To celebrate International Womens Day, we have taken a look at 5 of the most inspiratinal women who have caught our eye recently! Obvioulsy this is not an exhaustive list, but a mere selection of women who kick-a*s every single day!
After starting her first company, Fusion Yearbooks, at just 19 years old in 2007 from the comfort of her mother’s couch– alongside her boyfriend and co-founder, Melanie Perkin’s life soon changed forever.
Using a bank loan and a tax rebate that together amounted to $5000, she used the money to advertise her yearbook creation and sold it to 15 schools in their first year, 30 in their second and 80 in their third. Then, while at the inventor of the year awards, Melanie had a brief conversation with MaiTai founder and San Francisco investor Bill Tai. A year on from their chat. Melanie travelled to the USA to meet with Bill and pitch her second company- the one and only Canva! Today, Canva employ over 70 people in Sydney and the Philippines and has over 4 million users.
Justine Roberts & Carrie Longton
In the year 2000, Justine Roberts quit her job in banking and set out to create a website for mums to talk to other mums. Mums-Net it’s called and its one of the UKs most successful website for parents with the site getting over 14 million unique visitors per month, clocking up over 128 million page views.
In 2013, Justine and Mums-Net co-founder Carrie Longton were together named the 7th most powerful women in the UK.
They had embraced the dawn of the internet and had set out to make a positive change, inspiring many parents along the way.
Martha Lane Fox
Martha Lane fox is a true dot.com pioneer and life literally wouldn’t be the same today without her brilliant early internet forward thinking, as the discount travel website Last Minute.com is her brainchild.
And, in March 2013, Lane Fox became a life peer in the House of Lords as a crossbencher (someone who is not party political); becoming its youngest female member at the time, aged 40. The appointment saw her gain the title of Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho in the City of Westminster.
After starting her career as the only women in a room full of men, Ms Brady showed her business strengths after challenging the men in her way and became the first female director of a football club, Birmingham City FC. Since then Brady has gone on to be appointed Vice-Chairman of West Ham United.
Brady has also been appointed CBE as part of the 2014 New Year Honours list for her services to entrepreneurship and women in business. Also, she is currently appearing as Lord Sugar’s right hand man on the BBC’s The Apprentice, after competing on the show herself in an earlier special episode of the show.
TV presenter, documentary film maker and journalist, Stacey Dooley was awarded a MBE in 2018 for her services to Journalism alongside winning the 16th series of British dancing show, Strictly Come Dancing.
But before the glitz and glam of the dancing show win, Stacey Dooley was best known for her advocacy of women’s rights, producing documentary’s that told the stories of women from around the world.
In one of her most watched documentaries, “Stacey on the frontline: Girls, Guns and Isis”, Stacey looked at life for a group of Yazidi girls, who had previously been held captured by ISIS, as they gathered their strengths to fight.
Stacey has also documented her journeys in a published book entitled “On the Frontline With Women Who Fight Back”.
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