She Inspires Me (Part 1)

She Inspires Me (Part 1)

It’s International Women’s Day on 8th March. Many of our contributors share their female role models and the awesome women who have helped shape their life and career with us.

Aled Davies

Aled Davies

Paralympian and Discus World and European Record Holder

My mother is the reason I am who I am today. She has supported me from day one, providing me with every opportunity to ensure I was as happy as I could be and fulfilled my potential in life. I’ve also got an incredible girlfriend who supports me and she really does make me believe that behind every strong and successful man there is an even stronger and successful woman (or man).

Joe McElderry

Joe McElderry

Singer and performer

My mam has played a huge part in getting me to where I am today. She works a lot with me, she helps a lot with decisions that I need to make. She’s been a huge inspirational woman in my life. I’ve got a lot of very inspirational women in my life. I’ve got a big family of aunties on both sides, my mam and my dads side. There are a lot of very strong women in my family. I’m very lucky.

Jules Quinn

Jules Quinn

Founder of The TeaShed

My mum. She is incredible. She would do and does do everything for me! I would not have The TeaShed without her. I am very very lucky to have her in my life and to have such a great bond with her.

Chaz Singh

Chaz Singh

Labour Councillor for Plymouth Drake Ward

Oh yes there definitely is. I’ve always been told that behind every successful man there’s a woman. Without her support and encouragement I would not be where I am now. She is my wife Saranjit Kaur and mother of two children – Amrit-Pali Kaur and Karan-Jeet Singh. She is also the former Deputy Lady Mayoress of Plymouth. She was a huge support to me when I was the Deputy Lord Mayor.

Carol Decker

Carol Decker

Singer and songwriter (T'Pau)

I’d have to say my mum. My father died a long time ago, in 1990, and she spent the rest of her life on her own, through her own choice. She had her ups and downs but despite a lot of ill health in her last ten years of life she was always such a positive and encouraging person and a wonderful mother and my number one fan. When I was younger and struggling to make it and get there, she never ever lost faith in me. If I ever lost faith in myself, she never did.

Then going back to my early life I would say my English teacher Mrs Pilkington at school. She was also my drama teacher and she would encourage me in English, I was good at English and I think that feeds in to my job as a lyricist, I’m a bit of a poet if you like. She encouraged me in drama as well and brought out my performance side. I went to a girls Grammar School and I wasn’t particularly academic and I would spend a lot of time focussing on what I was crap at, like maths and stuff, but she saw what I was good at and she made me feel good about myself.

Bright Light Bright Light

Bright Light Bright Light

Singer and songwriter

Liz Goodwin. She works at Polydor. I met her when I played an open mic night in 2001 in London and she came and said hi, took a CD, and stayed in touch. She’s since become my best friend, and has worked TIRELESSLY on some of my favourite artists like Elbow and The Pierces. I’ve never seen someone care so much about their work, and love what they do more. She’s the best person in the world. She’s given me so much advice and been a real shining star in some really dark times. She never let me stop believing in myself and I owe so much of my confidence to her. If I hadn’t met her I don’t know if I’d be here.

OMI

OMI

Singer

There is indeed a female in my life that has supported my career, in fact one who has supported every dream I’ve ever had since I was a baby and that is my Mom. I think she deserves to celebrate beside me every success and every accomplishment and ultimately be proud of the boy she raised to be a man, “The mother who fathered me”.

Find out more :

International Women’s Day sees thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. It’s always a popular day for network groups to support. If your network or employer is doing something to celebrate the day, we’d love to hear from you. We can help share and celebrate your work. Get in touch with us here.

You can find our more about the day and see if there’s an event near you at www.internationalwomensday.com

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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