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Introducing 100 Women Who Inspire Us – May They Inspire You Too!


We have pulled together 100 inspiring women that we know you’ll love. With a full mixture of sportswomen, authors, charity founders and influencers, we hope you can find at least a few that will inspire your personal journey of empowerment.

Lee Litumbe

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Africa needs more Africans to tell the world her story. Quitting her corporate finance job and selling all of her belongings, Lee Litumbe returned to Africa to explore the continent as a sole female traveller. Believing there to be a lack of accurate representation, Lee creates content that inspires and informs on how you too can experience it all for yourself in her blog Spirited Pursuit.
Lee Tilghman

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Coming from a long line of chefs, Lee Tilghman’s always been extremely passionate about eating healthy, plant-based foods. Based in Los Angeles, she’s a recipe developer, speaker, author, workshop leader, smoothie drinker, and daily hiker. She’s also extremely passionate about helping women find the confidence to make healthy choices and feel empowered to live their best lives.
Niomi Smart

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Niomi Smart is a famous UK lifestyle blogger and vlogger who posts articles and videos on food, health, travel, fashion, and beauty. Along with being an internet sensation, she is also the best-selling author of the book, ‘Eat Smart’, a guide to eating well and being fit.
Sarah Holloway

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Having started out as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at a leading international law firm, Sarah Holloway has always been passionate about health, wellbeing, nutrition and creativity. Together with her partner Nic, she founded organic matcha green tea company, Matcha Maiden, in late 2014. Spoonful of Sarah is her online forum to talk about their entrepreneurial journey from a distance and share how exciting life can be.
Carole Bamford

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Founder of Daylesford, Carole Bamford is recognised as a visionary in organic farming and healthy food retailing. She’s an energetic promoter of natural products and believes that artisan skills are to be cherished alongside contemporary design, beauty and function.
Pinky Lilani

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Pinky Lilani is a passionate supporter of the empowerment of women and has founded a variety of awards and initiatives recognising and championing women from across the UK. Pinky’s awards have celebrated the tremendous contribution of Asian women to British business and public life for the past decade. Pinky is also the creator of the Women of the Future Programme, Britain’s most exciting set of initiatives for successful young women.
Anja Ringgren Lóven

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DINNødhjælp is a Danish humanitarian non-profit organisation founded in 2012 by a Dane – Anja Ringgren Lovén. The primary purpose of the organisation is to help the so-called witch children in Nigeria, children accused of being witches and often tortured, banished or killed by the community.
Mihaela Noroc

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Mihaela Noroc is a 33 year old photographer from Bucharest, Romania, who has travelled the world, taking photographs for The Atlas of Beauty. She’s photographed women of all ages and nationalities for the project, capturing their inner and outer beauty and showing how special they are.
Lisa Curtis

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As a Peace Corps volunteer in a small village in Niger, Kuli Kuli’s founder Lisa Curtis got her first taste of moringa, which she mixed with a popular peanut snack called kuli-kuli. Lisa founded Kuli Kuli to help women in West Africa use more moringa locally and earn a sustainable livelihood by selling a portion of each harvest to the US. Kuli Kuli continues to grow its moringa supply chain by providing fair, sustainable wages to farmers and women-led co-ops around the world.
Fatmia Dicko

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Originally from Mali, Fatima Dicko grew up in New York City. Prior to founding Jetpack at Stanford, she worked as the youngest Senior Engineer on an upstream technology innovation team at Procter & Gamble. Jetpack is a delivery app in the US, helping you find the items you need in minutes using the power of GPS and crowd-sourcing.
Rosie Swale Pope

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The only person in history to have undertaken an epic solo, unsupported run around the world, global adventurer Rosie Swale Pope is recognised as one of the most courageous, gutsy women of her generation. You can read about more of Rosie’s adventures in her international best-selling book ‘Just a little Run Around the World’.
Cecilie Skog

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Originally a nurse from Ålesund, Cecilie Skog discovered outdoor life to become a renowned Norwegian adventurer. Since summitting Mount Everest in 2004, she’s worked as a professional adventurer, guide and lecturer. Climbing in thin air is a male-dominated world, requiring intensive training to be thoroughly prepared both mentally and physically.
Cassie De Pecol

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At 27, Cassie De Pecol became the first woman on record to travel to every country on Earth. Inspired by her experiences on the Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid, which opened her eyes to the need for women to make a difference in the world, Cassie went from restless college dropout to fearless adventurer to philanthropist and humanitarian activist dedicated to female empowerment and global sustainability.
Anna McNuff

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With a background in psychology and a career as an elite athlete under her belt, Anna McNuff is a British born adventurer, motivational speaker, influencer and author. The UK Ambassador for Girl Guiding and the co-founder of Adventure Queens, the UK’s fastest growing women’s adventure community, Anna is fascinated by the powerful and delicate relationship that exists between mind and body.
Robyn Davidson

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At 27, Robyn Davidson walked 3000 km alone across the Australian desert, with a dog and four camels. Author of Tracks, she’s lived with and written about nomads worldwide, immersing herself in diverse cultures and gaining unique insights into ways of thinking that have relevance to our Western life.
Hanli Prinsloo

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Growing up on a horse farm outside Johannesburg, South Africa, the closest ocean was over 10 hours away. Now Hanli Prinsloo spends her days exploring, loving and protecting our oceans, the blue lifeblood of our beautiful planet. Founder of the I AM WATER Foundation, her mission is to help people fall in love with the ocean.
Orla Doherty

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Having spent ten years at sea studying the remote coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean with a coral reef NGO, Irishwoman Orla Doherty joined Blue Planet II in October 2013 as the Development Producer. Since then, she’s spent 500 hours at depths of 1,000 metres in three oceans, embarking on an aquatic adventure that took her hundreds of metres beneath the ocean in Antarctica to film an episode of the spectacular ‘Blue Planet II’ series.
Elayna Carausu

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Having grown up on the coast of Western Australia, when Elayna Carausu discovered scuba diving, she was instantly hooked, certifying as a PADI Dive Master at 18. Having travelled the world for 5 years working as a dive master, she took to the seas in La Vagabonde when she met Riley. Funded by Patreon, the pair now make Youtube movies, chronicling their adventures.
Shanan Campanaro

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A graduate of Central St Martin’s, artist and designer Shanan Campanaro has worked in both graphic design and fashion, but has always been interested in interiors, believing that the atmosphere and vibe of a room can transform one’s mood. Founded in 2008, Eskayel is a Brooklyn, NY based design studio focused on applying a uniquely artistic and environmentally responsible approach to interior surface design.
Lisa Folawiyo

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Designer Lisa Folawiyo perfected the art of wearing Ankar, her local West African cloth, through the use of ornate embellishment. By incorporating texture with this culturally established traditional textile, Lisa Folawiyo transformed the textile and created a globally coveted print.
Nicole Tung

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Based in Istanbul, photojournalist Nicole Tung freelances for international publications and NGOs, working primarily in the Middle East, and also Asia. After covering the conflicts in Libya and Syria extensively from 2011, she spent 2014 documenting the lives of Native American war veterans in the US, as well as former child soldiers in the DR Congo, the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and the refugee crisis in Europe.
Veronique de Viguerie

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Multi-awarded French photographer Veronique de Viguerie has taken on challenging assignments and personal projects in some of the most dangerous places on the planet: Iraq, Somalia, Lebanon, Kashmir, Mexico, Algeria, Guatemala, Pakistan, Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Syria etc. Her pictures are regularly published in Paris-Match, the New-York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Marie-Claire, Mail on Sunday, the Guardian etc.
Nimco Ali

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Nimco Ali is a Somali social activist and independent training consultant. She’s a co-founder and the Director of the Daughters of Eve non-profit organisation, which was established in 2010 to help young women and girls, with a focus on providing education and raising awareness on female genital mutilation (FGM).
Asha De Vos

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Dr. Asha de Vos is a Sri Lankan marine biologist, ocean educator and pioneer of blue whale research within the Northern Indian Ocean. She’s the founder and executive director of Oceanswell, Sri Lanka’s first marine conservation research and education non-profit. Her life’s work is to change the current marine conservation model, protect this unique population of blue whales and inspire the next generation of ocean heroes from all corners of the globe.
Svetlana Alekseeva

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Svetlana Alekseeva is a Russian photographic model. When she was 4, she suffered burns over 50% of her body and was in a coma for two months. She spent part of her childhood in an orphanage, where she suffered bullying because of her appearance. She now works to help people with scars feel positive about their bodies.
Boushra Almutawakel

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Boushra Almutawakel is a photographer from Yemen. She challenges people’s perceptions of Arabs and Muslims with her focus on issues of gender, and the representations of women and their clothing.
Raneen Bukhari

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Raneen Bukhari is a Saudi social media manager and art curator. She has had a penchant for the arts from a young age, where she got involved in her parents’ Desert Designs Art Gallery in Al Khobar.
Marie Laguerre

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Marie Laguerre was harassed and leered at by a stranger in front of a cafe in Paris and when she confronted him, he hit her. She shared the surveillance footage online and continues to speak up about harassment and advocate for women’s rights.

Sakdiyah Ma’ruf

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Sakdiyah Ma’ruf is the first female Indonesian stand-up comedian. She is well-known for addressing Islamic extremism in Indonesia and advocating freedom and equality within her comedic routines.
Emma Gonzales

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Emma González is a 19 year-old student from Florida, and a brave activist and advocate for gun control. As a high school senior, she survived the February 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, and in response, co-founded the gun-control advocacy group Never Again MSD.
Sophie Gray

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The brains behind ‘Sophie Thinks Thoughts’ Podcast shares meaningful and inspirational conversations which provide a dose of introspection for the listener. Sophie is real, honest and raw and discusses mindfulness and relationships.
Iskra Lawrence

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Iskra Arabella Lawrence is a British model. Iskra is a National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) brand ambassador and creator of the NEDA Inspires Award. We love that Iskra does not retouch her own images which she posts on her social media channels. We love her positivity and the passion she has for making a change with false social media expectations.
Zehra Allibhai

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Zehra has been in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years. Originally from a Kinesiology and Health Sciences background, Zehra shares her fitness journey and expertise to help inspire.
Samantha Skelly

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Author of best-selling book, Hungry for Happiness: One Woman’s Guide From Fighting Food to Finding Freedom, Samantha Skelly is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and emotional eating expert who has revolutionised the weight loss industry by examining the individual and underlying causes of eating disorders. She has shared her mission on an international platform and continues to spread her message and transform the lives of thousands of people.
Jen Esquer

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As a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Physical Therapist, Jen Esquer is passionate about her clients, optimising movement and relieving pain. Jen believes a person is NOT their diagnosis or MRI, but that everyone can take charge of their body and life. Jen found it hard to help as many people as she wanted with conventional treatment methods, so she created “The Mobility Method” to make treatment more affordable and accessible.
Zanna Van Dijk

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Zanna is a blogger & trainer sharing a balanced approach to fitness, food and life! Zanna is co-host of the BBC Fit and Fearless Podcast with Tally and Victoria, author of the book ‘Strong’ and co-founder of a sustainable swimwear brand – all at the age of 26!
Sarah Brokaw

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Sarah is the host of Shared Secrets Podcast series, Author, Psychotherapist, Professional Certified Coach, Public Speaker and Mum. With her list of credentials, she still manages to stay relatable.
Aviva Romm

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Aviva is on a mission to make natural medicine easy and affordable. Yale MD, midwife, herbalist and Author of Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, Aviva is passionate to make a change in how we view our health.
Marina Krim

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After losing her two children to a tragic murder in 2012, Marina Krim set up the Lulu & Leo Fund, a non-profit charity that provides creative education programs for disadvantaged children, under an initiative called Choose Creativity. An inspiring example of facing darkness to bring light into more lives.
Katie Piper

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Katie has been at the forefront of changing the nations attitude to empower them to believe that scars do not limit a person’s function, social inclusion or sense of well being. Katie has also set-up a Residential Burn and Scar Rehabilitation Centre.
Fereshteh Forough

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Fereshteh Forough is an Afghan activist and founder of Code to Inspire, the first coding school for girls in Afghanistan. She is also an advocate for gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Juliana Brêtas

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Juliana is the founder of Superela, a platform that works to empower women. Since their launch, they have empowered more than 15 million women through content, a highly engaged community, and help from well-being professionals.
Elena Shkarubo

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Elena is a founder and CEO at MeetnGreetMe.com, an innovative marketplace for personal assistance and concierge services for business travellers. Elena quit her successful banking career to become an entrepreneur and launch a MeetnGreetMe startup – an inspiring business woman.
Ida Tin

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Born in Copenhagen, Ida graduated from Denmark’s prestigious creative business school, the KaosPilots. A lifelong entrepreneur, she is the founder of Clue, a period tracking up and resourceful website, talking all things womanhood and menstruation.
Elina Berglund Scherwitzl

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Elina was originally a particle physicist working on the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle. She then left her job to co-found and develop NaturalCycles algorithm and app, helping women to find natural forms of contraception and help conceiving.
Patricia Gerbarg

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After medical training at Harvard, Pat practised psychiatry for 15 years before she discovered that she could reduce medication prescriptions and improve mental and physical health by integrating herbs, nutrients, and mind-body practices into her work. With her husband, Dr. Richard P. Brown, the two share breath practices to those facing trauma with www.Breath-Body-Mind.com.
Emily Brett

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Founder of OurMala, a transformational charity, Emily Brett had been teaching yoga to vulnerable refugee and asylum-seeking women at the British Red Cross’s Destitution Centre in Dalston. After receiving small funding from Big Lottery, Emily offered the often malnourished women yoga and a hot lunch. The British Wheel of Yoga then seed-funded a 12 month pilot called Hackney Yoga Project, covering the costs of travel refunds, so that the women could get to class. By the end of the pilot, women were being referred by organisations including the British Red Cross, Freedom from Torture and Refugee Council. Since then, OurMala has helped over 200 women, all thanks to Emily’s vision and hard work.
Charlotta Martinus

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Charlotta Martinus, founder of The Teen Yoga Foundation, speaks to teens directly, but also train teachers, parents and health professionals to start a trickle down effect that will eventually have yoga available to teens all over the world. When we heard Charlotta’s story and vision for the Foundation, we were humbled and inspired by everything she has accomplished.
Natasha Noel

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Natasha Noel is a yoga teacher and motivational speaker. We love her openness to provide other women with hope from sharing her experiences of dealing with abuse and depression, a wonderfully honest ambassador of positivity and love. Thank you Natasha.
Celeste Barber

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Australian comedian Celeste Barber is ready and eager to point out just how ridiculous social media can be. In her series #CelesteChallengeAccepted, she posts side-by-side photos of herself mimicking images of celebrities and high fashion models. We love how Celeste’s photo recreations add a bit of wit and heavy dose of realism to the often idyllic surface of social media.
Kristin Hallenga

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Kristin Hallenga is founder of breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! Her documentary ‘Dying to Live’ which covered her story of terminal breast cancer. Although Kris will always live with cancer, she wanted to spread to young people that catching cancer early means you have a higher chance of surviving and recovering. She wanted people to learn from her story and become pro-active about their own health. The idea for CoppaFeel! was born. Truly inspiring.
Andrea Ferretti

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Creative director behind Jason Crandell Yoga Method, Andrea Ferretti is the host of Yogaland Podcast, where she interviews inspiring yoga teachers, creative thinkers, and wellness experts. The Podcast was created to inspire people to stay on this path and to help guide them with accuracy and depth and has helped many yoga teachers (and members of the Yogamatters team) along the way.
Jameela Jamil

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We love Jameela. After visiting her Twitter page, she calls herself ‘a feminist in progress’. She is also an actress, a host and a writer. She is on a mission to ban airbrushing and we love her for it.
Tao Porchon-Lynch

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Tao Porchon-Lynch holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest yoga teacher in the world. Her story is perfectly aligned with the #balanceisbetter theme this IWD. “I was introduced to it when I was seven years old; I wandered to the beach near my childhood home in French India and saw some boys practicing yoga on the sand,” she says. “I followed their movements and I thought that I was learning a new game. That evening I told my aunt about the game, and she explained that it was called yoga and that it was only for boys. This was 1925. I told her that girls can do what boys can do, and by the time I was eight years old, I was on that beach joining the boys during my playtime.”
Hansaji Jayadeva

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As a teacher, teacher-educator and an author of several books on yoga, Hansaji Jayadeva lends a caring ear to anyone who takes his/her problem to her and thoughtfully provides an insight which helps the person to see clarity through the fog.
Pippa Richardson

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Pippa is the founder of a brand new initiative called the Girlness Project which helps to empower, inspire and provide a safe space for teens to explore their thoughts around self-image and body worth: a project that has touched many teens’ hearts and is more needed than ever before for teens growing up with social media.
Amanda de Cadenet

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Amanda is the Founder of GirlGaze, a groundbreaking platform that highlights and funds female Gen Z photographers and directors to brands. Amanda is also a fashion and portrait photographer, she creates also TV and online shows and has done since she was 15 years of age.
Meg Matthews

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When Meg began to experience the first symptoms of the menopause at the age of fifty, she was shocked at the lack of support and understanding out there for women during this vital time in their lives and created megsmenopause.com, a platform that aims to break the stigma and to empower women through an honest and frank discussion of all things menopause.
Bryony Gordon

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Bryony Gordon is an inspiring author and journalist. Her books The Wrong Knickers and Mad Girl talk about her battles with obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia and addiction. Her third book, Eat, Drink, Run, is about training for the London Marathon and setting up a mental health support group, Mental Health Mates.
Nadia Narain

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Nadia Narain is a well know yoga teacher from London. She teaches everyone from beginners to advanced and she also uses her platform to speak about achieving an inner calm and an overall healthy way of life.
Adriene Mishler

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Adriene Mishler is an international yoga teacher from Austin, Texas. Adriene hosts the YouTube channel Yoga With Adriene, which has become an online community of over 4 million subscribers. Yoga With Adriene provides high quality practices on yoga and mindfulness at no cost to inspire people of all ages, shapes and sizes across the globe, often featuring her dog, Benji. Adriene has been recognised as one of the 100 most influential people in Health and Fitness and travels to host classes and workshops in yoga, meditation and self care all over the world.
Emma Watson

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Emma Watson is known for her incredible roles in many films, but what we love the most is her work for women’s rights. Emma has been appointed as a UN Women Goodwill ambassador and her speeches and work for feminism are celebrated all over the world.
Doreen Lawrence

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Doreen is the mother of Stephen Lawrence, a black British teenager who was murdered in a racist attack in London in 1993. She bravely promoted reforms of the police service and founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.
Malala Yousafzai

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Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education. Malala is known for her human rights advocacy, where she supported the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. She is also the youngest person to receive a Nobel Prize.
Brooke Roberts-Islam

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Supporting a sustainable future for textiles, Brooke is the co-founder of Brinnovation Agency, pioneering, developing and prototyping new sustainable materials and processes for use in fashion and other industries.
Ellen MacArthur

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Dame Ellen Patricia MacArthur, DBE is a retired English sailor. She broke the solo record for sailing round the world, but now she is dedicating her life to an even greater challenge – saving it from the destructive tide of plastic pollution – what a woman!
Franny Armstrong

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Franny is is a British documentary film director working for her own company, Spanner Films. She is also environmental activist who launched 10:10, an initiative which creates positive, practical projects focused on tackling climate change at the community level, and turns these local actions into a force for bigger changes.
Jasmin Paris

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Jasmin Karina Paris is a British runner who crossed the finish line of the Spine Race in a record 83 hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds, and is the first woman to win the race outright.
Joan Murphy

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Joan is a co-founder of Frame, a group of Fitness, Yoga and Pilates studios in London. Set up over 10 years with Pip Black, the mum-of-two managed to create a concept that was brilliantly unique yet astonishingly simple and still even teaches classes.
Pip Black

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Pip Black is a co-founder of Frame, a group of Fitness, Yoga and Pilates studios in London. Set up over 10 years with Joan Murphy the mum-of-two managed to create a concept that was brilliantly unique yet astonishingly simple and despite being a busy mum too, she still teaches some classes at Frame.
Otegha Uwagba

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Author, entrepreneur and founder of Women Who Otegha Uwagba, was included on the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Otegha helps female creatives connect, she is also author of ‘A Little Black Book’ A toolkit for Working Women.

Morgana Loze-Doyle

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Morgana is a social media consultant and mentor for creative entrepreneurs via her platform Coffee Work Sleep Creatives which she labels as “a group of northern female creative business owners that hate traditional networking.”
Nicola Elliott

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After spending seven years working all hours as an editor for Glamour magazine, Nicola trained as an aromatherapist and nutritionist and from there with her business partner launched the beautiful Neom Organics in 2005. The Yogamatters team are huge fans of a scented Neom Candle in the office and hands up to Nicola for finding her passion.
Kristina Karlsson

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Swedish born Kristina found herself in a new country at the age of 22 far away from friends and family and no idea what to do with her life. She imagined what her dream life would be like – and worked to make it happen. Kristina is now on a mission to encourage people to create and follow their own dreams with her beautiful inspiring stationary and Dream Life Journal series.
Elena Brower

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Mama, teacher, author and speaker. Elena has taught yoga since 1999. With books that are not only powerful but works of art in themeselves, we admire Elena’s attention to detail in her message to empower and help others.
Gabby Edlin

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Gabby is on a mission to share and help those who live with sanitary products are a luxury. What started as a whip-round on Facebook is now a growing enterprise with a vision to end period poverty and help many refugees and asylum seekers living in the UK cannot afford to buy their own.
Phoebe Montague

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100 Women I Know is a collection of accounts of rape and sexual assault. The stories in this book are from women that the editor Phoebe knows personally, but aims to bring together and foster solidarity between everyone who has been a victim of sexual violence. By exposing the common threads in each story, 100 Women I Know demonstrates the need to redefine rape within society and to further the understanding of consent to help prevent young men and women from becoming perpetrators or survivors of sexual violence.
Fearne Cotton

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Fern Cotton has been a loved face on our TV’s and radio’s for many years but she is now the source of brining happiness and positivity to many people’s lives. With a number of books and journals helping to relieve anxiety and bring calm and happiness to everyday, Fern is a true joy and inspiration to Women and Mothers.
Victoria Niamh Spence

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At under 25 Victoria has touched the hearts of many. With her empoweing BBC Podcast and Fierce & Flawsome events, Victoria shares openly her battle with an eating disorder to empower girls and women to love themselves and be whoever they want to be.
Josie Naughton

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It stemmed from a hashtag when the Calais camps were in the news. Now Help Refugees are rapidly helping Refugees and it is thanks to Josie, Lliana Bird and Dani Lawrence – women on a mission to make a change.

Liz Johnson

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Liz is a swimmer who won Gold at the Paralympic Games in Beijing, and has set up a recruitment agency which aims to close the disability employment gap.
Viji Palithodi

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Viji set up a women’s union, Penkootam, in Kerala and led the fight to get basic rights for women working as saleswomen – including the right to sit during working hours.
Meghan Markle

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From civil rights activist, to prime-time actress to future British princess, there is no role Markle cannot play.
Helena Morrissey

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Having studied Philosophy at Cambridge, Helena Morrissey is now Head of Personal Investing at Legal & General Investment Management. In 2010, she established the 30% Club to campaign for greater female representation on company boards. She and her husband, Richard, are parents of nine children, three boys and six girl
Elizabeth Gilbert

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Best known for her 2006 memoir EAT PRAY LOVE, American writer Elizabeth Gilbert is an inspirational public speaker. In her latest book ‘Big Magic’, this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, exploring creative living beyond fear.
Brene Brown

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Research professor and author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers, Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. Believing you have to walk through vulnerability to get to courage, her motto right now is “Courage over comfort.”
Hazel Wallace

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Dr Hazel Wallace is a qualified medical doctor, best-selling author, health influencer and founder of The Food Medic. The Food Medic’s aim is to bridge the gap between traditional medical advice and the latest thoughts and developments in nutrition and other areas of lifestyle.
Annie Clarke

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Yoga teacher and wellness warrior Annie Clarke is the creator of the blog and brand Mind Body Bowl. Following a period of illness and depleted energy, she started experimenting and cooking up the delicious dishes featured on her blog. For Annie, it’s all about tuning into your own body and eating and living accordingly.
J.K. Rowling

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Rowling brought the magic of reading to a new generation and now has the best-selling series of books of all time.
Nicky Clinch

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Based in London, Nicky Clinch is a spiritual mentor, and her calling is Transformation: from Macrobiotic cooking classes and nutritional counselling, to powerful transformational retreats, deeper emotional work with clients, intensive leadership coaching and launching her Warrior Woman Community and Curriculum.
Essie Dennis

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Essie promotes self-love and acceptance through social media. She believes “Self-hate is an epidemic and it must be overcome. It has become apparent to me that once I accepted myself, all other elements of my life fell into place. I would like other young people to know what can be achieved once they accept themselves. To remember that no matter what a parent, teacher, friend or stranger says, they deserve to be happy no matter what.”
Sam Hood

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Sam built Amara from a love for Interior Design and after noticing that there wasn’t a business out there stocking the brands she loved, she decided to start her own! Since then, with a growing team and an ever-growing international presence, Sam has proven that an idea and a passion can lead to your crafting your dream business.
Sally Lovett


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Sally came from a corporate background in marketing and advertising, Sally then broke free and founded Stretching the City in 2010. Knowledgeable and passionate about all things wellbeing, Sally is also a yoga teacher, nutritional health coach and is the author of ‘The Wellbeing Guide to London’
Jonelle Lewis

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Embodying her own motto ‘Be brave, be fierce, be free’, Jonelle Lewis firmly believes that ‘Yoga is for EVERYBODY’. Originally from Philadelphia and having lived in DC and NYC and now London, Jonelle brings an international vibration and a universality into her classes which are lively and abundant with laughter.
Emma Carey

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Australian travel/art/fitness/vegan blogger Emma Carey was in a skydiving accident three years ago and became a paraplegic. She’s learnt to walk again and hopes that talking about her accident and injury online will help others feel less alone.
Melissa Moffet

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With a master’s degree in environmental engineering, Melissa Moffett describes herself as ‘a mindfulness and yoga teacher, a writer, a dancer, an environmentalist, and an animal lover who is always in the process of expanding in order to love others, herself, and the world more unconditionally’.
Marianne Williamson

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Internationally acclaimed lecturer, activist and author, Marianne Williamson has been one of America’s most well-known public voices for more than 30 years. Since 1989, her meals-on-wheels program Project Angel Food has served over 11 million meals to homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. Marianne also co-founded the Peace Alliance.
Olivia Wollenberg


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Olivia Wollenberg set up Livia’s Kitchen in 2014 after being diagnosed with several food intolerances. Olivia believed there were no delicious healthy treats on the market at the time, so she found a gap to produce vegan sweet treats with all natural ingredients.
Josefin Wikström

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Certified Jivamukti yoga teacher Josefin Wikström teaches yoga and dance and the combinations of these two art forms has developed the Kaivalya Project in India. Living in Mysore Karnataka for many years, she deepened her understanding of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system. She uses yoga as a tool for social change and is teaching in the prison system in Sweden and in the schools for children of all age groups.
Dr Anita Mitra

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Dr Anita Mitra, BSc(Hons) MBChB PhD is the Gynae Geek, an NHS doctor based in London working in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, with experience in both clinical medicine and research. Anita believes women seriously need to start talking about women’s health-related issues.


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