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International Women's Day 2020

5 inspiring women we should celebrate this International Women’s Day

This International Women's Day (Sunday 8 March), we would like to share with you the five women who have inspired us at Parliament Hill

Malala Yousafzai

As a young girl, Malala let her voice be heard and spoke out about how girls in Pakistan had the right to an education. For this, she was shot by the Taliban at just 14 years old. However, this didn’t stop Malala making a difference. After making a miraculous recovery, she continued to campaign for the rights of young girls across the globe and has since set up the Malala Fund and was awarded The Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. She continues to be an education activist, whilst studying at Oxford University.

Lauren Mahon

Lauren is a cancer campaigner and co-host of podcast You, Me and The Big C. After suffering aggressive stage three breast cancer, Lauren began to document her journey through Instagram and blogging with the hashtag #GIRLvsCANCER. Lauren wanted to share her experience with others, to raise awareness of the challenges young people with cancer face. Since having treatment, Lauren has raised thousands for charity selling slogan t-shirts and created her podcast. Last year her co-presenter Rachael Bland passed away, however Lauren continues to raise awareness and normalise Cancer.

Greta Thunberg

At just 16 years old, and even being too young to vote, Greta started an international youth movement against climate change. Her #FridaysforFuture strike encouraged students across the globe to join her on a mission against global warming. Despite having Asperger’s, Greta did not let this silence her and she believes that “one person can make such a huge difference.”

Rosa Parks

In 1955, Rosa Parks made history when she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger- at a time when this was an illegal offence in Alabama, USA. Through standing up for what she believed in, Parks finally got the ball rolling on what became a Civil Rights Movement. Rosa Parks became a household name due to her being a civil rights activist until she was 92 years old.

JK Rowling

The author who is known globally for writing the famous novel-turned film Harry Potter series, wasn’t always notorious for her success. As a single mother with no job and after being rejected from over 12 publishing houses for her wizarding tales, she did not give up. The reason her real name was not revealed was because her publishers believed that young boys would not read the books if they were written by a woman. Eventually, her story was sold for £4,000- Now JK Rowling is the first author in the world to reach a net worth of £1billion.

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