner that grabs it by the balls. She’s free, open-minded, strong, beautiful funny, easy, talented and confident. I met her during a six-week summer job, ended up jetting over to Greece for a holiday, which ultimately resulted in me quitting my job, leaving my boyfriend and heading to New Zealand. Which was the trip that arguably has shaped my life as I know it. She also has the longest, blondest hair ever. 

by Grace.

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