Some Photos of Inspirational Ladies for International Women’s Day

Some Photos of Inspirational Ladies for International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a good thing I think. It’d be nice to have such total gender equality that nobody felt the need to dedicate entire days to co-ordinate celebrations and raise awareness of inspirational people but such a day hardly seems like its on the horizon so…

Also, stay clam meninist bros! International men’s day is Thursday November 19th. That saves you trying to make your redundant point by asking rhetorical questions on Twitter. Knowledge is power. You should go get some.

I’d openly identify as a feminist, but there’s no way my own experience as middle class white male really qualify me to comment too heavily on the issues that affect so many women around the world. I just know that I try my best to not be sexist, to not objectify women (or anyone regardless of their gender identification) and to not treat them differently based on their genitalia and believe that everyone should do the same. Though I do try and make sure I put the toilet seat back down. That’s a gender divide we’ll probably never truly bridge.

My only experience that I can really speak of comes from being involved in a style of music that still seems to be predominantly male dominated, certainly when it comes to performers anyway, and finding that an odd and frustrating phenomena. It’s obviously a trend that’s gradually reversing, but it’s change that can’t come fast enough. The below picture of this year’s Reading and Leeds line up being a case in point.

To the right is the festival line up with only bands that have at least one female member. To the left is the actual poster.
To the left is the festival line up with only bands that have at least one female member. To the right is the actual poster.

Another case in point is probably how small this piece is. Part of that is because I haven’t had the opportunity to photograph every woman that I find inspiring, part of it that is because in what we could call ‘my scene’ for want of a better term, there aren’t that many opportunities to photograph women (when compared to the number there are to photographing men anyway). Maybe that says more about my choice in music than it does anything else, but I’m inclined to believe it isn’t just a dubious sense of taste on my part. But as I said, it’s obviously starting to get better. Largely because so many wonderful women have pushed their way past the bullshit barriers.

But there’s still a few sad hangovers of the old boys club mentality lurking in the dark corners of venues. The sooner the phrase “she’s pretty good for a girl”  is erased from existence the better.

Thankfully I’ve not heard that for a while. But maybe that’s because the people I hang out with are sick of how shrill my woolly liberal agenda sounds in their ears. I prefer to think that it’s because we’ve all moved on and such idiotic pre-conceptions are the exceptions to the rule now instead of the norm.

Anyway, editorial practice for my dream job at The Guardian aside, here’s a collection of photographs I’ve taken of women that I find incredibly inspiring, powerful and admirable and that I’ve been privileged enough to be allowed to shoot.

Hopefully, should I have cause to do something like this again, there’ll be a lot more photos to chose from.

Joy Ward of Veto // photograph by Calum McMillan
Joy Ward of Veto // photograph by Calum McMillan
Ainslie of Sexual Chocolate // photograph by Calum McMillan
Ainslie of Sexual Chocolate // photograph by Calum McMillan
Jasmine MacFadyen // photograph by Calum McMillan
Jasmine MacFadyen // photograph by Calum McMillan
Heather McKay of The Amorettes // photograph by Calum McMillan
Heather McKay of The Amorettes // photograph by Calum McMillan
Erin Donnachie of Life on Standby // photograph by Calum McMillan
Erin Donnachie of Life on Standby // photograph by Calum McMillan
Gill Montgomery of The Amorettes // photograph by Calum McMillan
Gill Montgomery of The Amorettes // photograph by Calum McMillan
Francesca Penny of Little Bay // photograph by Calum McMillan
Francesca Penny of Little Bay // photograph by Calum McMillan
Becky Addison of Farewell Singapore // photograph by Calum McMillan
Becky Addison of Farewell Singapore // photograph by Calum McMillan
Toni Benedetti of Act Natural // photograph by Calum McMillan
Toni Benedetti of Act Natural // photograph by Calum McMillan
Mhairi Marwick of Fat Suit // photograph by Calum McMillan
Mhairi Marwick of Fat Suit // photograph by Calum McMillan
Laura Wilkie of Fat Suit // photograph by Calum McMillan
Laura Wilkie of Fat Suit // photograph by Calum McMillan
Unknown from Fat Suit's string quartet (feel so bad about not knowing that.) // photograph by Calum McMillan
Unknown from Fat Suit’s string quartet (feel so bad about not knowing that.) // photograph by Calum McMillan
Julie Knox of Atom Tree // photograph by Calum McMillan
Julie Knox of Atom Tree // photograph by Calum McMillan

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