How to: sell clothes on Facebook buy swap sell pages!

April 12 2017

We are mixing things up today people! I’m taking a step away from our regular programming of buying-fabulous-things to talk about how to make money selling your fabulous things!  On Facebook no less! I recently made $1,507 selling worn clothing and today I am going into precise detail on how you can do it too. 

For the shopping enthusiasts in the audience, the reality is that shopping can be an expensive passion! As glorious as it is to find the *perfect* item, it can seriously take it’s toll on the credit card and sometimes you just have to say ‘no’ <insert sobs>.

Saying no is hard to do… and harder still on holidays.

In my experience, there is no scenario harder to pass up a *perfect* find than shopping on holidays. There is no returning to buy it next week, or waiting ’til it’s on sale. It is a now-or-never scenario and my personal history suggests I opt for now over never 9.9 out of 10 times.

In February, JS and I snuck over to New York for 10 days of amazing big city holiday buzz. While we spent much of our time exploring and learning and hanging out… there is no scenario where I am in NYC for 10 days and don’t shop. So before I went on holidays, I tried something I hadn’t done before… and focused on making some extra $ ahead of time by selling some no-longer-worn pieces from my wardrobe.

How did you sell them?

In the past, I’ve always sold from eBay and while it can be slow, I’ve had reasonable success. However, an extraordinarily resourceful friend recently introduced me to the world of Buy, Swap, Sell pages on Facebook which made selling faster, easier and more profitable!

How do I join a Facebook Buy Swap Sell page?

Buy, Swap, Sell pages are set up on Facebook as groups using the marketplace functionality Facebook has built to support people selling items through their platform. Conveniently, a bunch of groups have popped up that are specifically focused on one particular brand, like Cue which is the one that I sold in. Search the name of the brand you’re looking for with ‘buy sell’ afterward and you’ll likely have a range of hits. Find the group with the most members then like all facebook groups you need to request to join.

How to find Facebook buy swap sell page

Cue Buy & Sell page – select the option with the most members for the biggest audience!

Most groups have a pinned post outlining guidelines for selling using the page. Read this to understand how it works.

Facebook buy swap sell pinned post

View the pinned post first!

 

Facebook buy swap sell rules

Buy and Sell pages have rules you need to adhere to when selling your items. For example, there are strict rules in this group about using any images that originated on the Cue website. #copyright

Then you’re ready to start buying and selling!

11 Tips for using Facebook buy swap sell pages

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Tips for selling using a Facebook buy swap sell page

I have tweaked how I sell along the way, here’s my lessons learnt:

  1. Include as much information as possible about what you’re selling, including measurements of the garment. (When I didn’t do this, people requested it, usually at inopportune times when I wasn’t home).
  2. Spend time making the garment look as presentable as possible for pictures. Give it a press, use a sticky roller to remove any fluff. Use good lighting to take the pics.
  3. Be honest about the state of garments. It’s the right thing to do and in my experience it doesn’t deter buyers.
  4. I had more success increasing the price of each garment slightly and making the shipping free. Don’t we all love free shipping? Specify the price for shipping is in Australia (or wherever it’s based).
  5. List your garment at the price you are genuinely happy to part with it at. You can always decrease your price if it doesn’t sell.
  6. Be online and available when you list your item/s – if your item is going to sell my experience is it will do so quickly!
  7. Be certain on the rules of the page to avoid awkward selling moments. The pinned rules will specify exactly how the page works but typically the item will go to the first person who comments sold on your post. This may not be the first person who comments on your post (i.e. ‘is this still available?’ ‘I have questions I will PM you’).
  8. Once sold, add a comment saying you will PM the buyer, click on their name (takes you to their profile) then click message to start a private message with the seller. This is where you provide your paypal details and confirm their shipping address.
  9. More people will interact (and therefore more people will see) posts that sell multiple items at a time. However, not all pages will allow this (checked the pinned post on rules for the page first) and the functionality to see what is listed differs from the phone to the laptop (people couldn’t see descriptions of photos posted in captions on the laptop). Next time I sell multiple items I will do this:
    • Use an app like Pic Stitch to combine all of the photos of the garment (back, front, details) into one picture. Add a number to each picture so you can refer to it i.e. ‘item 2 has been sold’. This will save the need to post additional pictures in the comments section of the post or respond to requests to send extra pics.

      Facebook buy swap sell image

      Combine the pictures of your garment in one image with a number assigned to it. This number should correspond with the description of the item.

    • Put the descriptions and prices for all of the garments into the main description area of the post. This will make it long, but ensure all users can see the detail. Comments added as a captions to individual photos cannot be seen on desktop. You can also not comment on an individual photo in the marketplace like you can in a normal facebook photo album. When you make a comment, it comments on the entire post. #learntthehardway

      Facebook buy swap sell description

      This person has done the right thing and put all the descriptions for the items they’re selling in the one post. HOWEVER it would make it easier (for buyer and seller) to number each piece and ensure the picture of the piece also has the number on it.

    • Expect people to contact you to bargain on multiple items.
    • Once items are sold and you are liaising with someone on payment privately through messanger, post a picture of the item they have bought to ensure there is no confusion and to make it easier when you are packaging multiple items to be posted. No chance of sending the wrong thing!
  10. There are a whole lot of acronyms used in the buy swap sell sites! These are the common ones.
    • NIL = next in line. People may use this if the item is sold and they want to be ‘next in line’ if the sale falls through for any reason.
    • TIA = thanks in advance
    • F = following. Someone may use this if they want to see the other comments made on the post, they may have something similar to sell themselves or be interested in making a lower bid if the item doesn’t sell.
    • PM = private message. Once an item is sold the remainder of the transaction takes place in messenger – see point 7 for details.
  11. I sent all buyers a picture of the package with their address on it and tracking details to reassure them their item is on the way. I also delivered parcels to the post office so they were tracked as in commute immediately.

Paypal tip: paypal froze my account after I had received more than $1,000 AUD. I needed to provide photos of my ID and proof of address then they unfroze my account quickly.

Pros and Cons of buy swap sell

The downside of selling this way is it takes a fair bit of time to set up and the functionality is still a little fiddly. You’re also dealing one on one with a person, and if you’re buying as opposed to selling, and the item is not as described, you are on your own to resolve it with the individual who sold it. I haven’t heard a lot of stories like this, but it’s worth being aware of.

The upside of selling this way is that you have a captive audience who love the brand you’re selling and therefore are willing to pay. The Cue garments I sold were worn but in great condition, and were sold for between $75 and $135 each.

A final point on selling vs donating to charity

I know lots of people prefer giving to charity rather than selling used clothes and if that’s you – hats off to you. I think Buy Swap Sell is still a great option to try if you want to give back, it gives you the option of donating your funds (or a portion) to a charity you believe in! While my primary driver in selling was to free up some shopping money, I also signed up to be a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador after the funds came in from this haul. Always feels good to contribute to making a difference!

Have you used Facebook’s buy, swap, sell pages? Do you have any extra tips? Success stories to share? Spill in the comments below! 

Sublime Finds of March

April 5 2017

Hello people! Today, a round-up post of the sublime finds I’ve been loving on through March! I’m sharing what I’ve been wearing, watching, listening to, seeing, doing and looking forward to!

Wearing

Lipstick Queen’s Cupid’s Bow

Lipstick mogul of the 90s, Poppy King, is back as the brains behind Lipstick Queen, a new line of lip products stocked in Mecca. I was highly intrigued by the ‘Cupids Bow’ crayon, claiming to be a lipstick liner and lipstick in one!

Cupids Bow, $31 from Mecca Cosmetica. Colour shown (on the crayon and on me) is Daphne.

Always looking for bright lip hues that will go the distant, and thoroughly intrigued at the return of Poppy King, I had to give it a run! Here’s how she fared:

Putting it to the test: Lipstick Queen’s Cupids Bow in shade ‘Daphne’ at 9am and 6pm. Experimental details: food & drinks consumed. No pashing. (OMG I feel 15 using the word ‘pashing’!! Ha!)

The colour will kiss off (I had lipstick marks on my teacup) but overall was I super impressed with the staying power and it being matte without drying. I received lots of compliments on bright lips, I’m looking forward to giving a pink-i-er colour a try too.

Jeanswest’s new Freeform 360 jeans! 

You may have tuned in last week as I shared a facebook live video (you’ll find it under the videos tab) reviewing Jeanswest’s new Freeform 360 denim! I bought a pair in March and am entirely obsessed! While Jeanswest have been making the awesome curve embracer cut for a while (bringing relief to girls with booty for several years) what’s new about the Freeform 360 denim is that it has a four way stretch; it stretches vertically as well as horizontally! The result: jeans that are infinitely comfy but don’t slip down off your waist! I want ALL OF THEM.

Jeanswest’s new Freeform 360 jeans: denim with a four-way stretch that lets you be on the move without constantly readjusting yourself! It’s love! This is the Leora style in the curve embracer cut and true vintage colour, $129.

AND! At the time of publishing this… Jeanswest is doing 40% off everything! You need to sign in to their VIP program to get the deal, but it’s free to join! Run don’t walk people! Your winter staples await!

A quick word on sizing: I’d usually pick up a size 14 or 16 in a pant and wear a 14 at Jeanswest. Most people I know who are rocking these jeans sized down when purchasing!

Sparkly Tops

I am so partial to a sequinned top and couldn’t go past the one pictured above in H&M at $59.95!

H&M doesn’t have an online store in Australia so no link to buy, but here’s a pic of the full top.

Spaghetti straps aren’t really my jam, but I really liked the look of this top under the jacket! I also love that you can rub the sequins both ways wearing it for slightly different looks. I will seize any excuse to dress in bedazzlement and know I’ll get my $ worth out of this one.

Watching

Homeland

Carrie Mathison saving the world on Homeland.

Is anyone else completely obsessed with Homeland? We have been, ah, acquiring it, ahem, as it airs in the States and are awaiting the season finale next week. It has been a cracker season with plenty of heart-racing moments. The show has my eternal respect for choosing to feature characters with disabilities who are smart and witty and incredible. This is how we change the world, little by little. #YouCantBeWhatYouCantSee

Jane the Virgin

Gina Rodriguez is Jane the Virgin

Any Jane the Virgin fans in the house? I’ve been watching this satirical romantic comedy with very genuine feels over the past three seasons and am very emotionally invested, not least of all for how loveable and full of love the characters are. Also Gina Rodriguez every episode gives an incredibly endearing portrayal of Jane. If you wind up on the couch with germs at any point this year, Jane would be entirely excellent company.

Listening To

I usually use my commute to catch up with my Mum (yes, every day!) but she’s been travelling the last month so I’ve been consuming podcasts like noones business. The most enthralling listen: Mia Freedman on No Filter in the episode Dana Berkowitz and the feminist dilemma of Botox.

I was expecting something focused on the societal expectations of women in the context of beauty and the conflict of whether we should be fighting the system or taking a ‘if you can’t beat em, join em’ approach. The podcast was lots more than this though, looking at the impact of essentially removing the ability to express your emotions and the broader impact this has for women at work and home. I won’t say anymore for fear of ruining it, but well worth a listen, particularly if you are of proud feminist persuasion and also considering botox. (To this note, there is no shaming women one way or another, just a whole bunch of pros and cons to consider which I hadn’t before.)

Also a podcast recommended to me which I found fascinating and educational: Tom Ballard talking with Yassmin Abdel-Magied on cultural appropriation. Better yet, this complex topic comes bundled up in the format of ‘Like I’m a six year old’, Tom Ballard’s podcast approach to making complex issues much simpler to engage with.

Out and About

Hidden Figures

JS and I ventured on a mid-week date night to see Hidden Figures, J thought it was great and I loved it. I’m not a movie cry-er in general, but I have all of the feelings when it comes to women overcoming adversity and so quietly sobbed into my hotdog napkin everytime one of these badass women did something fabulous. And there’s plenty of fabulous. A story so worthy of being told and known, don’t miss it.

Wil Anderson

Date night 2.0 – we caught Wil Anderson’s show at Brisbane City Hall as part of the Brisbane Comedy Festival. He was great. We’ve seen him before and love him, the perfect mix of smart, political and lols. Was excited to see Wil also has a recorded show (different show, but still great) on Stan at the moment. We watched that too (we had Wil fever!) and lol’d lots also.

Champagne Cartel’s IWD event & catch-ups with Skye from Ruby Olive

The fabulous and brainy gals behind Champagne Cartel (Gill and Carolyn) hosted a International Women’s Day event on 8 March, featuring a panel discussion with 4 amazing local business women, including Leina Broughton and Skye Anderton. I had the great pleasure of catching up with Skye later in March to learn more about her story and the gorgeous jewellery of Ruby Olive.

Catching up with the amazing Skye Anderton, the ‘Chief Dreamer’ of Ruby Olive

Skye is amazing and what she’s doing with Ruby Olive is too! I’m really looking forward to sharing some of the gorgeous Ruby Olive wares soon! In the meantime, do check out their competition to design a necklace! Delightful creative outlet with fantastic prizes!

Back on set with Leina Broughton

March also gave me an opportunity to join another photoshoot with team Leina Broughton and two fellow LB diehards customers, Lizzy and Tracy. AND! Leina got behind the camera too! Like me, Lizzy and Tracy both have corporate day jobs and love LB… shooting with them was an absolute highlight, full of giggles (and at times, desperately trying to control ones face in giggle-spasm). Team LB had two more gorgeous, smart women shooting today – I am loving that Leina, Fleur and their team are featuring the everyday and entirely un-ordinary women who wear LB. Here’s a shot from the shoot last week:

Tracy, Leina and I in the new gunmetal splash print! Some beautiful charcoal shades coming through with the cooler months! You’ll find these three designs in the New Arrivals section!

What’s on in April:

  •  I’m expecting a delivery from online store eShakati who enable you to fully customise their designs based on your exact measurements (super exciting I know, lets see what the internet delivers!).
  • As the weather gets cooler, inevitably the colours in our wardrobes get darker, I’m going to be trying to bring a bit more colour and personality to my outfits through accessorising.
  • I’m itching to check out the new David Jones concept store on James St and also Brisbane’s first Sephora opening at Chermside!
  • We’re off to a wedding on the 22nd of two very lovely friends! Can’t wait!
  • I’m nipping down the Gold Coast with some girlfriends for a girls weekend and taking a few days off before my birthday on the 30th!
  • Cannot wait to binge watch Big Little Lies. I read the book, loved it, can’t wait to watch the series particularly with the reviews! And Reese Witherspoon! Love her! Her hair especially.
  • Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Option B is out April 24. ANZAC day = accounted for. Cannot wait to inhale more of her wisdom… Lean In has changed my life in more ways that I can count, but most nostalgically, it gave me the courage to start blogging. It makes my heart swell just thinking about it, you’ll never regret taking a chance, so do. Even if it’s taking a chance on the book!

That’s more than enough and well done to you if you’ve made it this far! And if you have, please answer me this: what did you love in March? What have you been, wearing, watching, listening to, checking out? I would love to hear about all your sublime finds, do leave a comment below or on facebook! x 

Also for knowing: this post contains affiliate links. Affiliate links mean that if you choose to buy from a brand I love, I receive a small commission but you don’t pay any more. It’s something new I’m trying with products I adore to help cover the costs of running Sublime Finds. My commitment to you (and me) is that I will never spruik or opt to be an affiliate for a business whose products/services I haven’t tried and loved!

Score yourself a Leina Broughton Stella Dress!

March 21 2017

Today we’re talking about dress versatility, styling and accessorising for every occasion AND giving away my favourite versatile frock of all time: the Leina Broughton Stella dress!

Lots of dresses are certainly lovely… but not necessary

Last October, I participated in Frocktober and took on the challenge of wearing a different dress every day for the month of October to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. Together, we raised over $1,700! Throughout the month, in addition to wonderful generosity, I did encounter a number of people shocked that I had 31 dresses in my wardrobe. Not necessarily shocked in a good way! Now I’m relatively unapologetic about my love of shopping, fashion and frocks, but I absolutely do not think that women need to have dozens of different outfit options or spend thousands of dollars to look great. I wholeheartedly believe in investing in timeless versatile pieces that with a bit of accessorising/hair/makeup can take you from the beach, to the boardroom, to the bar and beyond.

That’s a tall order! Does such a dress exist?

Yes! I’ve had a couple over the years which have stood the test of time, but my all-time favourite in versatile frocks in the Stella Dress by Leina Broughton.

Long-time followers know, I am in a deep love affair with Leina Broughton frocks: they are stylish, flattering, comfortable, most are machine wash, no iron, all are Australian made and Femeconomy approved… a Sublime Find by every measure. Plus, team LB is all about valuing women of all shapes and sizes which I LOVE.

The Stella dress is extra special.

Leina Broughton Stella Dress

Gorgeous Morgan wears the navy Stella dress both ways; v-neck and boat neckline.

A core style in Leina Broughton’s collection, Stella is made in a range of block colours and also released in limited edition prints. It’s available in sizes 8 – 20 (I wear 14) and retails for $269. It’s reversible, with a boat neckline worn one way and a v-neck when reversed. It’s lined so you get a super smooth finish, the lining is the same fabric as the dress (stretchy) and includes a tube skirt so the fabric of the full skirt doesn’t fall between your legs when walking. Best of all, it was absolutely made for twirling: a pastime for which no lady is ever too old!

Styling Stella: one dress, 10 ways over 10 days

I have four Stella’s… because Stella has been a failsafe option for me at work and play whether the event is casual, formal or anything in between. To demonstrate how one truly versatile dress can take you to a variety of occasions, I’ll be sharing the Stella dress styled in 10 different looks over the next 10 days on Instagram and Facebook. I’ll be featuring Stella in different colours, though most of my styling would work in any shade of Stella!

Here’s a sneak peek of some Stella style: 

Leina Broughton Stella Dress in Navy

On the go: need to arrive in style? Stella is great for travel as it doesn’t crush, perfect on the plane, in the car or packed in the suitcase. I’ve paired Stella in Navy with a taupe belt, trench from Ted Baker (last season, similar here) and Samonsite B-Lite carry on suitcase.

Leina Broughton Stella Dress in Pink

Working weekdays: I’m letting the dress do the talking in pink Stella keeping the accessories simple with a black patent belt (and pumps, though you can’t see them) with the boat neckline worn at the front.

Leina Broughton Stella Dress

Weekends: a frock to take you beach side to bar, I’m wearing Stella in black with slides from Zara, a Seafolly Goddess Tote in white (available in other colours here), Chanel Butterfly Sunglasses and ‘do not disturb’ sun hat from Valleygirl.

Get one for yourself!

Sublime Finds was started with a desire to share fabulous things – so it has filled me with joy and delight that team LB are generously donating a Stella dress to one lucky Sublime Finds follower! If you win, you’ll be able to choose the Stella you love most from the colours/prints currently available.

How to be in it to win it!

This competition is being run with the help of Rafflecopter and is open to Australian residents. You can enter the competition by subscribing for updates from Sublime Finds and Leina Broughton. A second and third entry can be made by following Sublime Finds on Instagram and visiting the Sublime Find Facebook page. Each entry must be made through the Rafflecopter box below. (If the rafflecopter box has not appeared below, refresh the page).

Enter to win a Leina Broughton Stella Dress

Entries close 31 March 2017, the lucky winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter and announced on 1 April (no April fools jokes I promise!) here and on the Sublime Finds facebook page. Full terms and conditions are visible within the Rafflecopter box.

May the odds be ever in your favour!

How would you most love to style Stella? Where would you love to wear her? Hit me with your thoughts in the comments below! 

The 25 best moments for women in the last year

March 7 2017

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I have compiled the best moments for women in the last year. This is the third year I have written this post, I collate it all year long and it is an absolute joy (albeit marathon!) to author. Some of the best moments are women that have propelled us forward, as much as we’d rather already be at the destination. Some are joyous. Some are historic. Some are fist-pump worthy. All are rich with courage and determination. Without further ado, this is them: the 25 best moments for women in the last year.

Firsts!

1. Susan Kiefel was named as the first female Chief Justice of Australia

Best moments for women: Susan Kiefel Chief Justice of Australia

The Honourable Justice, Susan Kiefel, AC (pic source)

While the appointment was not unexpected (Kiefel was the longest serving Justice on the High Court and the shortest odds to get the gig) she was the first female to hold the title. The appointment also meant that women have now have been in roles at the peak of each of the branches of government: chief justice of Australia (Susan Kiefel), commonwealth attorney-general (Nicola Roxon), governor general (Quentin Bryce) and prime minister (Julia Gillard).  #breakingtheglassceiling

2. Hillary Clinton was the first female presidential nominee for the USA

Hillary Rodham Clinton: first female US presidential nominee. (pic source)

In a story of epic highs and lows, Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first female presidential nominee in the USA. The sting of the most qualified candidate in history being beaten by an unqualified, misogenist who has been repeatedly accursed of sexual harassment and assault felt very real for many women in the US and around the world. Despite the result, Hillary’s accomplishment will no doubt help pave the way for others to follow. And this, in her concession speech: “To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”

3. Maminydjama Maymuru became the first Indigenous model to represent the Northern Territory in the Miss World Australia competition.

Maminydjama Maymuru at the Miss World Australia Pageant Finals (pic source)

When Maminydjama Maymuru was spotted by the NT Fashion Week director in 2014, she knocked him back so she could focus on finishing year 12. “Back home education is actually a big deal. Elders and women have done big things to get a bilingual education.” She debuted as a model in 2015 in the Northern Territory fashion week before being chosen to participate in the Miss World Australia competition and made it to the top 10 in the country, her story making headlines around the world. “This has opened my heart” said Maminydjama. #moreofthisplease

4. Dior appoints Maria Grazia Chiuri as its first female Creative Director

Maria Grazia Chiuri becomes Dior’s first female creative director in the company’s 70 year history

Maria Grazia Chiuri took the reigns as Dior’s first female boss making her arguably the most powerful woman in Parisian fashion since Coco Chanel. She used her first collection to make her message loud and clear, sending a model down the runway in a tee with a powerful feminist message:

Maria Grazia Churi’s first runway collection for Dior: we should all be feminists (pic source)

Badass biatches

5. Jill Soloway uses Emmy’s speech to talk diversity and LGBTIQ rights

Jill Soloway: TOPPLE THE PATRIARCHY! (pic source)

The Transparent creator won the Emmy for best director of a comedy series. After a rousing speech about inclusion, she thrust her Emmy into the air and yelled ‘TOPPLE THE PATRIARCHY!’ #preach!

6. The Hot Dog Princess

The #HotDogPrincess

It was princesses week at her dance class, and Ainsley Turner chose to go dressed as a hot dog. Internet hails her it’s new queen. In a world of princesses, may we all find the courage to be a hot dog.

7. Ghostbusters gets an all-female remake

The Ghostbusters: Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones (pic source)

There was certainly backlash (including the much-scoffed-over “you have ruined my childhood”) but the 80’s classic, Ghostbusters was remade with a kick-ass cast of funny ladies. And the world didn’t implode! Instead we lol’d.

8. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was guarded by an all-female protection team in UAE

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, flanked by her security detail (pic source)

On a trip to the United Arab Emirates, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, hired 5 women from the President’s guard for her security detail. During the trip, designed to promote religious tolerance and women in leadership, this photo shone out around the world, making a powerful point. Camilla said the women in her security team were remarkable, and that one had climbed Everest in 16 days!

To Parity… and beyond!

9. Swedish government boards achieve gender parity

50:50 cabinet of the Swedish Prime Minister (pic source)

In 1988, Swedish Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson set a goal for the country to achieve gender parity on government boards in 10 years. It ended up taking 28, but they got there! In fact the current balance is actually in favour of the women at 51:49!

10. Robin Wright and Emmy Rossum demanded equal pay, and got it.

Robin Wright, who plays Claire Underwood in House of Cards demanded equal pay and got it (pic source)

In May, Robin Wright revealed the negotiation she’d undertaken at Netflix in order to be paid the same as  Kevin Spacey for their roles as Frank and Claire Underwood in House of Cards. She threw down the gauntlet, vowing to go public if they didn’t deliver, but they did.

Emmy Rossum followed in her footsteps for her role opposite William H. Macy in Shameless, refusing to sign her contract until they provided remuneration equal to that of her co-star. Better yet was Macy’s response when asked about his Rossum’s move. He said “They wrote the Equal Rights Amendment in 1927; it didn’t get passed . . . until 1972. It still hasn’t been approved by all the states. . . It’s about fucking time, don’t you think?”

11. Apple gives us more inclusive emoticons

Apple’s new, more inclusive emoticons (pic source)

Apple used the launch of iOS10 last year to challenge the stereotypes and norms living in our emoji. In the release, we received a glorious array of more racially and gender diverse identities and new family symbols. #WeCan’tBeWhatWeCan’tSee

12. Travel with Jane discounted insurance for women to allow for the gender pay gap

Travel with Jane making a difference for women and raising awareness as they go! (pic source)

Aussie travel insurance startup Travel with Jane, launched with a bang last month by offering a pay gap discount of 16.2% to women in Australia. The percentage, representing the current gender pay gap, they aim to assist financially and raise awareness and encourage corporate social responsibility here and overseas. Check them out here.

13. Femeconomy launched giving consumers power to influence representation of women in leadership

Jade Collins and Alanna Bastin-Byrne founded Femeconomy

Continuing the theme of exceptional start-ups, Jade Collins and Alanna Bastin-Byrne founded Femeconomy, putting the power to influence the representation of women in leadership in the hands of the consumer. By identifying businesses with at least 30% women on their board of 50% female ownership, Femeconomy has provided us with the opportunity to use our consumer power to support businesses that support women and send a powerful message to those who don’t. Going from strength to strength, I can’t wait to see what this duo have in store for 2017. Read more about Femeconomy here.

14. BHP announce their ‘aspirational target’ of having a 50:50 workforce by 2025

BHP Billiton CEO, Andrew McKenzie announced BHP’s goal of having 50% women in their workforce by 2025. (pic source)

In a bold and virtually unprecedented move, mining giant BHP Billiton announced their intention for their workforce to be 50% female by 2025. A momentus task in the heavily male-dominated industry that is mining in Australia, BHP were commended for their courage and will be watched eagerly on their action as they try to shift the dial from their current female representation of 17%.

Expanding our ideas on beauty

15. Curvy Kate launch their ‘fiercely diverse campaign’ #TheNewSexy

Curvy Kate’s ‘fiercely diverse’ models. Exquisite! (pic source)

In a year that saw more and more businesses embrace a diverse range of models, lingerie company Curvy Kate took the trophy. Launching their ‘fiercely diverse campaign’ whose model’s included an alopcecia sufferer, a transgender woman, an amputee, and a recovered anorexic. Said their spokesperson, “We know our customers don’t all look the same so why should our models?”

16. Taryn Brumfitt released the documentary ‘Embrace’

Taryn Brumfitt’s unconventional before and after photo. (pic source)

If you haven’t found a moment to see documentary ‘Embrace’ treat yourself as soon as possible (it’s on iTunes). Taryn Brumfitt made headlines when she shared a before and after picture on facebook, reversing the traditional notions of what an ideal ‘after photo’ looks like. The response that followed set her on a path around the world to examine how and why women are so tough on themselves when it comes to appearance and to inspire everyBODY. (See what she did there?) I cried. It’s an incredible piece of cinema and contribution to the discussion on women and appearance.

STEM progress

17. The largest ever all-female Antarctic expedition took place

Some of the women who took part in the largest ever all-female scientific expedition to Antarctica (pic source)

77 women with scientific backgrounds headed south to the Antarctic seas to carry out important scientific work. The expedition took place as part of the program ‘Homeward Bound’ which hopes to reach 1,000 women in the next decade to bring about important social and political change, especially for the rights of women and the planet.

18. Dartmouth College has more female than male engineering grads

Dartmouth College Engineering graduates: predominantly female! (pic source)

In an achievement they declared to be first in the USA, Dartmouth had more female than male engineering grads in their 2016 class! Against a national average of less than 20%, it’s a huge achievement that suggest we may finally be approaching the tipping point in male dominance in engineering!

Sporting feels

19. The Women’s AFL launches and is a roaring success!

Representatives from the 8 teams in AFLW! (pic source)

The eight-team AFL league for women launched in 2017 to a capacity crowd of 24,000 who had to turn people away at the stadium gates, such was it’s popularity. This came after an exhibition match notched up a peak TV audience of 1.05 million, making it the second highest TV audience for female sport after the 2016 Australian Open women’s final. Next stop: pay.

20. Fu Yuanhui was super real about her period pain at the olympics

Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui gets real about period pain while competing at the Olympics. (pic source)

Breaking her silence on a major taboo in women’s sport: Fu Yuanhui surprised everyone after competing in the 4 x 100m relay for China. A reporter noticed Fu appeared to be in pain and commented as such. Fu responded “My period came last night so I’m still a bit week andreally tired right now. But this isn’t an excuse, I still did not swim as well as I should have.” The internet hailed her raw honesty, especially in light of her country’s cultural norms which tend to talk about menstruation in euphemisms rather than openly. We feel you, Fu.

21. A fifth grade basketball team unanimously voted to forfeit the season when officials told them girls weren’t allowed in finals.

St John the Apostle Parish School team of 5th graders who voted to forfeit their season rather than continue without their female teammates. (pic source)

In New Jersey, a team of 5th grade basketballers played ten games in their season before reaching finals and being told by officials that co-ed teams were not allowed in the league and they’d have to drop their female teammates if they were to continue into playoffs. Their coach asked the team if they wanted to stick together as a team and forfeit or ditch the girls and continue on. The team unanimously raised their hands in a vote to forfeit.

Women raised their voices

22. An anonymous Stanford university student makes a powerful statement in court to the man who sexually assaulted her

Except from the statement made my anonymous Stanford Uni student who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner (pic source)

“You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today”. The statement given by anonymous Stanford University student to her attacker, Brock Turner who received a disturbingly light sentence on account of the “severe impact” a longer sentence would have on him (what the actual fuck) was hardly a high moment for women world wide. But it’s viral spread following gave voice to so many sexual assault victims and survivors. Impossible to be unmoved by the powerful statement, it forced many to examine sexual assault through a different lens and sparked an international conversation on sexual assault. Such respect for the courage this woman has.

23. Jennifer Aniston wrote a scathing open letter about the portrayal of women

Jennifer Aniston: not pregnant, fed up. (pic source)

Undoubtedly one of the most popular modern day targets for tabloids, Jennifer Aniston got ‘fed up’ about the constant rumours she is pregnant and penned an open letter condemning the media for it’s portrayal of women stating ‘the objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing’. Expressing her frustration highlighting the ridiculousness of celebrity reporting, she goes on to say ‘we are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies’.

24. New feminist motto was born in “Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Courtney Privit’s inspired piece in the response to the Nevertheless, She Persisted movement. (pic source)

After Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced in the US Senate, Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell attempted to describe her silencing by stating,  “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” The final phrase became a battlecry for the struggles faced by women and the determination to go forward.

25. Five million women marched for women’s rights

In what was undoubtedly the most incredible and historic day for women this year, on January 21, 2017, on every continent around the world, women banded together to march for women’s rights. Scheduled to follow Trump’s inauguration in the United States, what was originally planned as a protest in Washington grew into an impassioned remedy for a what had been a horrifying symbol for women’s progress. While the personal motivation for protesting of course varied, the message was loud and clear: we are in this together.

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In a year which at times felt enormously challenging, it was speckled with moments of hope, and promise and progress. This International Women’s Day I encourage you take stock of the wins in your world, share love with the women that matter to you most and take a moment to consider what bold action is possible for you as we go forward together for a more equal world.

What were your favourite moments for women this year? What stirred your heart most? What is your hope for the future? Share your thoughts in the comments below.