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International Women’s Day 2016: Who Inspires You?

Life / posted 3 weeks ago / Rebecca Martin

International Women’s Day 2016: Who Inspires You?

From a young age, there’s often one woman in our lives who inspires us – who we look up to – whose strength we admire. It may be our mum, a sister, another relative, a teacher or a friend. As adults, it’s highly likely that we have a whole list of women who we’re proud to call an inspiration – our friends, our family, our colleagues, our heroes.

International Women’s Day has been observed since the 1900s and calls for us all to recognise the achievements of women all over the world, while calling for gender equality.

We asked our subscribers who inspires them, or who they’ve grown up admiring – from politicians, to models,  activists and celebrities. The answers overwhelmed us (a big shout out to the lovely Vicky Tate, who told us her mum, Olive, is her hero).

Here’s what they said…

Barbara Hepworth
“Because she became a world renowned international artist in a male dominated realm.” – Lucy Oulton, via Facebook

Alek Wek
“She wasn’t always a supermodel – she fled Sudan as a refugee under horrific circumstances and her story is incredible. She does lots of charity work now and of course broke boundaries on the catwalk. (And Adele and Taylor Swift as fun additions just for being awesome role models for young girls).” – Rebecca Martin via Facebook

Emmeline Pankhurst
I’m an electoral administrator so my career revolves around ensuring people can exercise their democratic right to vote. What Emmeline did for women and equality, alongwith all her fellow suffragettes, is astounding. It riles me that people deny themselves the opportunity to vote when there are people fighting for that right in other parts of the world still to this day.” – Siobhan Lloyd via Facebook

Oprah Winfrey
“Because she had a huge positive impact for women throughout the world. She’s always very positive and rarely says bad things about other people.” – Kabibi Louise W via Facebook

Amanda Palmer and Hattie McDaniel
“Amanda Palmer inspired me to be the woman I am today, she supports music as an art form, supports her fans… and there was the “Dear Daily Mail” song from when she was body shamed. Queen.” – Ashleigh-Jane O’Connell via Facebook

“Because no matter how big a super star she has become, she is so humble and down to earth. And basically the queen of my life!” – Eimear McManus via Facebook

Angelina Jolie
“Stunning, providing some serious beauty goals but more importantly she is involved in some incredible charity work.” – Imogen Wallis via Facebook

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley
“Not only do they portray two incredibly strong characters in Ab Fab (they may be ridiculous at times but they’re strong, independent and not afraid to be themselves!) and real life they’re both amazing advocates for their chosen causes.” – Katherine Scoble via Facebook

Olive Tate… my Mumma!
“She’s the reason I have become the person I am.” – Vicky Tate via Facebook

The Suffragettes and Florence Nightingale
– Lesley Poulter via Facebook

Emily Davison
“[She} stood up for what she believed in and gave her life so women could vote!” – Hannah Weetman via Facebook

Malala Yousafzai
“The young woman shot in the face because she believes everyone, regardless of gender, has a right to an education! Whenever I think of the courage and commitment of this amazing young woman it makes me cry! If ten percent of the world’s population had half of her determination and courage our world would be so much better.” – Lesley-Ann Walker via Facebook

Amelia Earhart
“Because of her unrivalled bravery in a male dominated time. Plus she was a pilot which is flippin’ awesome!” – Lucy Oulton via Facebook

Josephine Baker
She fought for what she believed it and looked gorgeous doing it. Can you get any more inspirational?” – Katherine Scoble via Facebook

Clara Schumann
“Wife of the composer. She was herself a composer and a fine pianist. She became the breadwinner of the family by using her talents as concert pianist. Behind every great man is a great woman!” – Hannah Weetman via Facebook

Kate Middleton
“‘Yes, well I really hope I can make a difference, even in the smallest way. I am looking forward to helping as much as I can,’ said Kate Middleton. Coming from a middle class family, Catherine, 30, has already made a difference to the way the centuries-old institution is regarded in the 21st Century. She has taken on the role of a patron to some selected charities – the National Portrait Gallery, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice and Action on Addiction. A beautiful woman inside and out!” – Elisha Kathleen Yuraszek via Facebook

Aung San Suu Kyi
“An inspirational leader of a beautiful country. Plus we share a birthday… ‘The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear’.” – Clare Bailey via Facebook

Rosa Parks
“Known as the first lady of civil rights, Rosa Parks was only ‘trying to get home from work’ and fearlessly rejected racial segregation by refusing to give up her seat on a bus which in turn sparked a huge turning point in the Civil Rights Movement.” – Lucy Powell via Facebook

Princess Diana
“She devoted her life to charity work, she also led a nobel Peace Prize-winning campaign to ban landmines, she was the ‘peoples princess’. She lost her life tragically and at such a young age! Yet she still managed to raise two wonderful boys who have had a hugely positive impact on our country today. ‘Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back’.” – Amy Maisey via Facebook

Gloria Steinhem
“There are so many amazing women to choose from these days, which in itself is inspirational. I’m choosing Gloria Steinem – she’s so hardcore in a fabulously articulate and smart way, a great ambassador for so many, but especially women.” – Aly Haynes, via Facebook

Who inspires you? Let us know and join in the International Women’s Day conversation on the Pink Parcel Facebook page.

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