In celebration of Australia Day, our friend, April and her daughters have put together a wonderful overview of important Australian women as depicted by our favorite dolls!
My daughters and I put our heads together and came up with some important Australian women for our dolls to be for the day. Some you will be familiar with, others may be new to you.
Bindi Irwin– Actress, Conservationist, Educator and Television Presenter. Still only a teenager, Bindi has made a name for herself, following in her father, Steve Irwin’s, footsteps.
Cate Blanchett– Actress. Cate Blanchett is a very popular actress in not only Australia, but around the world. She was the first Australian to win an Academy Award in the category Best Supporting Actress.
Cathy Freeman– Athlete. Australia’s first Indigenous track and field Olympic gold medalist, winning the 400m at the Sydney Olympics, in 2000.
Dame Nellie Melba– Opera Singer. A very famous performer during the late Victorian era, Dame Nellie Melba performed in London, Paris, New York and more.
Halaina Hills- Ballet Dancer. While not the most famous Ballet dancer at the Australian Ballet, she has been our personal favorite for many years. Halaina left the Australian Ballet at the end of December 2013.
Ita Buttrose- 2013 Australian of the Year. Ita Buttrose has been a powerful influence in Australia’s media since the early 1970’s. She is an advocate for social change and equality and raises awareness on many health issues.
Jessica Watson– Sailor. The youngest person to sail solo around the world. She completed the trip just days before she turned 17.
Julia Gillard-Politician. Julia Gillard was Australia’s 27th Prime Minister, and Australia’s first female Prime Minister.
Layne Beachley– Professional Surfer. Layne was the first woman to win the Surf World Championships 7 times.
Nicole Kidman– Actress. Nicole Kidman was the first Australian woman to win an Academy Award in the Best Actress category.
Sally Pearson-Athlete. Sally Pearson won gold for Australia at the London 2012 Olympics in the 100m Hurdles.
There are so many more we could have done; do you have a favorite Australian female?
Thanks you so much, April, for putting together this amazing overview of noteworthy Australian women! I personally, learned a lot!