The double-threat July/August issue of Marie Claire is packed with powerful content about empowered women doing powerful things – plus plenty of ways you can harness your own power to make an impact and live your best life. Are we making ourselves clear? It’s power from start to finish, guys, and you need it!

1. Get elected!

We’re as frustrated as you are with all the pink-washing that goes on around 9 August, so this Women’s Day we’re getting back to the roots of this public holiday and focusing on politics. Did you know that 54.95% of South African voters are women? It’s time we used the power of our ballots to effect real change in our nation, and we think the best way to do that is for YOU to get elected. Find out everything you need to know about running for office in our Get Elected special section, with advice from female MPs and other politicos on the front lines.

2. Meet 2018’s Future Shapers

We profile eight extraordinary women who are helping shape the future of South Africa, including educators, entrepreneurs, environmentalists and more.

3. Shoes news

‘You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose,’ Dr Seuss told us. Of course, every stylish woman knows that the shoes are a vital part of that whole equation. Our fashion team has put together six beautiful pages of the footwear you need to take you places this season.

 

4. Excerpt from Brave

Harvey Weinstein has pled not guilty but TBH we’re tired of saying his name and hearing his side of things. Instead, we’ve published a moving extract from Rose McGowan’s memoir, Brave.  

 

5. Can the future be female if we’re underrepresented in tech?

Michelle Hattingh investigates the barriers preventing more women from pursuing careers in tech, and discovers that we’re uniquely qualified to take this sector further.

6. Coat check

We’re in the bleak midwinter now… Stay warm in our edit of the best coats of the season.

7. Braids brigade

Part self-expression, part haircare, 100% in love. In our seven-page ode to braids, hair maestro Ncumisa Mimi Duma shows you how to style yours in versatile and artistic ways.

 

8. Dreaming of a summer getaway?

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the fires and floods in Athens, as Emilie Gambade reminisces about a whirlwind 48 hours in Greece’s Thessaloniki and Halkidiki.