WOMEN WHO INSPIRE ME
- WOMEN WHO INSPIRE ME
- It seemed apt on International Women’s day to think about the amazing women who have inspired me over the years. From all areas of life, these incredible women have all made me want to be a better person myself every day.
- When it comes to Mum’s I really am the luckiest person in the world. We have always been extremely close as not only is she my mum she was my dance teacher as a child and we now run our dance school together. She is a beautiful person inside and out and has been a wonderful mum to my brother and I. Kind, caring, thoughtful, loving, strong, supportive, fun, loyal & beautiful, there really aren’t enough words to describe how wonderful she is and how much I love her. She has given me values, taught me right from wrong, shown me what compassion is and how to be the best person I can be. She has always been my mum, my best friend, my first & foremost inspiration and I simply adore her.
- Emmeline Pankhurst
- Emmeline Pankhurst is for obvious reasons is one of the most influential and inspirational women to date. She was a leading British women’s rights activist, who led the movement that won the right for women to vote. Sadly it wasn’t until after Emmeline Pankhurst’s death in 1928, that women were granted equal voting rights.Emmeline was from the great city of Manchester, she grew up there and in her honour there is now a statue of her located in St. Peters Square.
- ‘Trust in God, she will provide’
- Helen Keller
- Having lost her sight & hearing at a very young age, Keller defied expectations to achieve a bachelor’s degree and inspired generations as an activist for disability rights. Hellen Keller refused to live life as a typical invalid.
‘Life is either a great adventure or nothing’
- Queen Elizabeth 11
- Ascending to the throne aged just 25, Queen Elizabeth 11 is the longest reigning British monarch and female head of state. She has continued to move with the times and has been an exemplary monarch barely putting a foot wrong and putting duty before everything. HRH has endured almost every life event thinkable during her tenure on the throne and is, for the most part, adored by the British public.
‘I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust’
- Audrey Hepburn
- There was nothing Audrey Hepburn couldn’t do, she was a humanitarian, dancer, actress and member of the Dutch Resistance.
She taught us optimism was the epitome of class.
‘Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!’
- Princess Diana
- Diana’s life was tragically cut short, but her inspiring work with AIDs sufferers and anti-landmine campaigns means that Diana truly was ‘The People’s Princess.’
She taught us they everyone in society deserves to have a voice.
‘I don’t go by the rule book, I lead from the heart not the head’
- Anne Frank
- Anne Frank was a German born Jew who became one of the most famous victims of the Holocaust when the journal she kept whilst in hiding became a huge success after her death. The book gives a raw and real insight into the lives of Jews in Nazi Germany but it is her strength of character and maturity that is the most inspirational thing about this young girl. The emphasis of the importance of women having a voice is apparent throughout her entries in her journal, later entitled ‘The diary of a young girl’.
‘Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy’
- Martina Navratilova
- Navratilova has been one of the unrivalled queens of the court for almost 40 years and is an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights. She overcame difficulties in her early life to
maintain a successful sporting career over an incredible number of years.
- ‘Whoever said it’s not whether you win or lose that counts probably lost’
- I love a woman who built an empire and Oprah is one who built the best & biggest empire! She is all about spreading love, care and generosity worldwide. Oprah is the ultimate media mogul, she is a talk show host, motivational speaker and philanthropist amongst tens of other careers.
She taught us that women (& black women) can be successful impresarios. With her estimated net worth at $2.8 billion, we’d say Oprah is slightly more than just successful.
‘Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher’
- J. K. Rowling
- J.K. Rowling has inspired millions of people to read and made reading literature addictive. From her humble beginnings to her incredible imagination and her astounding success, she is nothing short of heroic! She is also a philanthropist supporting many charities. Rowling brought the magic of reading to a new generation and now has the best-selling series of books of all time.
She showed us that what matters is the quality of an idea. Rowling finished her first manuscript on a manual typewriter.
‘You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve’
- Mother Teresa
- Born to Albanian-Indian parents in Macedonia in 1910, Mother Teresa was an inspirational spiritual figure for over 50 years. She founded a Roman Catholic congregation that has been active since 1950, and now spans 133 countries. The congregation has helped build schools and orphanages, manage the homes of those dealing with homelessness, HIV, leprosy and tuberculosis. She was recognised as a saint in 2016, 37 years after she won a Nobel Peace Prize. Mother Teresa will continue to be a symbol of hope, peace and compassion for citizens of the world for decades to come.
- “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
- Curie was a pioneering, two-time Nobel prize winning scientist whose research into radioactivity saved countless lives. Curie was unable to attend University in Poland because she was a woman so she decided to up sticks and move to Paris to continue her education.
- ‘ In science, we must be interested in things, not in persons’
- Rosa Parks
- Parks was an NAACP secretary, civil rights activist and ‘Mother of the Movement’.Parks showed her strength when she refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white man which sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott – an important symbol of the civil rights movement.
- ‘Each person must live their life as a model for others’
- Michelle Obama
- A graduate of Princeton and Harvard, intellectual property lawyer and devoted mother, we’re not sure that there’s anything Michelle Obama cannot do.
Obama is an inspiration to young girls everywhere, who she encourages every day.
‘Spread your wings and soar’