There are plenty of hard-working women completely slaying in their respective industries and professions from Brampton. In celebration of International Women’s Day, here are 8 you should know about.
Jael Richardson is the mastermind behind The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Canada’s first festival for diverse authors. Jael’s book The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, received a CBC Bookie Award, among others. Her essay “Conception” is part of Room Magazine’s first Women of Colour edition. Currently Jael is book contributor on CBC’s Q.
Haviah Mighty is paving a path for herself in the male dominated hop hop community by challenging the notion of your typical MC. When you hear her lyrical ability, there’s no doubt that she can hold her own. Despite the challenges of being a female in an industry that generally favours men, Haviah is determained to continue doing what she does, especially if it means paving the way for the next generation of young women looking to enter the rap game.
Brampton feminist poet, writer and spoken word artist Rupi Kaur has gone international with her inspiring words. The themes in Kaur’s poems deal with violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. Kaur went viral for her phot essay on menstruation went viral back in 2015 and sparked serious conversation about women’s bodies. Her first book of poetry Milk & Honey is a New York Times Bestseller. Currently Kaur has 1 million followers on Instagram and continues to inspire them weekly with her poetry.
Harjot Ghuman-Matharu is a co-host and producer of Punjabi radio show Fulkari, a show that’s bridging the generational gap between immigrant and first-generation Canadians. She is also the creative director at The Glass Museum, a creative collective that’s actively supporting artists in the Toronto area.
Nobody does fierce like stylist, creative consultant and fashion rock star Sandy Gill, also known as The Sandy Lion. Her 72K Instagram followers are treated to daily fashion tips and tricks to stay fierce. She’s unabashedly herself and is a true inspiration to women who want to just want to own it.
Nobody knows hard work like Jade Jager Clark. She’s no stranger to it, having built her dance studio Jade’s Hip Hop Academy from the ground up. Jade’s dancers have performed on some pretty big stages, including The Ellen Show. They’ve even been shouted out by Missy Elliot herself for their amazing moves. Most recently Jade launched a new project MYPAC Toronto, a non-profit giving youth access to performing arts training and mentoring.
Ruby Sahota is the Member of Parliament representing Brampton North. Ruby actively works with Equal Voice, an organization dedicated to educating young women about Canadian politics and electing more women to all levels of political office in the country. Before entering politics, Ruby worked as a lawyer, practicing for five years in the areas of criminal law, civil litigation, and dispute resolution in the public and private sector.
Adelaine also known as C0OK1EMONSTER, a YouTuber has grown a following an empire all online. Her videos on makeup and other tricks has racked up millions of views and grown her following to the tune of 2 million subscribers.