Which women have supported and inspired you?

As I am sure you are aware this Thursday (08 March) is International Women’s Day. From humble beginnings at the start of the last century, it is now a vast global event that has given rise to public holidays in many countries honouring and championing all women. It is a unique opportunity to not only showcase the achievements of women but also shed light on the inequalities and hardships still endured by too many women across the world.

International Women’s Day also affords us the opportunity to recognise the achievements of inspirational women who have had a profound effect on us in our own lives – I have no idea where I would be without my wonderful 90 year old granny.

My wonderful granny and me

I joined the Digital Comms & Knowledge Management Team at the LGA in December and I have been hugely fortunate to be a part of a team that is full of supportive women who immediately made me feel at home in my new role. Too often our gender is accused of having rejected any sense of female solidarity, particularly in the workplace; luckily my experience couldn’t be further from the truth. So here is a huge hurrah for some of my fantastic Digital Comms team colleagues on Knowledge Hub, Sarah Jennings, Liz Copeland, Sian Morgan, Helen Seymour, Rosanna Alam, Ciara Owen, Liz Popoola and Mariam Manneh (to name but a few).

It would be great to hear from others (men and women) about the women who have been a great support or help at work. Or perhaps a woman has helped you get started and find your way round Knowledge Hub – there has been a significant number of women who are very proactive in the Feedback group in offering advice to others for example.

I will try and showcase some of the best contributions.

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Former Member 10 Years Ago
Great blog! I think it's also very encouraging that we work in a team where women are given the opportunity to use and develop their technical skills. And it is refreshing to be in an environment where you are respected by colleagues to share your expertise and knowledge. If I was to choose, one of the greatest inspirations in my life has to be my mother. She is one of the strongest people I know and has always told me I can do anything I want to do if I put my mind to it!
Liz Copeland 10 Years Ago
Thanks for the blog Michelle and likewise I agree with you and Rosanna. We are extremely fortunate to have such supportive colleagues in the team - both male and female. So, thank you everyone! I know you've made me feel really welcome over the last 9 months. I also take a great inspiration from my Gran and from my Mum. Of course I love them both - they're both warm, generous, loving women. However I was thinking about what it is that makes me admire them too... And it's their courage through difficult times, their determination, their sense of what's right and their wisdom that I admire. I'm hoping even a little bit of all that might have been passed down to me!