By Cass Coakley, Admin & Communications Executive
International Women’s Day (March 8th) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The celebration has occurred for well over a century, with the first being in 1911 all the way to today, and wow, how things have changed.
We all know about the triumphs of brilliant women like Rosa Parks and Marie Curie, but today at Clearcast, we’re celebrating women who inspire us in our everyday lives. Whether they’re famous, related, a dear friend or a pillar of our community, we want to know about it.
We asked Clearcasters to describe in one sentence the most inspirational woman they know and why. What we got back was a selection of heart-warming dedications of love and admiration that we would like to share with you.
“Single mum who successfully (subject to opinion) raised 5 boys single-handedly while working many jobs and asking for NO help. She is retired today and continues to help her sons including help with grandchildren and emotional support. My mum is my hero and it wasn’t until I had my own children that I realise just how much of an outstanding woman she is. Not sure she would appreciate a blog piece though.”
Danny Turner, Business Affairs Manager
“Basically, the answer is either my girlfriend or my mum, and I’m not going to be able to choose between them. So, a hometown hero of mine, and one of the most inspirational women I know, is Margate’s favourite daughter Tracey Emin; like her art, she is uncompromising, brave, and brutally honest about her vulnerabilities.”
Matt Stevens, Senior Copy Group Executive
“Mine would have to be Emmeline Pankhurst. As the leader of the suffragette movement, Emmeline Pankhurst campaigned ardently for women to achieve the right to vote.”
Steph Hughes, Head of HR, Finance & CSR
Her Silver Lining
“My Mum is my hero. When she was a child she was ill every winter and had to miss months of school. Despite her illness she spent her time in bed reading everything she could, and as a result she never fell behind at school and was the first person in her family to go to University. But what most impresses me about her is that she always thinks the best of people, she is scrupulously fair, completely non-judgemental, and she will always challenge people with prejudiced views.”
Tara Cowell, Senior Copy Group Executive
“My best friend of 25 years inspires me to be positive in crap situations. She has a rare shoulder condition that set in when she was in her early twenties, leaving her unable to use one of her arms. She now finds herself with serious physical limitations, and she must self-medicate strongly for the pain. She never seems to let it overtake her life and throws her remaining energy wholeheartedly into her work, boyfriend, family and friends.”
Cass Coakley, Admin & Communications Executive
No, they won’t be punished for ignoring the ‘one sentence’ rule because it seems inspiration knows no limit and if you’re going to rejoice it, today is the day. Go forth and shout about that woman or women in your life that fill your heart with pride and colourful stuff.
Happy International Women’s day from everyone at Clearcast.