Here’s to the great women who kicked it all off.

They challenged previously held societal norms, at great personal and physical cost, to give us the right to vote, the right to marry who we like, the right to choose our own careers, to be independent and to move closer to gender equality.

The spirit of these pioneers lives on, and the hard and uncomfortable work continues in many forms with each of us.

All of us can keep choosing to challenge each other—woman to man, woman to woman, man to man—in our everyday lives.

Here’s to the mums, dads and those very special teachers who nurture our kids, lead by example and challenge the next generation to grow into people who treat each other with respect, patience and compassion.

Let’s keep championing and supporting each other to achieve true gender equality.

By Rebecca Holman as part of International Women’s Day 2021