Today is International Women’s Day, which for the past century has been the day of global recognition for women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements. In celebration of this year’s theme of Women in Leadership, we’re sharing 5 of our favourite books by 5 incredible women who #ChooseToChallenge.
But it’s also a day to acknowledge the systemic inequality that women face. With fast fashion at the crux of garment worker exploitation (80% of which are women), continuing to work toward shaping a more equal future has never felt closer to home.
"Clothes aren't going to change the world, the women who wear them will" - Anne Klein
No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference is a collection of inspiring speeches by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg. From #FridaysforFuture rallies to UN Climate Action Summit - this little book will inspire you to take big action, no matter how small you may feel.
A Zero Waste Life by Dr Anita Vandyke
"Plastic is mother nature's non-renewable resource, time is ours. Let's not waste either one."
Zero Waste warrior Anita Vandyke shows us how the little changes we make in our everyday lives can make a difference. A Zero Waste Life is a simple guide to reduce your waste by 80% in 30 days, and in doing this gain more time, more purpose and ultimately, more happiness.
Green Is The New Black by Tamsin Blanchard
Fashion journalist, author, and lecturer Tamsin Blanchard teaches us how to save the planet in style with her green survival manual Green Is The New Black. She educates us on the issues within the fashion industry from how our shopping addictions contribute to climate change, to who made our clothes, to a directory on where to shop with the planet in mind.
Rise & Resist by Clare Press
"While you, Fashion, keep women like me in rich countries supplied with pretty shoes and frocks, at ever cheaper prices; it is our sisters in poorer countries who pay the true cost."
Sustainable fashion expert Clare Press is a journalist, speaker and presenter of the Wardrobe Crisis Podcast. In her book Rise & Resist, she takes a deep dive into the new activism happening around the world and urges us to all be a part of the solution to environmental and social justice.
Glimpses of Utopia by Jess Scully
Glimpses of Utopia is a refreshingly optimistic and practical guide to working towards a fairer world. Jess Scully is Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney and shares creative solutions to combat the enormous challenges we’re facing, from climate change to inequality to disruptive technology.