Women who inspire us

by Adrenalin
08 Mar 2018
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Women who inspire us

Get ready to be blown away by this list of incredible women. As it's International Women's Day we are #CelebratingWomen and so asked our team who has inspired them...

Aparna Nancherla


Recommended by Joleen Li: She’s a comedian who uses humour to bring light to the issues that women face in the current political climate. Example tweet:

Happy Women's History Month! It's in March because a woman thought of it in Jan, a man took credit for it in Feb, & the rest is history.”


Becca McCharen-Tran


Recommended by Joleen Li: She’s a fashion designer who owns the swimwear label Chromat, she strives for equal representation in her label, with women of all colours, shapes, sizes and backgrounds walking her runways. Most fashion houses are run by men, so I love that she uses her position of female designer to be inclusive.


Bozoma Saint John


Recommended by Lauren Wridgway: I heard this podcast interview with Bozoma Saint John and found her so inspiring, energetic, unapologetic and just a real powerhouse of female inspiration. She is a working mother (now a single mother as her partner passed away a few years ago). Chief brand officer at Uber, but worked at Apple before that and Pepsi. She infiltrates the best of the WASP male dominated CEO boardrooms and takes no prisoners! She is really open on her Instagram and is all about celebrating both the amazing and hard aspects of her life balance with refreshing honesty.


Dian Fossey

Image credit: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Recommended by Taryn Sharman: Dian was an American primatologist and conservationist known for undertaking an extensive study of mountain gorilla groups from 1966 until her death in 1985. She studied them daily in the mountain forests of Rwanda.


Ellen Lupton


Recommended by Frank Li: A female designer that really inspires me is Ellen Lupton. I came across her book called “Thinking with Type”. Her quote "Think more, design less" is a design motto I try to constantly remind myself of.

“Think more, design less”


Emma González


Recommended by Jessica Nicoll: Emma is an American activist/advocate for gun control after one of the recent school shootings. She’s become the face of the gun control fight and I thought it was pretty inspirational how a such a young female could have such a viral impact through her passion!


Hedy Lamarr

IMAGE CREDIT: Marketplace

Recommended by Olivia Ta: I don’t know her work as an actress but her invention eventually lead to the invention of things like GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth which we use today. I like that she’s not confined by just being a beautiful actress.


Jessica Walsh


Recommended by Taryn Sharman: She's an advocate for women in the industry – breaking the norm by being a very successful female at her age at her particular level.  She now helps other females in the industry.  Creatively awesome – a very interesting mind.  She is an incredibly brave individual who openly speaks about her story and uses her following to raise awareness for rape victims, mental health and food illnesses.


Malala Yousafzai

IMAGE CREDIT: Feminism in India

Recommended by Jenni Hayward: Malala is a Pakistani activist for female education and is the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is resilient, brave, determined and an inspiration to women all over the world. She became well known after being shot in the head when she was 15 years old, by Taliban gunmen, for speaking out for girls' rights to education. She survived the attack and is now a fierce advocate for women's rights to education on a global scale. The U.N. has named 12th July 'Malala Day' which is a day to raise awareness of the world's most vulnerable girls.  

“We realise the importance of our voices only when we are silenced”


Michelle Obama


Recommended by Taryn Sharman: Someone who is the definition of grace and respect.

Monica Rathbun


Recommended by Edwin Yosorahardjo: She is a super woman that inspires me after reading this article from RedGate. She manages 50 database servers, doesn't not take her work home, can take holiday without carrying a laptop and is a User Group Speaker and Microsoft Valuable Professional!


Oprah Winfrey


Recommended by Sasha Elias, Olivia Ta and Taryn Sharman: She came from absolute poverty and sexual abuse and worked so hard as a black woman to rise to the top. She is the first black woman billionaire and the richest African-American woman. She is also referred to by many as the most influential woman in the world. In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation's highest civilian honor) by President Barack Obama. Oprah was anchoring the news at Nashville's WTVF-TV when she was just 19, making her the youngest person and the first African-American woman to hold the position.


Sara Soueidan


Recommended by Ilenia Coppola: Sara is a freelance front-end web developer, writer and speaker from Lebanon. She is the author of some articles of the most important references in the front end development world as Codrops and Smashing Magazine. She goes around the world doing impressive presentations and workshops about CSS and SVG.


Yassmin Abdel-Magied  


Recommended by Joleen Li: She’s an engineer, author and a bit of a divisive figure. She fights for women of colour to be visible, equally represented and listened to.  I listened to her speak at a panel event and was so inspired by her stories of being the only female engineer on an oil rig out at sea for months at a time.



Zaha Hadid

IMAGE CREDIT: Time Magazine

Recommended by Rajeev Kumar: In an industry that is dominated by men, Zaha continues to shine, with a vision and creativity that has produced some of the most awe-inspiring modern architecture of our time.

"In an industry that is dominated by men, Zaha continues to shine"

Here is a beautiful video Zaha Hadid features in. It was created by another incredibly talented woman, Kathryn Ferguson.



This is just a small sample of the women that inspire us. Here at Adrenalin, we actively encourage women to work in the digital industry and move into leadership positions. Here is a summary video from a women in leadership event 'Lean In & Lead' we hosted last year. We heard from; Bronwyn Van Der Merwe - General Manager of Fjord APAC, Ashleigh Thomas - Head of Advertising at HuffPost and Inga Latham, Head of UX & Design at Commonwealth Bank - they were all awesome.

To hear from even more inspiring women, come to our next #AdrenalinSessions evening event - Thrive: Leadership Skills For Women In Digital - details coming soon on our upcoming sessions here.

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