International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year around the world. It is a focal point in the movement FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS. The United Nations began celebrating the day in 1977.
While circumstances are different this year, it’s still a day to celebrate women around the world, their achievements and raise awareness about women’s equality, and more. We at Mason Advisory are committed to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world.
This year’s IWD day theme is #ChooseToChallenge which is pledging commitment to challenge inequality with a hand up picture. We had such a great response from the team, we couldn’t fit them all in the short video so here they are below pledging their commitment and telling us about the women who inspire them.
|Jasmin Paris – Jasmin is a British fell runner whose achievements will make your eyes water and legs ache. She has broken numerous ultrarunning records, at one point simultaneously holding the fastest female record for the Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley and Ramsay Round (look them up – I feel tired just thinking about them). Her time for the Ramsey Round wasn’t just the fastest female time, it was also the fastest known time full stop! In 2019 she set a new record for the Spine Race which covers the whole Pennine Way finishing 268 miles in winter in 83 hours and 12 minutes and 23 seconds. She was the first woman to win the race outright and beat the previous record by almost 12 hours and the previous female record by almost 27 hours. What makes this achievement even more amazing is that she did so expressing milk for her baby at aid stations along the route. When she isn’t, quite literally giving everyone a run for their money, she works as a small animal vet.
She is an incredible example of gender equality through action, a truly inspirational woman, and a lovely human being to boot.
|Maya Angelou – “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”
|Inspiration can come from everywhere and from anyone. No one is too young or old to inspire someone else. But for me, nothing beats the inspiration I’ve got from these women:
PS – Let’s not forget the ladies I work with. You women are all amazing. We have kept each other going throughout this pandemic. Can’t thank you enough.
Stella Rebecca Ezechi
|Most women are inspiring to battle the world of equality, which continues today all over the world. Things have improved for many, but equality across the world is shocking.
There are some many through the ages so here’s a quick reflection on stories that I’ve witnessed, seen at the sea, or watch in a movie:
|My wife and our two wonderful daughters inspire me. Throughout the pandemic my wife has worked tirelessly supporting children at school and our daughters have adapted so well to remote learning and continued to work diligently. Let’s end inequality and ensure everyone has a fair future.
|The women who inspire me first and foremost have to be the women in my family and immediate support network. The generations before me (such as my mother and grandmother) have had an incredibly challenging journey but have been relentless in achieving greatness despite these hurdles. All of which has paved the way for myself and future generations. Throughout the course of my career I’ve also had the absolute pleasure of working with some remarkable women who are leaders, support pillars and everyday heroes. The inspirations ranges from:
The inspiration continues daily as the ladies I work with at Mason Advisory are truly brilliant, offering new ambitions and solutions with every engagement, no matter how big or small the challenge!
|I’m inspired by Elizabeth Friedman who is widely recognised as America’s first female cryptanalyst.
She played an important role in codebreaking during World War II, however many people haven’t heard of her until files were declassified just over a decade ago.
During that time, her successes were not attributed to her and she faced a number of barriers associated with being a woman, yet she continued to contribute significantly to her field of expertise.
|The women that inspire me are my three sisters who are all key workers and risk their lives every single day, I’m so proud of them. Secondly are the women I work with, during the pandemic we’ve been having regular catch up and without these women I really don’t know what I would have done during this pandemic. I’m so honoured to have such amazing inspiring women in my life
|One of my favourite quotes: “from HER Kings are born”. An inspirational woman for 2021: Nodeep Kaur.
For context the largest protest in the world is taking place in India right now. The government passed 3 Farm bills, that Farmers believe will destroy their livelihood.
|Being a retained firefighter takes some commitment – add to that, that here in Hartley Wintney our firefighters are also first responders so help save lives and not just put out fires or attend road traffic accidents. Becky Wallis and Penny Ewbank made history last week when they were the first all-female crew attending a local heath fire – they have worked incredibly hard and achieved so much to break down the stereotypes that often exist. Ladies, I salute you!
|My next-door neighbour, Karen smith. Single mother of 2 young girls and springer spaniel, Buster. Also, an NHS key worker. The house is immaculate, the kids are immaculate, happy, polite and never miss school and Karen never misses a day at work and is always smiling and has time for a friendly hello. Young Buster gets the legs walked off him and a good ‘mud daddying’ every single day. Her energy is just boundless and I’m in awe of her.
Well done Karen Smith, you’re a star!
|Katie Piper; seeing the horror she suffered as a young girl is still enough to make me weep but seeing the way she came through it to become a strong and beautiful woman still makes me smile
|I’d like to give a shout out to my friend Katherine Griffith. Ten years ago Katherine, her husband Steve and two young children left the comfort of a middle class life to live in a mud brick hut and work in one of the poorest orphanages in Uganda. Three years ago Steve sadly died from Sepsis shortly after they had adopted one of the orphans into their own family. Katherine never wavered in her commitment to the children they cared for and continued to serve the children with strength, faith and courage. Katherine your sacrifice and passion for the poor inspire me.
#Equality #IWD2021 #equalopportunities