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International Women's Day Special

Every year on International Women’s Day, 8 March, the achievements of females throughout history are celebrated across nations. Personally, I think it should be a public holiday in the UK (as it is in some other countries) and women should be given gifts by all males who know them, writes Rena Dipti Annobil.

Whilst there are very serious issues and barriers out there that women all over the world are still fighting to overcome, there are some areas where it has never been better to be a woman.

The music, entertainment and literary industries are buzzing with successful and creative women who, in their own way, are putting feminism back on the agenda. Here are a few of my top women of the moment:

Caitlin Moran

A British broadcaster, TV critic and writer. Her book, How To Be A Woman, tells the truth about all aspects of womanhood; from big pants to abortion. She defines feminism as ‘simply the belief that women should be as free as men – however nuts, dim, deluded, badly dressed, fat, receding, lazy and smug they might be. Are you a feminist?’.  Hell yeah!

Beyonce

This women oozes beauty, power and talent. Becoming a mother has shown that she is indeed ‘strong enough to bear the children then get back to business’. With those curves and songs like Who Run The World? Girls (above) and Bootilicious she definitely champions womanliness and feminism. Also, she recently co-founded Chime for Change, Gucci’s global initiative to raise awareness and funds for women’s empowerment.

Lena Dunham (below)

The 26-year-old actress, writer and director of hit series Girls is currently the hottest name in Hollywood. She’s tried to represent normal women and has no qualms about baring all in the show, even though she’s not a stereotypical Hollywood beauty. It’s inspiring to see someone who is refreshingly honest about being a woman in this day and age.

Lady Gaga

One of the most successful artists of our generation, she has sold over 15 million albums worldwide. I loved her meat dress and the statement: ‘If we don’t stand up for our rights soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones. And I am not a piece of meat’. Gaga turns sexuality on its head, she’s a true individual and doesn’t give a damn about what anybody thinks.

Michelle Obama

Ok, so she’s not in the entertainment industry (although she did make an appearance at the Oscars)! But I have utmost admiration for this woman. She’s elegant, stylish and strong (have you seen those biceps)? Among other initiatives, she started the Let’s Move campaign which tackles childhood obesity. Before she even met her husband she was a Princeton and Harvard graduate and worked as a successful lawyer. It’s obvious that Michelle is the glue that holds her family together in the way that only women can.

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Tags book, Beyonce, hollywood, international womens day, Lady Gaga, Lets Move campaign, Princeton, Harvard, Michelle Obama, meat dress, Girls tv show, Lena Dunham, Chime for Change, Gucci, Bootilicious, Who Run The World Girls, How To Be A Woman, Caitlin Moran, feminism, 8 March
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