Incredible and Little-Known Trajectories of Australian Women
On every continent, we find a series of incredible, outstanding, and courageous women that we at The Woman Post love to make known. This time from Australia
The Woman Post | Maria Claudia Londoño
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Australia is that beautiful land that seems bleak and distant to some of us.
Carrie Bickmore is a radio and television presenter, following her father's career. She created Carrie's Beanies 4 Brain Cancer Foundation, to raise funds for brain cancer research, a disease that caused the death of her husband in 2010. In 2012, Bickmore would become a UNICEF Ambassador for Project Eliminate, raising "awareness of neonatal and maternal tetanus" and in 2017 was invited to be part of the Victorian Honor Roll of Women in recognition of her work as a "charitable and inspirational role model for women and girls".
In the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours, Carrie was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the broadcast media, and to brain cancer awareness.
Jessica Watson is a young woman who from an early age has been fond of sailing, and at only 16 years old she received the Order of Australia Medal for her amazing solo voyage, for which Jessica accumulated 6,000 coastal miles and 6,000 ocean miles over four years, and additionally gained qualifications in offshore safety, diesel engines, radio handling, sea and safety, first aid and yachtsman theory. Her adventure started from Sydney on October 18, 2009, she headed northeast, crossed the equator in the Pacific Ocean and passed through the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and returned three days before her 17th birthday, sailing nearly 20,000 miles. nautical.
In addition to boating, she has completed her MBA, written two books, and is a co-founder of the Deckee boating app.
Bindi Sue Irwin is the daughter of Steve Irwin, famous around the world as the "Crocodile Hunter," who died in 2006 after getting pierced in the heart by the barb of a stingray. She is determined to make a real difference on the planet through wildlife conservationism. Bindi married Chandler Powell, with now her daughter Grace Warrior Irwin Powell, born in 2021.
In 2019, as part of her activism, she launched the campaign to overturn legislation that allows the harvesting of wild crocodile eggs, significantly affecting their population decline.
In the company of her mother in the management of the Australia Zoo, she keeps her father's legacy active and makes Bindi a reference character in the world of environmental and animal conservationism.
In the political sphere, we can mention Edith Cowan, who was the first woman elected to an Australian parliament in 1921, a staunch defender of women's rights and also children's.
To provide education to women and obtain the right to vote, she founded the Karrakata Club, she also instilled sex education in schools. For this and her invaluable contributions to society, Mrs. Cowan was awarded the Order of the British Empire.
Lastly, we will mention Melissa Ambrosini, who is an example of self-improvement, since in the past she had serious health problems due to stress, anxiety, and consequent eating disorders. After a harrowing hospital process, she resumed her life by becoming certified as a holistic health coach, and she also dedicated herself to practicing yoga and meditation. Her testimonial has generated thousands of followers on her Instagram account, where she shares her approach embodied in her books Mastering Your Mean Girl and 'Open Wide'. She is also a motivational speaker and podcaster.
These Australian women have taken risky, different paths, which have earned them special mentions, awards, interviews, and wonderful recognitions which are undoubtedly worth knowing.