Girl Power: Four Inspirational Australian Women
With the constant hustle and bustle of the 21st century life, it is often difficult to stop and reflect on how we can better ourselves and help those around us. These four Australian women have all made huge differences to their communities, both past and present, and it is important that we celebrate and recognise their achievements as inspiration for our own lives.
Despite her young age, Morgan Koegel has already made a huge impact. Koegel is the CEO of One Girl, a charity supporting girls in Sierra Leone by providing them with the opportunity for a proper education. As of 2019, One Girl has supported 501 girls in receiving educational scholarships to complete high school, and has helped over 12,000 young women through education regarding menstrual hygiene management.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese Australian who is currently a media presenter. She founded Youth Without Borders in 2007, an organisation that helps empower young people in Australia to collaborate and create change. She was named the Queensland Australian of the Year in 2015 for her influential community work and advocacy for women and youth in Australia.
As one of the pioneers for the women’s suffrage movement in the late 1890s, Vida Goldstein was an influential woman who helped campaign for women’s rights to vote. She successfully collected signatures for the Woman Suffrage Petition in 1891, which had over 30,000 signatures upon completion. Goldstein also joined numerous organisations such as the Anti-Sweating League, which campaigned for a minimum wage in Australia and against sweatshops.
Ronni Kahn is the CEO of OzHarvest, a service that donates excess food that would have otherwise been thrown out to charities across Australia. Kahn has stated that “the equivalent of 25 million meals” of food is donated and saved by OzHarvest each year. OzHarvest has also had a huge positive impact on the environment by saving wasted food from landfill. For her incredible accomplishments, Kahn was named as Australia’s Local Hero at the Australian of the Year Awards in 2010.