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To celebrate International Women’s Day, we rounded up some of the women-led businesses on WeTeachMe that inspire us with their work, their creativity, and their stories. We would have added every single female teacher to this list, but “1,001 Women on WeTeachMe” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it? Kidding aside, we applaud every woman teacher for her contributions to her field, and they’re all equal in our eyes. From artists to chefs and entrepreneurs, they all contribute to building a diverse, creative, and inspirational generation of women that promote quality learning and shape the world. Get to know more about some of our teachers and be motivated to create positive changes in your life, like they do every single day.

Editor’s Note: This list is presented in alphabetical order.

Babette Yu of Blooming Cakes

Coming from Shanghai, China, and moving to Sydney in 2007, Babette of Blooming Cakes has lived the quintessential immigrant success story. She proudly shares this narrative as a tribute to the power of relentless pursuit of passion. Today, her business Blooming Cakes has become a result of her persistence, as she shares her knowledge and experience through cake decorating classes at all levels.

Find her classes here.

Jo Ellis of The Rizzeria

For the love of print, and a resolute commitment to art and the community, Jo Ellis has started the artist-run business slash social enterprise, The Rizzeria Collective. The Rizzeria relies on the support of creative volunteers to not only provide for the public’s printmaking needs, but also to run regular workshops in Sydney, from zine making to painting, book binding, screen printing, and more. 

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Julie Fleming

Millinery is no longer old hat, thanks to the talented Julie Fleming. Julie teaches hat making workshops because it is her passion and also to pass on her skills to the next generation. She upholds the strictest standards of traditional millinery, which she herself learned from some notable London milliners.

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Laura Issell at Put Your Heart Into It

Laura Issell’s creative flair and strong passion for sustainability, as well as for creating an awareness of Australia’s indigenous culture, are truly admirable qualities. Her business, Put Your Heart Into It, creates beautiful and eco-conscious experiences, and teaches workshops that inspire people to learn and be empowered through lots of different crafts. By hand-making gifts instead of buying them, ultimately we all help to make the world a better place.

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Malini Parker

Stories like Malini’s are what impress our belief that it’s never too late to pursue your passion. Malini pretty much built a career as a scientist, but it wasn’t what she loved to do. Whilst to others it might seem too late, she took a chance on a radical move and it has been an epic adventure for her since. She now teaches painting workshops that help people enable or re-enable their creativity.

Find her classes here.

Meg Solly of She Skills

She Skills is the business bred by Meg Solly and and her husband Clint. Meg’s motivation for starting the business is deeply personal, having witnessed her widowed mother at a loss when her husband passed away. With She Skills, Meg aims to empower women to become stronger and more confident by equipping them with basic maintenance, carpentry, and mechanical skills.

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Natalie Delaney-John of Rest in Pieces

They say curiosity killed the cat, but this certainly wasn’t the case for Natalie of Rest in Pieces. Taxidermy was a sunset industry in Australia (or maybe it wasn’t even alive to begin with!) but her interest in the ‘dead art’ has changed all that. Relentless passion is again the theme in this story, as Natalie pursued international studies to learn about this craft. She later opened her business and taught the very first taxidermy workshop in the country.

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Paridhi Jain of SkilledSmart

Money, budgeting, and financial literacy are things that a lot of us don’t understand; and so, when finance industry professionals like Paridhi turn their passion into priority, it makes a world of difference. Her business, SkilledSmart, teaches finance independence to help us streamline our lives with better decision-making and money handling skills, and ultimately be better at “adulting”.

Find her classes here.

Sandra del Greco of La Cucina di Sandra

When you’re five or ten years deep into a field you don’t love, it’s easy to think that a change of career at that point would be an impossible feat. But Sandra’s story tells us that, no matter where you are in life, it’s never too late to change direction. She was working as an accountant until her 30s, until she discovered her love for cooking and decided to re-invent herself. Now she creates hearty, authentic Italian culinary experiences in her beautiful Richmond home, and has built a reputation for holding some of the best cooking classes in Melbourne.

Find her classes here.

Sheryl Thai of Cupcake Central

When one door closes, another opens. After being made redundant at work, Sheryl, who had already been experimenting with baking as a hobby, took her passion to a new level. She launched her online cupcake store, Cupcake Central, where she holds beginners and advanced baking workshops. Nine years later, she has several bustling shops across Melbourne and is now also the CEO and founder of League of Extraordinary women, a supportive community that empowers women to “hatch that dream”.

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Vulcana Women’s Circus

Vulcana’s Women’s Circus has always been rooted in the need to provide a safe space for women, where they can feel free to explore their physical potential. But most people may not know that there is quite a history behind the group: They were named after Vulcana, a renowned circus performer in the early 20th century, who was also a pioneering feminist out to prove what women’s bodies are capable of. Today, the programs at Vulcana incorporate the circus traditions of inclusiveness, strength, excitement, and daring to transform and empower individuals and communities.

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To all the wonderful women out there, keep being wonderful and Happy Women’s Day! 👯‍♀️