With International Women’s day coming up next month on the 8 March, and this year’s theme of #pressforprogress – a call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity – we thought we’d tie our February blogs together with something that is close to our hearts here at Uniquely Local, and have a little look at the wealth of home-grown inspirational women (and Mums) who have been leading the charge in their own way from Gods Own County.
One of my favourite recent accounts of a group of inspirational women is the achievement of the four forty-something Yorkshire Mums who rowed 3000 miles across the Atlantic last year to become world record holders as the oldest women’s crew ever to have ever rowed the Atlantic! It took them only 67 days, five hours and two minutes to make the crossing. Learn more about these ladies here http://www.yorkshirerows.com/
But for me, the depth of their achievement is measured by the context of the individuals involved as well as the personal challenges they overcame along the way. For the long and short of it is that they are normal, everyday people – women, Mums, just like we are, juggling busy work and family lives, yet this didn’t stop them and they made it happen and took on a challenge that became an adventure of a lifetime. And to me, that’s totally inspirational and 100% worth celebrating.
“If you want to change your life, you can,” says Frances Davies. “Just because you are a parent and a wife and you work, you can still have an adventure. Life is risky, but it’s worth taking risks”.
(Frances Davies – Four women in a boat)
Another inspirational Yorkshire woman I’d like to mention here, who’s legacy continues to inspire tens of thousands of us year after year is Jane Tomlinson; no doubt you know of her incredible story. Despite suffering from terminal cancer she raised £1.8 million for children’s and cancer charities through a series of incredible endurance feats. Jane became the first person with terminal cancer to finish the London Marathon in 2002. But she went on to complete even tougher challenges – triathlons and iron men contests, a cycle ride from Rome to Leeds, and, her last epic adventure, a 4,000 mile bike ride across the width of the USA.
Jane took part in many of these challenges whilst undergoing gruelling chemotherapy treatment and was often in immense pain. She refused, however, to be defined by her cancer and would not give in.
Her story is simply incredible and something which we can all take inspiration from.
The Jane Tomlinson Run For All events are starting over the next few months so look out for news and information around the ever growing number of events surrounding the amazing Jane Tomlinson appeal.