Sunday, 24 February 2013

International Women's Day

Why celebrate International Women’s Day? I bet lots of people think ‘what’s the point?’ Well, for me it’s a matter of equality. Not all women are paid equally to their male counterparts for starters. It's 2013 for crying out loud! Watch this video starring Daniel Craig for a snapshot of some other pertinent figures:

Just over 100 years ago we didn't even have the vote and the leaps and bounds taken since then have been astounding. International Women’s Day used to be more about what was lacking, what was missing, what was wrong but hang on, lets not get down in the doldrums. What has been achieved is remarkable: there are more women than ever in boardrooms and top jobs, such as Katie Bickerstaffe CEO of Dixons Retail UK and Lea Paterson, Bank of England division head.

This time last year I was practising my moaning in preparation for an appearance in The Vagina Monologues. This is a picture of the cast on the night – me complete with ‘man legs’ in training for the Manchester Marathon:

This year I am speaking at an intimate event for women in Huddersfield and I will be focusing celebration of the self. Celebrating the brains, beauty, talent, compassion, skill and kindness of women who come last on the list of their priorities and rarely take the time to realise just how wonderful they really are. 

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