Today is International Women’s Day. I decided there was no better way to mark it than to share with you the women who inspire me.
From the everyday to the extraordinary, the things these women have achieved has helped shape me into who I am today.
First on the list was always going to be my mum, Helen. For my whole life my mum has been my biggest fan, telling me I am a capable and successful young woman. My mum has looked after me when I was sick, wiped my tears and tolerated my tantrums, but still loves and supports me no matter what I do. I’m so lucky to have been brought up by such a strong role model who always taught me to stand up for myself and be proud of who I am.
Despite being five years younger than me, Georgia is my role model. She’s had a lot of problems to deal with in her little life, but I have never met anyone more caring or loyal. For someone so young, Georgia has incredible emotional intelligence. She’s also the funniest person I’ve ever met, and seeing her little face always makes me happy.
Watch this video of Kate Winslet explaining how she proved her critics wrong, and I promise you’ll feel as inspired as I did. Body positivity role models are very important to me, and Kate has shown that pure talent will prove even the harshest of critics wrong.
As the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, we should all be inspired by Malala. This incredible young woman has literally risked her life to fight for every girl’s right to an education. It takes so much bravery to stand up not only for your own rights but those of girls around the world, in a time and culture that is working against you. I would love to interview Malala more than anyone.
Ahh, Iris! Her style, confidence and joie de vivre have made me less anxious about ageing. Iris has shown the world that just because you are an older woman, it does not mean you need to shrink into the background. She is such a total fashion icon, and I can only hope I’ll be as stylish at 95.
Getting people to take you seriously as a young woman is hard. But Mhairi articulates herself with passion and wisdom far beyond her years, and puts most well established politicians to shame. Even if you don’t agree with her politics, Mhairi is an inspiration to everyone, male or female, young or old.
I know Ruth through the Edinburgh blogging scene, and I think she is an incredible young woman. She won Scottish Blogger of the Year, but I genuinely have no idea how she has time to keep up her blog with the dozens of other projects, internships, part-time jobs and studying she has on her plate. Ruth is also an eating disorder survivor and openly talks about mental health. I predict this lady will go far.
Image: Cera Kamonji
Who inspires you? Let me know in the comments below.