9 inspiring vegan food bloggers and activists to celebrate this International Women’s Day

Author: Molly Pickering

Read Time:   |  2nd March 2022

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We are celebrating International Women's Day, vegan style! Take a look at some of our favourite vegan food bloggers and activists that inspire us every day.


As we prepare to celebrate International Women’s Day on March the 8th, we want to share our platform with women in the vegan community that inspire us every day.

International Women’s Day is a celebration of generations of women who have fought for gender equality across the globe, as well as shining a light on gender inequalities that continue to exist around the world.

The vegan community continue to fight for human rights issues, such as food poverty and exploitation of labour, that affects women across the world.

From plant-based food bloggers to anti-poaching units, there are so many incredible women that have shaped the plant-based movement to what it is today.

Here are just a few of the incredible women (in no particular order) working hard to ensure animal and human welfare is prioritised …

Vegan women to celebrate this Internation Women’s Day and beyond

Sarah Bentley

Sarah founded London’s vegan community cooking school, Made in Hackney, in 2012 as a response to the global and local food crisis.

Made in Hackney collaborates with its community to develop skills that inspire them to grow and cook more plant-based foods.

During the pandemic, Sarah and her inspiring team launched a programme of online classes, telephone support for those not online, and an emergency direct to door community meal service.

Furthermore, you can listen to Sarah’s story on the Simply Vegan Podcast, and follow Made in Hackney on Instagram.

Sarah Bentley, founder of Made in Hackney

Image source: Made in Hackney

Lisa Kitahara

Lisa is the founder of the vegan food blog, Okonomi Kitchen, sharing deliciously healthy plant-based recipes inspired by her Japanese and Chinese heritage.

Okonomi is a Japanese word that translates to ‘how you like’, Lisa uses this as a foundation for her cooking, creating recipes that can be easily adapted to your taste.

Lisa’s recipes embrace flavour and prove that vegan cooking doesn’t have to be bland.

You can follow @okonomikitchen on Instagram, Tik Tok, and YouTube.

Lisa Kitahara, founder of Okonomi Kitchen

Image source: @okonomikitchen

Dr A. Breeze Harper

Dr A. Breeze Harper is a renowned speaker and writer on critical race feminism, intersectional anti-racism, and ethical consumption.

She is the founder of the Sistah Vegan Project and editor of the ground-breaking anthology, Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak On Food, Identity, Health, and Society.

Dr Harper’s work focuses on how systems of oppression, namely racism and normative whiteness, operate within the USA and the vegan community.

You can follow Dr Harper’s work on Insta or through the Sistah Vegan blog, or on Instagram @sistahvegan.

Dr.A Breeze Harper, anti-racisim activist and founder of Sistah Vegan

Image source: @sistahvegan


Niki Webster

We are a huge fan of Niki Webster, AKA Rebel Recipes.

This plant-based chef creates a rainbow on every plate using simple, fresh ingredients.

Niki embraces all things natural and produces incredible recipes that are accessible for all.

You can follow Niki @rebelrecipes on Instagram, as well as explore her selection of plant-based cookbooks online.

Niki Webster

Image source: @rebelrecipes

Akashinga Rangers

Meet the women of South Africa protecting the local animals against poachers.

The Akashinga Rangers are Zimbabwe’s first armed, plant-based, all-women anti-poaching unit.

These inspiring women have revolutionised the protection of animals, and are able to arrest poachers without firing a single shot.

Deemed as ‘the brave ones’, these women have evolved the conservation group into a thriving community.

You can follow Akashinga’s journey through @IAPF on Instagram

Primrose, a member of the Akashinga anti-poaching unit in Zimbabwe Primrose, who is a member of the Akashinga project

Image source: Instagram @wildhoodfoundation

Gabrielle Reyes

Gabrielle Reyes, AKA One Great Vegan, has changed the food blogging world as we know it.

Reyes is best known for being the singing chef – yes, that’s right!

Her amazing vocals paired with her inspiring (and insanely delicious) plant-based recipes are enough to turn anyone vegan.

You can find Reyes on Tik Tok, Instagram, and YouTube using @onegreatvegan.

Gabrielle Reyes, founder of One Great Vegan

Image source: @onegreatvegan

Juliet Gellatley

Juliet founded the leading animal charity Viva!, and is a long-time friend of Vegan Food & Living.

Juliet has been leading Viva! since 1994 and has been a part of the driving force that has shifted the plant-based movement to where it is today.

From investigating farmed animal cruelty to leading the ban of ‘exotic’ meat sales in the UK, Gellatley really is a pillar in the vegan community.

You can listen to Juliet’s story on the Simply Vegan Podcast, or follow her on Instagram @julietgellatley.

Juliet Gellatley, founder of animal right's charity, Viva!

Image source: @julietgellately

Mana Shamshiri

Mana is the founder of the vegan food blog, The Iranian Vegan.

Part of the Iranian diaspora based in London, Mana uses her heritage to create plant-based food that is compassionate and culturally rooted.

Her passion for sustainability, compassionate cooking, and authentic flavours is nothing short of inspiring.

You can delve into Mana’s incredible recipes through her blog, or follow @theiranianvegan.

Mana, founder of The Iranian Vegan

Image source: @theiranianvegan

Anthea Cheng

To put it plainly – Anthea’s food blog, Rainbow Nourishments, is simply a work of art.

Her creative and vibrant recipes showcase plant-based baking and cooking at its finest. Just look at this Sticky Toffee Biscoff Pudding!

Anthea uses food as a tool to connect to loved ones, as well as to show kindness to ourselves.

You can follow Anthea on Instagram and Pinterest @rainbownourishments.

Anthea Cheng, founder of Rainbow Nourishments

Image source: @rainbownourishments

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Written by

Molly Pickering

Molly is the Digital Executive and Podcast host at Anthem's Vegan Food & Living, she also works across other titles including Women's Running and Classic Pop to create affiliate content for the website. Starting out as a Digital Marketing Apprentice at Vegan Food & Living in 2021, within 14 months Molly was shortlisted for ‘Best Editorial Assistant’ at the BSME Talent Awards 2022 and won the BCS Special Recognition award for Digital Marketing Apprentice of the Year in 2022

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