International Women’s Day 2019
As it’s International Women’s Day – firstly I wanted to give a shout out to all the women out there in the world!
International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8th every year, after women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.
Although there is still much to do before true equality is reached; I think it’s important to celebrate how far we have come in all aspects of society today. We have inspirational historical figures that have paved the way for us today including Emmeline Pankhurst who fought for the women’s right to vote, Mother Teresa who selflessly devoted her life to helping others and more recently Oprah Winfrey, who has done amazing things for Black women across America.
There are so many inspirational women out there – and they don’t have to be your celebrities, take a look closer to home.
A woman who has inspired me is my mum, Joanne Baillie.
My mum fell pregnant and 16 and hid it from my father, thinking he wouldn’t want to know. Turns out he did want to know and they are still together today! Mum worked full-time during my childhood, working night-shifts in care homes whilst my dad, who was in the RAF, looked after me, then she had a few hours sleep before looking after me and the home all day. She did this all the way up until I was about 12 and I had the most amazing childhood, and my mum became my best friend. My mum then, having sacrificed the best years of her life to ensure I had the best start, made the decision she wanted more and started back in education. She completed her GSCE’s, then A-Levels then went on to decide she wanted to be a Social Worker, so she started at university, whilst working full time and still looking after me. I never even realised until now how hard that must have been for her, but she didn’t let on, as that’s what mum’s do – they are an untouchable force of nature! 6 years later she graduated from university, something I attended and was so proud being a part of and started her professional journey as a Social Worker.
This gave me such good work ethic and I truly believe has got me to where I am today. She showed me that if you really want something, you will achieve it! 7 years ago, when I started in recruitment, I fell into it and now here I am working for an amazing company as a Branch Manager. I am so lucky to have been given the opportunity and I work damn hard to achieve the best version of me that I can! This is why I am sat here writing this at 8pm at night – as I care, and I love my career!
If we look around us there are amazing women everywhere – at Impact every woman I work with is a strong, inspiration in their own right and I am proud to be working alongside them.
Women should champion each other in every which way they can, this is why I want to hear about any woman that’s an inspiration to you! Tell me your stories!
Sisters really are doing it for themselves.