Today marks International Women’s Day, so what’s a better way to celebrate than showcasing the women we’re inspired by.
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) is #BreaktheBias and encourages us to “Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality.”
We’re lucky enough to know some fantastic women trailblazing across industries and businesses, from Lucy Prior of TTS to Andrea Morrison of Andrea Morrison coaching.
Here’s what the Hey Me team had to say about the women who inspire them:
Emma, PR Manager:
“Since becoming a new mum, I admire all the women who have paved the way for women to have children and continue to grow their careers. In can be a hard balance to find, but I appreciate the women who have gone before me to make that a reality, as you shouldn’t have to compromise your career or give up what you love simply because you choose to have a child. In particular, I admire our Founder Amy for creating a flexible company, that allows me to do both.”
Katie, Business Support Manager:
“I’ve been fortunate in both life and work to have been nurtured, befriended, and mentored by strong, kind and inspirational women and believe that inspiration can be found not just in those people who will truly change the world in some way (be that our world personally or in the greater sense), but as importantly, in the small acts and gestures that can turn a moment or day or a life around.
“I recently came across a quote by Obiageli Ezekwesili and I hope that we can live up to what she has observed and ensure that the women of the next generation and of the future are supported to achieve even more than we have been able to.”
“What would ultimately de-escalate the challenges of society would be for people to get educated, especially for more women to be educated because when more women are educated, they invest much more of their time and income in ensuring that the next generation would perform even more than they have done.” – Obiageli Ezekwesili
Amelia, Social Media and Communications Executive:
‘I’ve grown up inspired by many women, from those whose books I read, like Virginia Woolf and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to important political and historical figures, from Jacinda Arden to Malala Yousafzai. They epitomise key qualities I’d like to nurture, such as independence, confidence and standing by your values.
“Since starting my career, it has also been great to be surrounded by inspirational women from my team and beyond, who have shown that success doesn’t have to come at the expense of others and through support and kindness we can all lift each other up.’