Updated: Mar 7
This years theme is #BreakTheBias, a global call for us all to tackle discrimination and celebrate our differences and forge an equal future.
Here we celebrate the women in Ireland that inspire us and are paving the way in Sport, Business, Fashion and Music.
"I'm not afraid of failure, I'm not afraid of losing. So I suppose once you're not afraid of that, then anything is possible."
The fantastic Kellie Harrington made history in 2020 by becoming only the third Irish boxer to win an Olympic gold medal. She continues to work hard at inspiring young girls and boys to join local boxing clubs especially in her home county of Dublin. Kellie's win came at a time when the country needed a lift during the pandemic.
Aimee Connolly, the owner of Sculpted by Aimee and founder of the Sculpted MakeUp Academy, has been working towards her career goals since the age of 16!! Having completed a degree in Commerce International in UCD, she was able to develop a solid business plan, one that would go on to win her a prize for the IMAGE beauty entrepreneur of the year. In 2021 she won top prize in the Emerging Category at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Aimee and her company Sculpted MakeUp continue to wow us as competes with the top Make Up brands in the world.
Our very own hometown and "Loreto gal" Sinead Burke is an Irish writer, academic and disability activist. As a 16-year old, Sinead often felt excluded from fashion conversations and experiences due to her limited choices available to her as someone with achondroplasia. Through writing, public speaking, lecturing and social media, she highlighted the lack of inclusivity within the fashion and design industries and in 2019 became the first little person to attend the Met Gala and appear on the cover of Vogue Magazine.
The Irish-Zambian act was the highest-charting ranking artist in 2020 with her self-titled song Chaila from her first mixtape Go Bravely, teasing people how they wrongly pronounce her name.
Artists like Denise Chaila are so important in Ireland they offer more diversity to the ears, the eyes and the world. We see black people creating music, and it portrays a more diverse and accurate picture of what Ireland is in 2021. A country with immigrants and children of immigrants, born and bred, or who were just raised in a land they call home simply because it IS their home. Denise Chaila cataloguing her life in Ireland and as a black Irish makes the phrase representation matters more relevant than ever.
To celebrate International Women's Day on the 8th March 2022 we are giving 20% OFF our Celestial Collection, which as you know is designed by Tara the owner and creator of Far Fetched Accessories. Use the code IWD20 at the checkout and enjoy!