These 11 Aussie women will seriously inspire you.
Does anyone really look up to any of the Kardashians?
According to their TV ratings and social media accounts — yes, yes they do. (Sigh.)
But we’re here to tell you there are so many more worthy role models right here at home. So, PUT DOWN THE REMOTE and read up on these incredible Aussie women.
1. Delta Goodrem.
Just as she was hitting her stride as one of Australia’s most successful young singers, in early 2003 Delta Goodrem received the news that she was suffering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Now that she has recovered, she devotes much of her time to supporting charities such as Research Australia’s “Thank You Day” which honours Aussie medical researchers, is a member of RADD (Recording Artists, Actors And Athletes Against Drink Driving) and in 2011 became an ambassador for the Kinghorn Cancer Centre at Sydney’s Garvan Institute for Medical Research.
2. Erin Molan.
The Footy Show favourite Erin Molan is a rising TV and radio star. Recently she watched her older sister Sarah battle bowel cancer shortly after giving birth to her second child.
The sisters now both work with Bowel Cancer Australia, raising awareness of the disease and reminding everyone about the importance of early detection.
3. Marta Dusseldorp.
TV and theatre actress Marta Dusseldorp most recently starred in the TV series A Place to Call Home and is regarded as one of Australia’s best theatre actors.
She is also devoted to her work as an ambassador for Save the Children, which has taken her to the Northern Territory where she spent time with Aboriginal families and their children.
4. Natasha Stott Despoja.
Former politician Natasha Stott Despoja reached the heights of political power in Australia when she took over the leadership of the Democrats.
Since her retirement, she has worked tirelessly for several charities including Ovarian Cancer Australia, The Orangutan Project, the HIV/AIDS anti-stigma campaign, Oxfam and the Burnet Institute. She became chair of the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children in 2013 and is also Australia’s ambassador for women and girls.
5. Gail Kelly.
Former Westpac chief Gail Kelly was listed as the 56th most powerful women in the world by Forbes magazine in 2014.
Since moving on from her career in banking, she has devoted her time to being CARE Australia’s Ambassador for Women’s Empowerment, visiting Malawi and Cambodia.