International Women’s Day is fast approaching, a moment dedicated to celebrating the amazing achievements of women, whilst helping to campaign towards equality for all.
Here at Emma Wallace, we design for the woman who dances to her own beat and craves a wardrobe that helps her to be who she wants to be! We know empowerment is always in style and that’s why we’re celebrating those who have changed the game for all.
Read on as we reveal the names you should know on the 8th March.
Ayisha Siddiqa – Climate Activist
Landing herself in TIME Magazine’s Women of the Year 2023 list, Ayisha has fast become an icon in the world of activism, using poetry to change the world. Having watched the life altering impact of the floods in Pakistan, which were made worse by global warming, she penned poetry as a form of protest. Her words travelled far and wide helping to engage the world. Siddiqa also co-founded ‘Polluters Out’, a global youth activist coalition, and helped launch the Fossil Free University, an activism training course. Now, she’s working to help set up a youth climate justice fund to correct the imbalance of resources activists have compared to the fossil fuel industry. An amazing feat helping to protect our environment. We love Ayisha’s message, but we also love her blend of embellishment, colour and comfort in her wardrobe. For spring, we think she’d love our sunny yellow Casey Top and Sakura Wrap Skirt for a colour pop that feels powerful.
Mariella Frostrup – Broadcaster & Campaigner
TV Broadcaster, Mariella never intended to become a menopause “crusader”, but when she went through this stage of life herself, she was “shocked” at her own – and others’ – ignorance of “something that happens to 50% of the population”. Not only did she launch the Menopause Mandate website – bringing together a coalition of campaigners to achieve everyone's goal of revolutionising the support and advice women receive from both the health service and wider society, Frostrup has also worked to dismantle menopause’s “culture of secrecy” and help millions of women navigate something that “is completely unavoidable and totally survivable”. An icon for our future, we also LOVE Mariella’s chic and simple, tailored look. Clean silhouettes are her signature with the occasional print. We could see Mariella rocking our Teea Dress this summer to help smash the system with style.
Selma Blair, Actress
Known for her roles in pop-culture classics Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde and the Hellboy franchise, Selma Blair is an American film and television actress. However, after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2018, her focus has shifted and she’s been widely praised for raising awareness of the condition, talking candidly about her health journey and the challenges she faces. This year, she teamed up with an ability-inclusive make-up brand, with the goal of making ergonomic cosmetics that are easier to use and apply for everyone. An inspiring individual helping others as she faces a difficult road ahead. Selma has long been a style crush for us here at Emma Wallace. We love her chic, classic with just the right dose of edge outfits. No one rocks a roll neck quite like Selma! We think she’d love our Hilda Shirt with its effortlessly cool pussy bow neckline, tucked into black peg leg trousers and finished with a pair of loafers.
Tracy Chou – Software Engineer
When social media platforms failed to tackle abuse, Tracy Chou stepped in!
Having experienced online harassment herself and, with stats showing that the number of American’s experiencing sexual harassment online had doubled from 2014 to 2022, Chou wanted to solve the problem. She spent months coding ‘Block Party’, an app she launched in January 2021, which provides users with fine-grained protections to filter out abuse from Twitter accounts that are likely to be owned by trolls. Not to mention, she became a founding member of ‘Project Include’, an initiative that aims to help the tech industry become more inclusive, partially out of the belief that a more heterogeneous workforce is more likely to build products with safety in mind. Moves that benefit all of us! A fan of simple yet chic separates, Tracy often adopts a laid-back style by day, but we love seeing her in red – a power colour that commands attention. We’d send Tracy our Lora Jumpsuit to give her serious style impact next time she’s on stage.
Alexia and Margot de Broglie - Founders of financial empowerment platform Your Juno
The de Broglie sisters both began their careers working in finance and have just raised $2.2m in funding to close the gender gap with their “Duolingo for money” platform ‘Your Juno’, which wants to make financial education more inclusive for women and non-binary people. During the pandemic, the pair noticed that women, particularly women of colour, were hit harder by Covid in money-terms. It was a major step back in terms of gender equality in the professional environment. Their platform, Your Juno, is about changing this and has already been downloaded by more than 10,000 women since launching in October. We love the sisters youthful and cool style. We’d mix and match our latest prints on the girls – pairing our Mia Jumpsuit in our stunning Romani print with our Blossom Dress in our Talitha print for a perfect duo guaranteed to get everyone talking about their finances!
With so many empowering women on hand to inspire us on International Women’s Day, it’s time to celebrate those icons who are changing the game and making the world a better place for us all!
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