Women who inspire me
Many women have inspired me over the years, and I always admire empowered women who choose to shine even after all the storms they’ve been through. Ask yourself, who inspires you?
J. K. ROWLING
J.K. Rowling went from being a single mother living on benefits to being a multi-millionaire author in the space of a few years. After multiple rejections from publishers she finally secured a print run of 1,000 copies for her first book. Fast forward and the Harry Potter series has sold over 400 million copies, spawned a whole film franchise, and made reading cool again. She is a fantastic role model, and I love that she made her female characters strong, independent, and opinionated. She was the first writer to become a millionaire, however she actually fell off the Forbes list due to the amounts she continues to donate to charities. What an inspirational and humble woman, one who started with nothing, but who continued to chase her dreams, and more importantly, NEVER gave up.
Diana was an inspiration to people in all walks of life, and her death was met with worldwide mourning. Diana was a pioneer for women with profiles making a change in the world, and her acts of kindness cemented her legacy. She was instrumental in changing the perception of HIV, and also famously brought attention to Angola's landmines. She broke royal protocol and abandoned the wearing of gloves, as she valued direct contact with the people she met during public engagements, and felt that wearing hats prevented her from hugging children. She made regular visits to the London homeless centres, and no matter what was going on in the background, she remained a devoted mother. Another amazing and selfless woman, one who will never be forgotten, and whose legacy will always live on.
DAME KELLY HOLMES
Dame Kelly Holmes had an aspiration to become an Olympic champion but wow, she faced injury, illness, and was even diagnosed with clinical depression. After years of trying for Olympic Gold, her last chance came at the 2004 Games – a chance that was almost taken away from her by a leg injury. Despite suffering severe depression as a result of this, Kelly was able to battle through the injury through sheer determination, and ended up going above and beyond her wildest dreams by winning double Olympic gold in the 800m and 1500m, describing it as something she would “never ever forget”. On the eve of the 2008 Olympics she then founded the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust with a vision to get young lives on track using the unique skills of world class athletes to engage, enable, and empower.
Most of you will know Ellen DeGeneres as an American talk show host, but she is so much more! She gave up her dream to be a Veterinarian as she wasn’t book smart, and instead took various other jobs and worked her way up to where she is now, and in 2016 President Barack Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her kindness and compassion are remarkable, and in 2012 she teamed up with a company called Shutterfly to enable her to offer generous life-changing donations to those most in need. Over a thirteen year period, Ellen has donated an outstanding £50 million to various charities and individuals in need. She has used her fame as a platform to encourage human compassion and to support many charities. Ellen has won numerous awards for her charity work, as well as Grammy's, Golden Globes, and Emmy Awards. An unstoppable woman with a heart of gold.
In 1955 as an African American woman, Parks was legally obliged to give up her seat on a bus at the request of a white person, and this was something she was not prepared to do. Her courage to speak up and refuse the request sparked the civil rights movement in America, and her simple act of defiance changed the lives of millions of people. Known as the ‘”first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”, she will never be forgotten, and she became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She received national recognition including again, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and she sadly passed away in 2005. An amazing woman, one who wouldn’t be silenced, and upon her death, being the first woman to lie in honour in the US Capitol Rotunda.
If you feel inspired by any of these ladies, as I do, then take on board the self belief that anything is possible, and keep saying I CAN, and when you feel like saying it’s impossible, step back, take a look at that very word again, and instead say……. I’M POSSIBLE!