To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022 “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” on March 8, we’ve put together a list of diverse, dedicated woman who have been inspiring all of us at Solar Schools.  

Orsola de Castro
Fashion and sustainability rarely see eye to eye (check our Greenwash) but Orsola d Castro is working to change that. A fashion designer and co-founder of Fashion Revolution, Orsola is working tirelessly to highlight issues, inspire young designers and shift common misconceptions around truly sustainable design.
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Mindy Lubber
CEO and President of the economics focused non-profit organization Ceres, Mindy Lubber is a multi-award winning, self-described eco-warrior leading an all-women executive leadership team. She has dedicated more than 30 years to the environment and currently guides some of the world’s biggest companies moving from climate commitments to tangible impact.
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Nemonte Nenquimo
An indigenous leader fighting to save the Amazon and recent recipient of the Goldman environmental prize, recognising grassroots activism. Nemonte and fellow members of the remote Waorani indigenous group set a legal precedent for indigenous rights in 2019, winning court action to defend and preserve traditional rainforest land. A victory for all of us.
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Nzambi Matee 
Serial entrepreneur, self-taught hardware designer, and mechanical engineer with a mission to repurpose plastic waste to tackle housing problems in Kenya. A recognised United Nations ‘Champion of Earth’, Nzambia has forged partnerships with numerous manufacturers to deliver sustainable, alternative and affordable, building products to where it’s most needed.
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Amanda McKenzie
A passionate and dependable contributor to climate related news in Australia, Amanda McKenzie is an environmental leader and CEO of the esteemed Climate Council. Amanda has won numerous awards including being recognised as one of Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence and a finalist in Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year Awards.
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Rae Johnston
Rae Johnston is a proud Wiradjuri woman, multi-award-winning journalist and notably the first Science & Technology Editor for NITV at SBS. You’ve probably seen her on tv (SBS, ABC and 10) or heard one of her popular science/tech podcasts Queens of the Drone Age, STEAM with Rae Johnston and Hear+Beyond. Follow her for fun posts covering STEM, conservation, and even a bit of gaming.
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Illustration credit: UN Women