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…
“Because she became a world renowned international artist in a male dominated realm.” – Lucy Oulton, via Facebook
“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
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
“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
“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
“[She} stood up for what she believed in and gave her life so women could vote!” – Hannah Weetman via Facebook
“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
“Because of her unrivalled bravery in a male dominated time. Plus she was a pilot which is flippin’ awesome!” – Lucy Oulton via Facebook
She fought for what she believed it and looked gorgeous doing it. Can you get any more inspirational?” – Katherine Scoble via Facebook
“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
“‘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
“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
“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
“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.