March is Women’s History Month – 31 days to honour and celebrate the many achievements women have made, both in the past and present. To celebrate, we’re shining the spotlight on ten women who are making waves in their field. Game-changers, head-turners, history makers – these are the ones to watch.
Also known by her initials, AOC is challenging every assumption when it comes to American politics. At 29, she is the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress, after defeating long-standing favourite Joe Crowley in one of the biggest election upsets in 2018.
As a young, Hispanic, working-class woman, AOC knows she’s a target for conservative backlash. The media has dogged her ever since but AOC continues to stand proud, fighting for her voters and unashamedly embracing her roots.
You’ve probably already seen the video – this UCLA gymnast scored a perfect 10 on her routine and the internet went wild. It’s even more impressive knowing that Ohashi was once earmarked as a future Olympic champion – even better than Simone Biles – but quit to focus on her physical and mental health.
Now recovered and competing at a collegiate level, Ohashi has rediscovered her love for the sport; something you can clearly see from joy and exuberance in her expressions.
Ari is definitely having her moment right now. The three lead singles from her fifth album Thank U, Next have claimed spots 1, 2, and 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 – a feat that hasn’t been achieved since The Beatles did it in 1964. And she’s overtaken Selena Gomez to be the most followed woman on Instagram.
But Ari is more than just her music – she isn’t afraid to talk about the multi-faceted aspects of her femininity, and is challenging societal expectations of what it means to be a modern woman.
From internet rapper, to Crazy Rich Asian, to Ocean’s 8 pickpocket, and now an Oscar Presenter. 2018 has been a wild year for the rapper and actress.
After starring in Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean’s 8 – two films which pushed the boundaries for on-screen representation – Awkwafina (real name Nora Lum) is now one of the most recognisable on-screen faces for Asian audiences. Get ready to hear a lot more of her characteristic rasp.
Condor was this summer’s breakout star, playing the iconic Lara Jean Covey in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. We’re all super excited for the sequel (and the return of dreamboat Noah Centineo), but in the meantime Condor’s getting plenty of screen time on other projects.
She’s already played kick-ass roles in cyberpunk block-buster Alita: Battle Angel, and the comic book TV series Deadly Class, and will be starring in upcoming teen rom-com Summer Night.
Ashley aka @best.dressed
The UCLA film student is quickly growing her online following thanks to her YouTube channel. Her videos cover a range of topics like thrift hauls, hair tutorials, and styling tips. This is all content we’ve seen before – but it’s Ashley’s down-to-earth personality and relatable humour that really shines through.
With her channel nearing 1 million subscribers, an online store of thrifted vintage pieces, and a Shorty Award nomination for ‘Breakout YouTuber of the Year’, Ashley is already on her way to bigger things.
Peggy Gou once said that she wanted to be the first South Korean DJ to play Berghain. She’s since achieved that, and so much more. Now based in Berlin, Gou is supported by a legion of fans whose antics include screaming Gou’s name so loud the music can’t be heard, and taking off their shoes to wave them in the air.
Originally a fashion student, Gou is just as stylish as she is talented. She’s modelled for Nike and just launched her own fashion label KIRIN, where the dinner guest list included Virgil Abloh, Marcelo Burlon, Yoon Ahn and Sita Abellan.
One could argue that Halima Aden’s story is a great representation of The American Dream. Born in a refugee camp in Kenya, Aden moved to the US when she was 6. She made headlines in 2016 for being the first model to wear a hijab at the Miss Minnesota USA Pageant, and is now one of the most recognisable faces for modest fashion.
Aden is now inspiring future generations to dream big. Her TED Talk has millions of views, and as a UNICEF Ambassador she is helping to raise awareness and support for UNICEF’s global humanitarian relief work.
Weiss started her blog Into the Gloss back in 2010 after spotting a gap in the fashion media market for beauty product coverage. Four years later, its matching beauty line, Glossier launched – and the rest is history. If you know what a ‘shelfie’ is, you probably know about Glossier.
As founder and CEO, Weiss has built the cult beauty label around its distinctive minimal and pared-back aesthetic. It seems Weiss is onto a winning formula with both the products and the business – Glossier is set to become a startup ‘unicorn’, meaning the company is valued at almost $1 billion.
In 2017, Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren’t affected by it. She channeled that discourse into her book ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’, which was a best-seller and catapulted her into international success.
Her podcast About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge was named as one of the best podcasts of 2018 by Wired and GQ. And this year, the award-winning journalist, author, and podcaster has just been named as one to watch on Forbes’ “30 under 30” list.