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Pioneering women in the digital industry (and wider world) #IWD2021

From uplifting LGBTQ+ icons to leading pioneers in SEO and programming - for International Women's Day, we discuss the women who've had a profound impact on our lives and perspectives.

photo of SEO thought leader Aleyda Solís
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Emily
Posted by Emily
8 March 2021
   

Last week, the Splitpixel team came together to discuss the many strong women that we find most inspiring. Today, we're sharing some of the best mentions with you.

Despite being a digital agency, it felt wrong to limit this discussion to the tech industry alone. After all, amazing women are present in every element of what we do here at Splitpixel. From the musicians on our Spotify playlist, to the thought-leaders we follow on LinkedIn - here are our personal picks for International Women's Day 2021.

Ell: "Frida Kahlo is one of my absolute heroes."

Kahlo lived an incredible life, and she is such an important queer, disabled, leftist figure (as well as a woman of indigenous Mexican heritage). She inspires me continuously in my creative work and my feminism.

My paintings are the most frank expression of myself, without taking into consideration either judgements or prejudices of anyone. - Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo wearing luscious red lipstick, flowers in her hair, gold necklaces and long earrings, against a floral green background.

Em: "Hannah Gatsby is who I'd like to be in another life."

Anyone who names their stand up comedy show after their dog is immediately getting my support, to be honest. But as an autistic and queer creative myself, I love to see other autistic artists breaking down stereotypes about autism, and representing the neuro-diverse queer community up on the main stage.

There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself. - Hannah Gatsby

Hannah Gatsby earing a blue suit and dark framed classes, talking into a microphone.

Carlos: "Aleyda Solís is the perfect example of why I love the SEO industry."

Search engine’s algorithms are always changing and we can only keep up by sharing our accomplishments, our tests and our knowledge. The willingness to share knowledge in our industry is simply unrivalled and a beautiful thing to see.

Aleyda goes above and beyond in demystifying SEO and shaping our industry, as a pioneer in her field. Her recent roadmap for learning SEO with free resources is absolutely brilliant and something that I will be using to help train Junior SEOs in my team.

I have been following her work since 2017 and it has definitely shaped who I am as an SEO manager today.

When you are doing something that you love and that you are really passionate about, you'll become simply the best. - Aleyda Solís

Aleyda Solís, wearing a black and white striped shirt and red framed glasses, standing on a stage doing a talk.

Rob: "Sarah Kirsch was ahead of her time and completely uncompromising."

Sarah made truly forward-thinking and creative political punk music that was as chaotic as it was compassionate, and sounded like nothing else out there.

Hugely influential in spirit and message - not that anyone’s ever been able to match her sound - she was unashamedly herself in every possible way. She sadly passed away in 2012.

I believe in people. That deep within the most beaten down of us, there is a will to survive. An instinct to rise above. - Sarah Kirsch

Black and white photo of Sarah Kirsch wearing a beanie and smiling slightly.

Ash K: "Well how could I not mention Reshma Saujani today?"

I learned about Reshma Saujani a few years back when I saw the "Girls Who Code" popup on Twitter.

I think encouraging young women to ignore the bias in tech and computer based fields and to get involved regardless is really important! Although I know female developers myself, things still have a long way to go and Reshma is a pioneer for the cause.

Computer science is not just for smart 'nerds' in hoodies coding in basements. Coding is extremely creative and is an integral part of almost every industry. - Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani on a news show, wearing a red, short sleeved top, with long brown hair. There is a green news screen in the background.

Charlie: "Charlize Theron has been a woman I've admired over the years!"

As an actor, she's taken on some really powerful roles! But Charlize is also a passionate human rights activist and has set up her own foundation to help fight HIV and support disadvantaged kids.

If that isn't enough, she's a fierce ally for the LGTBQ+ community and jumps at the chance to help other charities and charitable causes too. She's a mother and a businesswoman which I can definitely identify with!

"You can be feminine, independent and strong all at once - they are not mutually exclusive. - Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron on the red carpet, with a short blonde hair - wearing stripy black and red turtleneck jumper and stud earrings.

Rob M: "Rosetta Tharpe invented rock and roll!"

Sister Rosetta Tharpe expertly combined gospel music with rhythm and blues to create the sound we'd call rock and roll while Little Richard was still a baby. She's so influential, but hardly ever gets her dues! Why not give her a listen today?

Can't no man play like me. - Rosetta Tharpe

Old black and white photo of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, on stage with a guitar, singing into a microphone.

Max: "Verity Lambert was a pioneer of time and space."

Verity Lambert wasn't just the first woman to be a producer at the BBC, she was also the youngest when she first started - and she went on to make Doctor Who! She’s one of the many women who really shaped sci-fi as we know it.

[Doctor Who] didn't have the sort of format that any other running serial had. Every time we changed the serial, we made our own rules - Verity Lambert

Verity Lambert, pictured on a sci-fi television set, with three actors around her, dressed as a variety of aliens.

Jon: "Greta Thunberg gives me hope for the future."

Sure, it feels weird picking Greta as an inspiration because she's literally half my age - but she's utterly fearless and to me, that's awe-inspiring.

I love that she's been able to stand up and make the world really listen to her! She's raised so much awareness around climate changed just by doing what she thinks is right. Not just that, she's motivated people to get involved. That's something to be so proud of.

I have learned you are never too small to make a difference. - Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg, sat talking into a microphone with a crowd of witnesses sat behind her.

Which women inspire you?

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