Today is International Women’s Day – a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.
And while there is plenty of work left, before we achieve true equality, there is plenty to celebrate. So without further ado, here are 10 vegan women (in no particular order) who you should know about.
1. Miyoko Schinner
Miyoko Schinner is an award-winning chef who spearheaded the vegan cheese revolution with her debut book Artisan Vegan Cheese
Schinner also spoke at the first-ever Vegan Women Summit last year. The event aims to ‘inspire, educate, and empower future and rising female leaders on how to bring compassion to their career and industry’.
2. Dana Glowacka
Canadian fitness enthusiast Dana Glowacka is someone you definitely don’t want to get into a planking competition with.
In 2019, Glowacka broke the women’s World Record for the longest abdominal plant. She sustained the position for more than four hours and nearly doubled her personal best from 2016.
3. Rachel Ama
Vegan recipe creator Rachel Ama took the vegan scene by storm with her debut cookbook Vegan Eats Looking at her tasty creations, it’s no surprise she was selected as the Observer’s Rising Star of Food 2019.
Speaking to Vice, Ama said: “Caribbean cooking for me is my favorite cooking. I wanted to share that kind of food because I felt like it wasn’t being shared and it should be.”
4. Judy Nadel
Vevolution Co-Founder Judy Nadel announced the launch of She Loves Plants in 2019. The event is all about empowerment and self-love for plant-powered women.
Nadel said the event was inspired by the ‘lack of women represented on stage’ at vegans events – which she was ‘totally shocked by’.
“Over the years with Vevolution we have met so many inspirational women but so often they lack confidence. This community is about changing that. It’s about celebrating women and building a tribe of badass world-changers who believe in themselves and support each other,” she said.
5. Leah Garcés
Leah Garcés is a force not to be reckoned with. As President of Mercy For Animals, she has partnered with some of the world’s largest food companies as part of her mission to end factory farming.
With nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the animal protection movement, Leah is also the author of Grilled. The book explores how fighting to end factory farming led her to collaborate with ‘unlikely allies in the food industry’.
6. Jehina Malik
Jehina Malik made history when she became the first every bodybuilder who has been vegan since birth to be awarded a Pro Card by IFBB.
But Malik’s compassion is as admirable as her strength. She told Great Vegan Athletes: “ I never was curious or wanted to change my lifestyle as animals, in my opinion, were not meant to be eaten. Animals have never been a food choice to me.
“What motivates me is proving to the world that you can be strong and healthy without eating animals. I’m living proof!”
7. Genesis Butler
Despite her young age, Genesis Butler is one of the most high-profile animal-rights activists out there.
Her TedX Talk A 10-year old’s vision for healing the planet has attracted more than 102,000 views and explores the correlation between the environment and animal consumption.
Genesis also traveled to the Vatican last year – in a bid to persuade Pope Francis to try a plant-based diet during Lent.
8. Heather Mills
“I have been warning about this for more than 20 years and it is now an accepted scientific fact… that the cattle culture diet is having a disastrous effect on the climate and it threatens our very existence,” Heather said.
“Every expert agrees that for the sake of continued life on Earth we all have to make significant changes to our traditionally meat-based diet, each of us now has that global social responsibility.
9. Aph Ko
10. Maria Chiorando
Lastly, we have Maria Chiorando: the Editor of Plant Based News. Without her, PBN would not have become the force that it is today.
Last year, we shared Maria’s incredible story where she lost weight and improved her asthma on a whole-foods plant-based diet.
What is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day (IWD) sees a number of missions to help forge a gender equal world, including:
- Raising greater awareness about issues impacting women’s equality
- Taking a stance to call out inequality while working to forge positive action
- Highlighting and applauding where important gains are being made
- Celebrating women’s achievements and accomplishments