Monday is International Women's Day so I thought I'd share a few of the International Women I admire.
1. Jane Fonda
Instead of easing into her winter years and resting on her lycra-clad laurels, Jane Fonda has been out fighting the good Climate Change fight every Friday since October 2019 - even getting arrested for her efforts on the eve of her 82nd birthday. And when the world locked down, she continued her Fire Drill Fridays online. Plus she always looks so incredible doing it - which isn't necessary but is still impressive.
2. Kamala Harris
The first woman, first Black-American, first Asian-American, first female Black-Asian-American to hold the office of Vice-President. First person to make "I'm speaking" sound powerful not petulant and a beacon of positivity and smiles in a pretty bleak political period.
3. Michaela Coel
It is fairly discombobulating that "I May Destroy You" came out less than a year ago - lockdown 1.0 seems like it was 5 or 6 lifetimes ago. This series is dark, harrowing and beautifully shot. If for some reason you haven't seen this masterpiece, it's available on iPlayer, but be warned it will give you all the feelings. Inexcusably snubbed from this year Golden Globes, Coel has been nominated for a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries, and she is outstanding in it!
4. Naomi Osaka
She was Forbes highest paid female athlete of 2020 (and that was before last week's win in Melbourne) but instead of hoarding her millions or investing in space exploration, she is investing in other female athletes by buying into a women's soccer team in North Carolina. Plus she stopped mid game to save a butterfly which is just charming.
5. Dolly Parton
Not only has spotify's This Is Dolly Parton playlist been making my mornings so much jollier (honestly - try being in a bad mood when you start the day with a cup of ambition), but Ms Parton donated $1,000,000 to Covid vaccination research in April 2020. And when Tennessee officials wanted to erect a statue in her honour she more or less told them to wait until she's dead - stating:
“Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think that putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time.” What a humble queen.