She Inspires Me (Part 5)

She Inspires Me (Part 5)

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.

Jimmy Lang

Jimmy Lang

Co-Founder of the Defence Stammering Network

My mother once told me that I could be anything I wanted to be. She was right!

Karen Harding

Karen Harding

Singer

I’ve always looked up to female artists. They’re so many that have inspired me through the years, Nina Simone, Beyonce and so many more.

Richard & Adam

Richard & Adam

Singers, Britain’s Got Talent

Our biggest inspiration with our singing and career has been our Nan. Without her we wouldn’t be doing it, it that’s simple. She’s been with us every step of the way and she’s been incredible. She’s been unbelievable.

As well as our Nan, who has been unbelievable, me and Adam both have girlfriends. They’ve been a massive support for us both. When you’re fired in to the situation of being in the limelight, the people closest to you often find it the most difficult. Our girlfriends have been amazing. Me and Adam don’t believe in getting too involved in the whole showbiz spin and we lead pretty normal lives. Our family and girlfriends have helped give us a really grounded environment and that’s been really important to us. We go home and everything is so normal. That’s important so we always keep the right frame of mind and think about things logically and we don’t get too swept up in that world. We have strong foundations.

Lissie

Lissie

Singer and songwriter

I’m looking forward to sharing a female anthem I wrote called “Daughters” that day! I mentioned some of the women who inspired me musically above but I have also been very inspired by my mother. She is so open and loving. My sister is also a huge inspiration. She has dedicated her life to helping others and is so wise when it comes time for some real talk. Also, when I was young and did musical theatre, there was a woman named Carol-Anne who was just so cool and interesting and meeting her made me want to learn more about the world outside of my surroundings. There are some female actresses like Meryl Streep, Frances McDormand and Carrie Fisher, who I also find to be quite inspiring even though I’m not an actor myself. Women who keep it real interest me!

Sean Cronin

Sean Cronin

Actor and Director

J.K Rowling is a wonderful influence for me. She’s somebody that has struggled against adversity. When she wrote the first Harry Potter books, she was a single mum on benefits and has really struggled to write and be creative. Now she’s worth billions and is the owner of one of the biggest and best franchises cinema has ever seen, so I would say J.K. Rowling is a huge inspiration for me.

Stealth

Stealth

Singer and songwriter

There are many. Some have inspired me sonically such as Etta James, some have actually personally inspired songs. But I have to say my Mom has played the biggest part in my life (soppy generic answer I know but true). She brought me here and is always there.

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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