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2021 Young Australian of the Year & Gender Equality Advocate


At 18 years old, Isobel Marshall and co-founder Eloise Hall crowdfunded $56,000 to kickstart TABOO Period Products; a social enterprise that sells high-quality certified organic cotton pads and tampons with all company profits dedicated to eradicating period poverty.

In her work with TABOO, Isobel’s role focused on education, campaigning and advocacy with an aim to dismantle menstrual stigma and elevate the conversation of periods to create social and structural change. Through this work, Isobel developed a keen interest in start-ups and the power of social enterprise.

Current Work:

Isobel is part-way through her degree in Medicine at the University of Adelaide. Through various other roles, she is continuing to grow her passion for health advocacy and public health policy.

Note: For a Keynote Focused on TABOO, please refer to Eloise Hall, Co-Founder and Managing Director of TABOO.

Talking Points

Periods: a marker of gender inequality and global poverty

In this presentation, Isobel discusses the large-scale structural, social and cultural factors that influence an individual’s experience of menstrual health and wellbeing in many different populations around the world. The intrinsic connection between period poverty and gender inequality is discussed, highlighting the way that both of these injustices perpetuate the poverty cycle.

Who this is for:
Audiences that seek to understand how a person’s biology can negatively impact on their future, and the societal structures that facilitate these inequities.

Key Takeaways:
- The factors that contribute to period poverty
- The personal and large scale impacts of period poverty
- Period Poverty in Australia and globally
- How we, as individuals, corporations and communities can help to eradicate period poverty

Leadership and Entrepreneurship

This keynote follows Isobel’s professional and personal learnings as she and her cofounder Eloise Hall planted and grew a social enterprise from just 18 years old.

Isobel will discuss the leadership skills required to direct a group towards a shared mission, and explore entrepreneurship as an opportunity to challenge the norms around us. The role and responsibility of business and innovation is discussed and encouraged to be used as a tool to challenge injustice and provide practical support to social and environmental causes.

Who this is for:
Schools, Teachers, Educators, entrepreneurship/business groups, leadership summits

Key Takeaways:
- Encouragement that you are never too young or too old to be an entrepreneur
- Evidence and reasoning behind why having a clear purpose and mission is so important
- A toolkit for sustainable and effective leadership

Menstrual Healthcare and Education

The history of Reproductive Healthcare gives us an insight into the state and progression of gender equality over the decades.

In this presentation, Isobel will discuss menstruation from a healthcare perspective, considering what has been overlooked in the past, and what we need to focus on now to ensure the menstrual health and wellbeing of all Australians.

Isobel will unpack how a good understanding of one's menstrual and reproductive health can support a menstruator in reaching their full potential, regardless of their biology.

Key Takeaways:
- Why it is so physically and mentally empowering for an individual to be in tune with their menstrual cycle and reproductive health.
- What needs to change as we teach menstrual healthcare and sex education
- Not everyone that bleeds is a woman, and not every woman bleeds
Awesome. Inspired the audience with their story, honesty and the power of social purpose organisations. We considered it a privilege to have them speak to us. The CEO Institute

Very informative and Isobel was very passionate and inspiring. We had another speaker at our conference whose major focus was building toilets in India so girls could continue their schooling when they start menstruating. Rotary has 6 humanitarian areas of focus of which one is Child and Maternal Health so it was a well received presentation.


Both Isobel and Eloise were fantastic additions to our IWD program. The interview style worked well - particularly as it was curated for our online audience. It made the content more dynamic. Isobel and Eloise were eloquent, knowledgeable and passionate.

UN Women Australia

Cowell Clarke's general feedback is that we were absolutely thrilled to have Isobel and Eloise present to our clients. They did a wonderful job explaining their journey and addressing the whole purpose behind their start-up. We really appreciated the positive feedback in relation to Megan's work with TABOO and how it has been a pleasurable experience. Guest feedback = they were overwhelmed and in awe of Isobel and Eloise. Everyone had a wonderful time and definitely weren't afraid to talk openly about menstruation on the night! Well done girls.

Cowell Clarke Lawyers

Isobel was a host for our podcast series, The Discovery Pod. She did a fantastic job. She was confident speaking to academics across a broad range of topics; she was always well presented and reliable; and she brought extra light to our podcast with her warm and bubbly personality.

The University of Adelaide
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