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Why we put four iconic women on our covers this month

Content Director Susan Armstrong explains why she wanted Angelina Jolie, Karlie Kloss, Mary Barra and Jolie Howard on the covers of our four regional editions.

Four covers of The CEO Magazine's March editions

When I look back at the past couple of years – this issue marks my two-year anniversary as Content Director of The CEO Magazine – one thing that stands out for me is the calibre of incredible women who have graced our pages, both in print and digitally.

Now, please don’t get me wrong, of course we have featured many, many remarkable men, some of the world’s most successful, in fact, but it’s the inspiring stories of the female leaders – from the CEOs to self-starters, activists to authors, tech pioneers to thought leaders – that really resonate with me.

Why? Because it’s no mean feat getting some of these women to share their stories, let me tell you.

I’m continually surprised/shocked/amazed by how reluctant some female powerhouses are to celebrate their own successes, particularly in print, but also in person (case in point: we struggle every year to get female nominations for our Australian Executive of the Year Awards).

So, with this in mind, with the arrival of International Women’s Day on 8 March and the nominations for our awards now open, the March issue is dedicated to celebrating some of the iconic women who are changing the way we live and work.

Like Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who has made it her mission to ensure girls across the globe have access to education; or feminist gladiator Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the legendary Supreme Court Justice also known as Notorious RBG; or this month’s four cover stars, the amazing Angelina Jolie, Karlie Kloss, Mary Barra and Jolie Howard.

What’s the one thing all these women of influence have in common? Their never-ending support of their fellow females.

How can you follow their lead? Well, funny you should ask!

This year, I’m on a mission to encourage women the length and breadth of Australia to enter our Executive of the Year Awards.

Nominate yourself, nominate your boss/friend/colleague/sister/mother/daughter (okay, you get the picture) – simply put her name forward.

It actually couldn’t be easier – log on to for all the details.

Do it for her, but mostly for future generations, because only when she can see it, can she really be it. So, what are you waiting for?

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