Happy International Women’s Day!
International Women’s Day is a chance to acknowledge the kick-arse women who inspire, protect and support us. The ones who light a fire under us, and encourage us to ahead to the possibilities of the future.
Salma Hayek said this week: “I am a feminist because a lot of amazing women have made me the woman I am today. I am inspired by women every day, as friends and as colleagues.”
So this week, we asked the Mamamia office: “Who inspires you? Who do you want to thank for making you the woman you are today?”
Many of us have been inspired by our mothers. For their bravery, their tirelessness and their kindness. For the fact that sometimes they had to make difficult choices, and for the fact that they made them with our best interests at heart.
My mum is truly the most amazing woman I know: she had a successful career in which she lead and mentored a large team, she was a supportive and tireless mother, and I always knew she would love me no matter what. She is never cruel, and always kind and open to every single person she meets – I think this is a real skill. She didn’t take my dad’s name at a time when that wasn’t the ‘done’ thing and she has never been anything but true to herself. I’m biased but I truly think she pretty bloody amazing. She makes me want to be a harder worker, a kinder person and a stronger woman.
When my parents separated my mum moved us to a new town, 5 hours away, where she new no one and had no job. It was the bravest thing she’s ever done and I am so grateful to her because it gave me opportunities I never would have had if I stayed where I was. She managed to start a new life from scratch and I truly believe I wouldn’t be where I am today without her making that decision
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Others also found their inspiration in their own home – but this time from their sisters. We’ve been inspired by our sisters for their feminism, and the way they’ve opened our eyes to sexism and inequality.