We’re only one month into the new year and the world of women has been nonstop. To shock political resignations, to women losing their rights, to other women across continents breaking barriers, it has been a mixed bag.

Don’t worry if you haven’t kept up. We’ve created a round-up of all thing’s women from the month of January!


  • Jacinda Arden resigns as New Zealand PM

After 6 years in office, Jacinda Arden announced her resignation as New Zealand’s Prime Minister in an emotional press release. She has often been noted as a compassionate, caring leader and an inspiration to girls and women across the globe.



Jacinda Ardern resigns as prime minister of New Zealand in shock announcement – video | World news | The Guardian



  • ‘Menopause leave’ trial for women in work was rejected by ministers.

Government ministers have rejected a ‘menopause leave’ trial proposed my MPs for working women in England. They claim it “may inadvertently create new forms of discrimination … towards men suffering from long term medical conditions”.


‘Menopause leave’ trial rejected by ministers – BBC News



  • Michelle Yeoh record-breaking Oscar nomination

Michelle Yeoh made history as the first Asian actress to be nominated for ‘Best Actress’ at the Oscars since Merle Oberon in 1935.



Michelle Yeoh Makes History With 2023 Oscars Nomination | POPSUGAR Entertainment UK



  • The Taliban ban female Afghan aid workers.

In December, the Taliban banned women from working for non-governmental organisations (NGOs), meaning female aid workers are no longer allowed to work. Leading UN members have been meeting the Taliban to discuss the ban, as it is the cause of an endangerment to life during Afghanistan’s current winter famine.



Afghanistan: UN’s top women meet Taliban over female aid worker ban – BBC News



  • UK’s Women’s Health Minister calls for more regular breast checks.

Dame Lesley Regan suggests annual mammograms could sound thousands of lives based on new evidence. The UK is currently longest gap between screens in the world.



Annual breast cancer checks could save 1,000 lives a year, says women’s health tsar (msn.com)



  • Women are still underrepresented in the filming industry.

Out of the 100 highest-grossing movies in 2022, only 9% were filmed by women, with 2.7% of them directed by women of colour.



Women Still Underrepresented Behind The Camera Of Box Office Hits, New Report Shows (forbes.com)



  • Mikaela Shiffrin breaks record in women’s Alpine Skiing

Mikaela Shiffrin makes history with record-breaking 83rd victory on the women’s World Cup circuit.



Mikaela Shiffrin makes history with record 83rd women’s World Cup win | Mikaela Shiffrin | The Guardian



  • Women are more likely to experience severe drug reactions

Women are at least 50% more likely to have Adverse Reaction to drugs than men, according to new studies.



Women and patients on more medicines ‘at higher risk of adverse drug reaction’ | The Independent



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