International Women’s Day 2018

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.

From amateur athletes to Olympic champions, from singer song writers, novelists and poets to politicians and astronauts, actors, opera singers and pioneering aviators  – you don’t have to dig too deep or look too far to come across a famous Yorkshire woman being celebrated for their achievements either at home or abroad; Yorkshire women have certainly been flying the flag for the girls for literally hundreds of years.

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

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.

There’s a chance to champion your own local heroes at the 32nd Sue Ryder Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards 2018 in celebration of the wonderful achievements of incredible women from across Yorkshire.

Getting involved in the voting process is simple – there are 8 award categories for:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Community Impact
  • Courage
  • Education
  • Science and Technology
  • Sport
  • Young Achiever
  • Sue Ryder Outstanding Contribution Award

One exceptional woman is also recognised in this awards ceremony and receives the Yorkshire Rose.

We’re very proud to be working alongside many inspirational women at Uniquely Local. Find out more about our awe-inspiring partners and their businesses…

We’re very proud to know and support these incredible women!