International Women’s Day falls on the 8th of March, and as a company that fully believes in the strength and potential of women from all around the world, we wanted to spread the word about ten inspirational women we think everybody should celebrate more!
Their experiences, their vision or the way they express themselves are some of the reasons why we admire them so much. We hope you find in them the encouragement and support we at the ENTERTAINER have found.
It is rare to find somebody that is not already familiar with the story of Malala and how she overcame all the harrowing experiences she had to go through from a very early age. Now the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, Malala and her Fund continue to work hard to ensure all girls get a “free, safe, quality 12yrs of education”.
British radio presenter, writer, actress and co-founder of charities, Lliana Bird is a powerhouse of positive energy (you can jam to her wonderful sessions in Radio X), scientific curiosity, as you can check in her podcast with Dr Jack Lewis Geek Chic Weird Science, and altruistic activities, such as her involvement with Help Refugees and The Kindly Collective.
Probably the biggest name in contemporary British literature, JK Rowling managed to come up with one of the most widely recognised fiction characters, Harry Potter, while she was trying to overcome financial problems, taking proper care of her baby daughter and escaping unemployment.
With the release of her Harry Potter book series, she became the world’s first billionaire author, only to loose that title due to her extensive donations to various charities!
She’s experienced a sudden peak in popularity worldwide thanks to BBC’s The Crown, but we’ve always held Queenie close to our hearts. Made regent in 1952, she recently celebrated her 91 birthday and became the first British Monarch reaching a Sapphire Jubilee.
If there’s one thing we really admire about Elizabeth is that despite her age and the generation she was born in, she has remained in touch with the times, and adapted to every turn of History. And there’s of course her patronage of over 600 organisations and charities. Quite enough to feature in our Inspirational Women list!
Jessica Ennis was the heptathlon 2012 Olympic champion, a three-time world champion, and the 2010 European champion in track and field, multi-eventing disciplines and the 100 meters hurdles. She is also the British national record-holder for the heptathlon, the 100 meters hurdles, the high jump and the indoor pentathlon.
Now retired, Jessica is a columnist for The Times, a mother of two and an active figure in publicity and non-profit organisations.
Co-founder of the non-profit organisation Daughters Of Eve, Nimko Ali has raised awareness about a wide range of topics involving Women’s Equality, Rights, Education and more specifically FGM.
UNICEF estimated in 2016 that 200 million women living today in 30 countries—27 African countries, Indonesia, Iraqi Kurdistan and Yemen—have undergone the procedures. Ali’s involvement has made a radical difference, especially to stop FGM in the UK within communities from countries in which FGM is common.
Despite being dyslexic and discouraged at an early age when she revealed she wanted to be an astronaut to one of her teachers, Maggie Adering-Pocock became a space scientist and science educator. Her aim is to inspire a new generations of astronauts, engineers and scientists, encouraging them to forget about careers, class and gender and just engage in the wonders of space.
An Honorary Research Associate in University College London’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, you can see her in the television program The Sky At Night, with Christ Lintott.
You have probably seen Es Devlin’s work in stage designing at a Lady Gaga or Kanye West gig, but for Britons she is knows as the stage designer that put together the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
Devlin’s works feature neon signs, light features and other kinetic sculptures, bringing a constant sense of futuristic reality.
Kathy Burke is probably most known for her comedic characters Linda Hughes (Gimme Gimme Gimme) or Magda in Absolutely Fabulous. She has also performed in independent films like Scrubbers or Nil By Mouth, for which she won the award for Best Actress at the 1997 Cannes Festival Her comedy, astounding acting skills and her unabashed honesty are an example to us of feminine excellence!
Theater direction is her true passion since she directed her first play, Mr Thomas, in 1990. She’s currently enjoying the run of her production of Lady Windermere’s Fan in London, the last of a long list of stage triumphs.
Choosing just one out of all 5 Spice Girls wasn’t easy (all of them are inspirational women!), but we just had to go for Mel C! Singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, actress and television personality, her multiple awards are a testimony to her career. We’ve always loved her bright personality and positivism, and it doesn’t hurt that she’s often featured in the soundtracks to some of our most important coming-of-age films (Bend It Like Beckham, hello?).
We hope the inspirational women that have roused our creativity, curiosity and ambition will do the same for all the girls and women reading us! Happy International Women’s Day!