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6 Female Activists On How They Found Their Voice

Activism isn't always about taking to the streets. In this special series by acclaimed photographer Jez Smith, six women share their own brand of activism and show us why our voices are the most important tools we have.

By Natalie Cornish

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Activism isn't always about taking to the streets. In this special series by acclaimed photographer Jez Smith, six women share their own brand of activism and show us why our voices are the most important tools we have.

By Natalie Cornish

Activism defined 2019. From the pro-democracy protests on the streets of Hong Kong, to the Extinction Rebellion movement bringing cities to a standstill while raising awareness of the climate crisis, and the pro-life campaigners who successfully helped decriminalise abortion in NSW, the global mobilisation of voices has touched every generation, regardless of gender or ethnicity, in the past 12 months. In a divided world, activism has brought people together under a united aim.

As we live in these uncertain times, we wanted to bring you an uplifting photographic series about social change made on an individual level. While many of us feel helpless right now, it’s a nice reminder that our individual actions always have the power to make a difference.

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Workout buddies Rachel, Kim and Laura started Food and Lycra seven years ago. The platform tackles negative body image and diet culture among young women. Here, they discuss helping young women realise their potential through movement and sport – regardless of shape, size and colour. Read their story here. 

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Finding Your Voice is a special photographic series highlighting female activism.

You’ve hit the glass ceiling. And our paywall.

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