International Women’s Day is here! This year’s theme is Each for Equal, and focuses on the importance of creating an equal world for all. This includes autistic women.

Although awareness of autism in women in girls is growing, we still have a long way to go. Many autistic women and girls still go undiagnosed or may struggle to receive appropriate support. This could be due to gender stereotypes, lack of representation, and the myth that autism is an exclusively male condition.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we want to give a shout out to just a few of the fantastic autistic women who are working hard to challenge these stereotypes and help others to get the support they need.

Talia Grant

Talia Grant (autistic woman and ambassador)Talia is an actor, autism advocate and an ambassador for our charity. You might recognise Talia from her role as Brooke Hathaway in Hollyoaks. She is the first openly autistic actor to land a role in a mainstream soap. Talia has taken part in several of our charity’s projects and campaigns, including our Women and Girls module and this year’s World Autism Awareness Week.




Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg (image sourced from her Twitter account - @GretaThunberg)Image sourced via Twitter - @GretaThunberg.

Greta is a climate change activist and campaigner. In the past few years, her work has gained international recognition. In 2018 she spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, inspiring weekly student strikes for climate change all over the world. Greta often speaks openly about her diagnosis, using her international platform to raise autism awareness.



Carly Jones MBE

Carly Jones (autistic woman and campaigner)

Carly is a British Autism Advocate. In 2008, she made history as the first autistic woman to speak at the United Nations, calling for the rights of women on the spectrum. Since then, Carly has been working hard to raise awareness of autism. She has appeared in various National Autistic Society projects, including our Women and Girls online module.




Rachel Townson

Rachel Townson (autistic woman and online trainer)

Rachel is an online trainer and one of the creators of our Women and Girls module. She was diagnosed as autistic in her mid-twenties at the Lorna Wing Centre. Rachel has spoken at several conferences and events, including the most recent Women and Girls conference, where she shared experiences of pregnancy and motherhood.




Anne Hegerty

Anne Hegerty (autistic TV personality and supporter of our charity)Anne is a TV personality and a supporter of our charity. She was also a contestant on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity. While on the show, she opened up about her autism diagnosis to her fellow contestants, sparking a national conversation. Since then, Anne has been getting involved with several of our campaigns, including World Autism Awareness Week 2019 – where she visited schools, and spoke to staff and students about autism.




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Curious about autism in women and girls? Take our online module to find out more and hear stories from autistic women.

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