On International Women’s Day, we take a look back at the Wonder Women who have inspired us, surprised us and lifted us from day one of our Wonder Women series. These self-made women all have one thing in common; a ferocious determinedness to grow and succeed against each adverse circumstance thrown their way. So here’s to our Wonder Woman; our active customers, creative collaborators and steadfast friends – we could not do any of this without you, our champions!
Article by Alex Birch
When we spoke of achievements and challenges, this is what our Wonder Women told us made them most proud.
Katie Brannaghan, Hipkin Kids
I’m really proud of having transformed a crazy idea into a tangible and successful business. Had you asked me five years ago if I could see myself creating and running my very own business I’m not too sure I’d have said yes.
I’m also quite proud of my (continuing) improvement as photographer and art designer; 95% of what we post on Hipkin is done by us. I am 100% self-taught, and although I still have a lot to learn, I feel like I’ve actually achieved a lot, both creatively and professionally.
Haylee McKee, Sticky Finders Bakery
I’m a bit of a horoscope nerd, and my favourite astrologer is Susan Miller. She recently said that a great way of finding out what you’re most proud of is to think of occasions where you’d achieved your best. For me, it was having a mix of courage and creativity to launch projects and adventures without thinking about whether they might fail. I guess I’m most proud of that trait.
Holly Graham, Photographer
I feel proud and absolutely privileged to be doing what I love, everyday. I am also proud of the fact that I don’t take it for granted. It is so important to acknowledge how fortunate we are to live in a society that offers us platforms to grow and freedom to share our stories - I’m immensely proud of that.
Julie Symonds, Education Consultant
I am fortunate to be part of a close-knit family and friendship group and have a gorgeous cat! There are many things that I am passionate about including ongoing learning, singing, dancing to great music, my football team (I’m a Carlton supporter) and my car! I love to drive a car that has a great personality!
Kelley Mullarkey, Art and Creative Director
Sustainability and human rights are at the core of everything I create. What are aesthetics without ethics? One of my proudest moments was last year when majestic disorder was asked by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and UK Parliament to speak at the House of Lords and take part in a two part event called I Stood Up, held as part of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion seeking to give voice to a range of first time voters' concerns.
Kerryn Moscicki, Radical Yes! Founder
Most of all I am proud of my two boys Maximilian and Oslo and the family life we have created around our business. I am also immensely proud of the long standing and positive working relationship we have with our footwear supplier Paul, and the sincere rapport we have been able to cultivate with many of our wonder women customers. If my Mum and Nanna were still with us today, I am sure they would be astonished by what I have been able to achieve as a Working Mother and that is a fact I am both grateful and proud of on International Women's Day.