Celebrating International Women's Day
Mothers, trans women, body confidence advocates, authors, trauma survivors, businesswomen – there’s so many amazing women with an array of remarkable achievements we should celebrate on a daily basis.
For International Women’s Day, we’re championing some of our favourite, strong female accounts over on Instagram who are inspiring, supporting, educating and empowering other women in their online communities.
Ashley James, model, DJ and mum to Alfie, uses her platform to empower women and mothers and change the landscape on some of the issues they face. As a well-known feminist, activist and empowerment coach, you’ll find her commenting on real life issues – from the stigmas around breastfeeding in public and mental health battles, to struggling with body dysmorphia and self-appreciation.
From her beautiful, bold sense of style to her campaign on representation, we love everything mum of two Chaneen stands for. As well as sharing her amazing outfit choices on Instagram, Chaneen is a breastfeeding advocate and opens up about the realities of motherhood to her followers – the highs, lows and everything in between.
Author, journalist, podcaster and mother, Anna Whitehouse is the founder of Mother Pukka – an online hub ‘for people who happen to be parents’. You’ll find Anna regularly commenting on lots of aspects of motherhood and the struggles that modern mums are facing in the workplace through her Flex Appeal campaign. She’s fighting for flexible working across all careers – for everyone, as well as equality in the workplace – whether that’s changing the Gender Pay Gap, or the breaking the stigmas that maternity leave is a holiday.
Following a severe battle with Covid which put her into a coma hours after giving birth and left her unable to walk, talk, eat or move, Grace Victory is now a columnist and wellness guru sharing her story to show how unpredictable life can be. As a mama to Cyprus, Grace gives an honest and open account of the highs and lows of parenthood whilst in recovery on her Instagram feed to help other mums on similar journeys.
After losing her mum and baby left her struggling with PTSD, Malin Andersson opened up about her own grief and the difficult times she has experienced to help and support others. As a motivational speaker, domestic abuse activist and body positivity campaigner, Malin’s inspiring story and honest accounts of pregnancy, grief and motherhood brings hope to others.
Family blogger and author, Uju Asika’s mission is to help raise an open-minded generation of kids who have a zero tolerance to racial prejudice. Her book, Bringing Up Race: How to Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World, is aimed at families of all races and ethnicities and is dedicated to creating a better, kinder world by teaching children about ethnic differences, racial equality and how to challenge everyday racism. Her powerful campaign aims to help parents start that crucial conversation to develop and educate the mindset of the next generation.
Podcaster, author and mama Rosie Ramsey – wife to comedian Chris Ramsey – is a must-follow on Instagram. Her witty humour, raw snaps and hilarious ‘4pm wine time baby!’ sketch (if you know, you know!), gives an open and honest insight into juggling life with two children and a career.
As a mother of two, Bruna is all about loving what you have. Her Instagram feed is filled with amazing imagery bursting with body positivity, showing what real bodies look like after birth – without the retouching. Sharing positive messages with her online community, Bruna encourages her followers to stop comparing themselves to others so they can feel confident and comfortable in their own skin.
Retired British Army Captain, Mermaids Patron and trans mother Hannah Graf is an inspiration to many; openly sharing her journey to becoming her true self, meeting the love of her life and making her dreams of parenthood a reality. Now, as a trans advocate and campaigner in the LGBTQ+ community, Hannah opens up about the story of her transition and the moment she became a mother through surrogacy during a pandemic.
“Beauty beyond size.” Model Ashley Graham is an advocate for body confidence – promoting that happiness and self-love has nothing to do with your dress size. She shows the real side to modelling and motherhood, posting photos throughout her pregnancy to document the amazing changes in her body – stretch marks and all.