International Women’s Day 2018

For International Women’s Day 2018, the Cultural Comms team celebrates some of the most phenomenal women from around the globe. From sportswomen and human rights activists, to politicians and members of the Royal Family, these women are the epitome of excellence. Find out why we admire them…


Kelly Kerruish admires…Serena Williams

“Not only is she the most successful female tennis player of all time, with a total of 23 grand slam titles, but she won one of those whilst three months pregnant. I also can’t help but admire her humility, grace and courage when faced with prejudice about her race, background, body shape and style. At 37 having just had a baby she is still determined to return to the world stage, challenging all preconceptions about what women can and can’t do once they’ve had children and reached a certain age. She’s an absolute heroine.”


Charlotte Heath-Bullock admires…Angela Markel

“She’s an outstanding statesman and an example of what leadership should look like. Her decision making is considered and never rushed and she doesn’t stray from her primary strategy of keeping the EU together and Germany at its forefront. Other political leaders could and should learn from her”


Nina Plowman admires…Queen Elizabeth

“Her Majesty The Queen is the ultimate woman and epitomises great female leadership. She embodies everything it means to be graceful, elegant and yet strong. As the longest serving monarch she has presided over some of the most tumultuous times the country has ever seen. Her courage to forsake personal interests; her compassion for others and her people; her boldness through unwavering dignity (not to mention the risk-taking colours she wears) are a mark of an inspirational woman that has changed the course of history in her leadership”


Hannah Mensah-Kane admires…Maya Angelou

“I nominate Maya Angelou, American Poet and Civil Rights Activist, whose work I grew up studying, including the notable “Why the Caged Bird Sings”. She has published seven autobiographies, an endless number of poetry books and has received dozens of awards, as well as over 50 honorary degrees, for her outstanding work.  In 1993 she recited her poem “On the pulse of morning” at Bill Clinton’s inauguration. She’s recognised as a true symbol of resilience. She didn’t just survive the significant trauma of her early life, but made something truly magnificent of that life. My favourite quote from her is: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.””

Rower Dame Katherine Grainger after she was made a Dame Commander by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 7, 2017. The sportswoman, who was made a Dame in the New Year's Honours List, became the country's most-decorated female Olympic athlete during the Rio Games. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Alix Turpin admires…Dame Katherine Grainger

“For me, she is one of the most inspirational female athletes in the world. I saw Kath row at the 2006 World Championships, which inspired me to take up the sport myself. Not only is she an accomplished sportswoman, Kath holds a PhD in criminology, she is a chancellor at Oxford Brookes university, Chair of UK Sport and a Dame of the British Empire. My favourite quote from her is: Until we crossed the line I didn’t let myself believe it and then you see and you hear 30,000 people with all their Union Jacks. The roar and reaction from everyone when we crossed the line was immense. We just knew what we’d done”


Georgina Farley admires…Cathy Freeman

“She was the first Australian Indigenous person to become a Commonwealth Games gold medallist at just age 16. She went on to win Gold in the 400m at the Sydney Olympics, and her personal best of 48.63 still ranks her as the sixth fastest woman of all time over that distance. She was an inspiration to everyone training in athletics at the time, and has since founded the Cathy Freeman Foundation which works in some of Australia’s most remote communities to ensure that Indigenous youth are afforded the same opportunities as all young people across the country”