This week, it’s World Thinking Day 2019, a day that has been celebrated annually since 1926. It is an opportunity to speak out on matters that affect young women, bringing different cultures and communities together. With this year’s theme as leadership, we’ve decided to share a bit about the women that lead and inspire us every day. Read on to discover our most inspiring women.
World Thinking Day: the most inspiring women according to our team
Claire, Graphic Designer
I would have to say that a woman that inspires me is my aunty, Debbie Abrahams. As a successful knitting designer who’s built her business from the ground up, she is self-driven, exudes creativity and has taught me to always follow my passion and chase my goals - to do what you love and love what you do. And I think to be able to achieve that is one of life’s greatest achievements.
Jen, Ecommerce Assistant
A woman that inspires me is one of my best friends from school. We went to a school which was very academically driven and the goal was always high grades and university, however she was demotivated and distracted and told she shouldn’t aspire to certain careers or professions. She then failed a couple of GCSEs and didn’t get back into the school for sixth form. She then went to a college, resat GCSEs as well as taking some more qualifications and got on an apprenticeship scheme with a law firm. She’s now a paralegal and soon to become a lawyer after her next set of exams.
She was put down from a young age because school and certain way of learning didn’t fit with her but she didn’t give up and didn’t let failing exams at such a young age define the way her life turned out. I find her truly inspiring as she’s an amazing example of being determined and to not compare yourself to those around you- everyone’s path is different. She has blossomed into a successful young woman and she’s never lost her energetic lively character along the way.
Katy, Head of Marketing
I’m inspired by Helen Sharman who became the first British Astronaut in 1991. Having received a BSc in Chemistry at University and then a PhD she worked as a chemist until one day she responded to a radio advertisement asking for volunteers to be the first British Astronaut. Out of 13,000 applicants, Sharman was selected and was just 27 years old when she went into space to visit Mir space station – making her the sixth youngest out of the 556 people who have visited space.
I love the fact that she had the self-belief and drive to achieve her dream of becoming an astronaut and had the courage to apply despite being in a different profession already. A “just do it” mentality, love it!
Sarah Harrop, Wholesale Key Accounts Manager
The women that inspire me the most are those closest to me - my mum, sister and girlfriends. But historically it would have to be Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragettes – their fight for the right for women to vote and therefore have a voice within society was incredible.
Hannah, Marketing Coordinator
I take inspiration from different women every day - from my hard-working girlfriends, like ex-Thought-er and all round creative Becky Hatwell to the business women that I follow on social media. People like sustainable activist Madeleine Daria Alizadeh; fashion stylist and writer Alyssa Coscarelli; activist, Chidera Eggerue who wrote What A Time To Be Alone
; feminist and body positive fashionista Natalie Lee of Style Me Sunday
; or fitness guru and yogi, Jessica Olie.
I think the thing that binds these women is their passion and drive to achieve their goals. And together they help me maintain my own drive each and every day.
One of the women I look to is Stacey Dooley – it's actually minimalism that I'm drawn to and it's a big influence of Stacey's, so it's kind of a shared muse.
Davina McCall really inspires me too. I love her zest for life and her enviable commitment to living healthily!
Who are the most inspiring women for you? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @thoughtclothing
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