What women do you admire or have most influenced you?
It's International Women's Day and we are asking the team what women they most admire or who have influenced their life in some way. Reflecting on the women's marches* earlier this year, we hope that in 2017 we see change and that women all around the world can achieve the same success, command the same salaries and live equal lives comparative to their male counterparts.
Here's what the team had to say:
Nick "My Sister because she's so strong. Even though she's my little Sister she's way tougher than me."
Katie "I couldn't pick just one! My Mum, a feisty feminist and selfless mother and my Gran for being so wise and always being at the end of the phone for me. I also hugely admire Michelle Obama for uniting women from all backgrounds and empowering girls and young women to fight for a better, more equal future for women all over the world."
Angela "Mother Teresa. For all the good she did during her time on earth.'
Lewis "My Mum. For putting up with me!"
Liz "I come from a strong, all female family so every day feels like International Women's Day! I admire my mum's strength for raising four girls selflessly and for always providing me with words of wisdom and reassurance. Each of my sisters and girlfriends have their strengths, from being great mums to dealing with challenging times in courageous ways, we are always there for each other in sisterhood. I have also been influenced by my English and Drama teacher, Mrs Tew, a strong feminist who taught me that I could achieve great things regardless of gender. Here's to all of the women in my life, I'm thankful for each and every one of you.'
John Florence Nightingale. For being a pioneer in modern nursing.'
Georgia "I admire my mum for raising me, for her kindness and for being genuinely hilarious. I've been influenced by my English teacher, Mrs Walder, who pushed me to study English at university and who believed in me for future success. I couldn't not mention Virginia Woolf too, for writing about feminism during a period when it was very much a taboo."
We'd love to know your thoughts on this and what women you most admire or who have influenced your life. Leave a comment below if you'd like to join in.
Happy International Women's Day to all the women out there, we rock! #IWD
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