But first a note.
With fires raging in Australia, it is beyond devastating and difficult to comprehend.
It’s uplifting to see the communities come together to support the impacted families and in the face of this tragedy it’s good to see the inherent goodness of people.
With widespread media coverage we wanted to give you 3 minutes to take your mind off it, and give you something positive to read in the midst of this heartache.
In no particular order I bring you (drum roll please)
Reef Skincare’s Bad Ass Women of 2019
Celeste Barber – not only is she hilarious but she has raised millions and millions of dollars for the bushfires. Celeste for PM.
Sam Kerr -current captain of Australian Women’s Soccer Team and currently making an impact in the English FA Women’s Super League.
Nancy Pelosi – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the 79-year-old is second in line for the presidency and the first woman to hold the speakership in American history.
Greta Thunberg – the 17 year old Swedish Environmental Activist saying it like it is and holding people accountable.
Rihanna – created Savage x Fenty lingerie line celebrating ALL women’s bodies and put on a hugely entertaining fashion show celebrating the female form.
Finland’s new parliament – Sanna Marin is 34 and the youngest Prime Minister in the world. The new prime minister’s coalition government was formed with all five party leaders being women – the majority being under 40-years of age. Girl Power.
Jacinda Adern – Before the Finnish Prime Minister, Jacinda was at 38 the world’s youngest female leader and New Zealand’s youngest PM in 150 years. In office, she has given birth, took 6 weeks leave and shared that her partner will be a stay at home dad.
Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift is battling the big wigs over musician song-ownership rights and promotes equality, especially with her song “You need to calm down”.
Stacey Cunningham – first female president of NY Stock exchange in 226 years. Yew!
Queen Elizabeth – longest reigning monarch and puts up with the rest of the royal family scandals. Good on you Lizzy.
Rosalind Brewer – first female and person of colour to be Chief Operating Officer of Starbucks. In 2019 she became the only person of colour to sit on Amazons board.
Sandra Oh – first Asian woman to host the Golden Globes.
Ellen Degeneres – supports numerous organizations, and has donated over $50 million to numerous causes on her show.
Rosie Batty – Australia Domestic Violence campaigner who lost her 11 year old son at the hands of her ex-husband. On 10 June 2019, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.
Lizzo – TIME’s Entertainer of the Year in 2019. Body positivity and strong-women advocate who’s songs you just can’t and don’t want to get out of your head.
Marie Kondo – for teaching us how to spark joy and organize our lives.
Jameela Jamil – British actress, radio presenter, model, and writer is also widely regarded as a body neutrality activist and is well known for her stance against popular diet products.
Ash Barty – Tennis player who became Australia’s first number 1 in 16 years. She also serves as the National Indigenous Tennis Ambassador for Tennis Australia.
Ellyse Perry – won Women’s Cricketer of the Year for the 2nd time in 2019. This incredible women not only had her debut for the Australian cricket team at 16 but in the same year she also debuted the Australia women’s national soccer team.
Carrie Bickmore – since 2015 has raised over $12 million for brain cancer through her foundation Carries Beanies for Brain Cancer.