International Women's Day

What is International Women's Day?

International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates female achievements and empowerment while calling for gender equality. It has been observed since the early 1900’s and is celebrated annually on 8th March. The first International Women’s Day to be officially recognised was in 1911, making this year the 106th.

Why do we celebrate it?

The original aim for International Women’s Day was to achieve full gender equality for women across the world.

International Women’s Day sees women across the world come together – from political to social – to force the world to recognise existing inequalities and celebrate female achievements. The day is marked around the world in different ways including networking events, conferences, rallies and concerts.

What is this year’s theme?

This year the theme is #BeBoldForChange – encouraging people to be courageous and help to drive gender equality.

Who do admire?

1. Marissa Carter – Entrepreneur and Cocoa Brown CEO

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Marissa is the founder and creator of Cocoa Brown– the revolutionary tanning brand, founded after years spent studying and working in the beauty industry. The first batch of Cocoa Brown was bottled in November 2012, and now in 2017 one bottle is sold every 15 seconds around the world.The award-winning business woman is one of the most well respected beauty editors in the country dedicating her success to her female mentors and now regularly mentors other women. Marissa has won multiple awards for her entrepreneurial success including IMAGE Magazine Young Businesswoman of the Year 2016 and Women Mean Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2015.

2. Louise O’Neill – Irish Author

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Self-confessed feminist and Irish Author, Louise O'Neill was deemed “the best young adults’ fiction writer alive today” by The Guardian in 2015. Her first novel, “Only Ever Yours” was published in 2014 and considered an astonishing piece of feminist fiction due to her refreshingly honest writing flaw. Louise has won various awards including the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year at the 2014 Irish Book Awards, The Bookseller’s inaugural young adults Book Prize 2015 and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2015 for her second book ‘Asking For It.” ‘Asking For It’ was one of the top ten best-selling books in Ireland last year and was named ‘Book of the Month’ in September 2015 by Irish Times.

3. Norah Casey – Publisher, radio broadcaster, television presenter and author

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A former Dragon in Dragon’s Den, broadcaster and publisher with RTE and Newstalk, CEO and owner of Harmonia Publishing - the high achieving business woman doesn’t live life in the slow lane. Harmonia is Ireland’s largest magazine company printing over four million magazines each year for the Irish, British, US and Chinese market. She is a founder of the London-based Women’s Irish Network and The International Women’s Forum was awarded The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award for 2007/8 and has won The Publisher of the Year Award for three years running. Norah Casey is a passionate advocate for social change towards equality in racial prejudice, homelessness and women’s rights.

4. Alexandra Ryan – Founder and CEO of

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An award winning showbiz journalist and the founder, CEO, editor and Managing Director of Ireland’s fastest growing entertainment website What a list, eh?! Ali covers every Irish red carpet event and the biggest showbiz parties in Ireland and abroad securing exclusive one-on-one celebrity has quickly grown a large audience with pageviews and unique users growing rapidly every day. Their current following on Twitter is an impressive 10.5k. As well as running a successful news site, Ali is a director, actress, writer and producer, under her own production company ‘Sweet Rose Pictures.’ She made her first short film in 2014 and has recently finished filming a TV pilot for a new series she wrote and created. Before launching in 2014, Ali worked as a Showbiz Reporter for the Irish Mail on Sunday, The Evening Herald and the UK Mail on Sunday. She won NNI’s Showbiz Journalist of the Year 2012-2013.

5. Pippa O’Connor – Irish Model/Blogger

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Pippa is one of Ireland’s best known and most loved models as well as a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger most recognised for her self-titled website and YouTube channel. Pippa is also a popular TV personality and actress known for her roles in Pippa and Brian are Getting Married, Xposé and Podge and Rodge’s Stickit Inn. She set up in 2013 and is now the leading lifestyle voice in Ireland with sell out workshops across the country. The busy mum, savvy businesswoman and style icon shares her tips with over 500,000 people every day via her social media channels. As a burgeoning author, she set the release date for her book, Pippa: Simple Tips to Live Beautifully, in October 2016.

6. Suzanne Jackson – Irish fashion and beauty blogger

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Suzanne Jackson is a blogger and writer from Ireland who writes on fashion and trends. She created, a one stop shop for celebrity fashion, beauty and lifestyle in July 2010 and has now been described as one of Ireland’s leading and most successful bloggers. was voted one of the most influential fashion websites in Ireland. The Dublin businesswoman was also listed on the 2016 SERMO index as one of the top 16 most influential bloggers worldwide and has won a number of awards for her work including Irelands Best Blogger with Stellar Magazine in 2015. The refer to Suzanne as ‘Ireland’s number one influencer’ with over half a million followers on social media. Sue is in increasing demand and is fast becoming the one to watch especially after the launch of her different beauty products and now clothing line.

7. Storm Keating – Fashion designer, blogger, TV producer, brand ambassador

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Storm Keating is an Australian-born fashion designer, brand ambassador, producer-director and blogger. Storm has been involved in producing and directing of various TV programmes including The Apprentice, The X Factor, MasterChef and The Voice before moving into the world of fashion design. She was announced as Ambassador for Positive Luxury in 2015 and launched her fashion and lifestyle blog in 2016. She is actively involved in Cancer Research UK and the Marie Keating Foundation, having raised millions through fundraising and the launch of her limited edition Skechers ‘Go Walk’ shoe. Along with her husband, Ronan Keating, Storm hosts the annual Marks & Spencer Ireland Celebrity Golf Classic in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation to raise funds to continue to raise cancer awareness and provide free cancer services.

8. Ellen Keane - Irish Paralympic Swimmer

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Ellen Keane is an Irish Paralympic swimmer. She was Ireland’s youngest athlete when she swam in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. At just thirteen years old, she placed sixth in the 100m breaststroke. At the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, she made three finals and won two bronze medals at the IPC World Championships in Montreal. Two years later, Ellen took home another bronze medal at the IPC World Championships in Glasgow where she also set a new lifetime best. The 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio saw Ellen take home another bronze medal in the final of the SB8 100m Breaststroke and achieved two lifetime bests in both the S9 100m Backstroke and Butterfly finals. The twenty-one-year-old is also undertaking a degree in Culinary Entrepreneurship at Dublin Institute of Technology.

9. Amy Huberman - Irish actress and author

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Amy Huberman is a Dublin-born actress and writer best known in Ireland for her role in The Clinic, A Film with Me in It and The Stag. Amy has also appeared in Homeground, George Gently, Showbands and Satellites and Meteorites. In 2006 she successfully sued The People newspaper for mistakenly claiming she was nude in the movie Bad Karma. The full cast list indicates the actress in those specific scenes was in fact by Zoe Ball. She published her first novel Hello Heartbreak in 2009 and began work on the first original scripted comedy Threesome in 2010. Amy juggles her career while raising two children with her husband and former Ireland rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll.

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