Happy International Women's Day! I ain't gonna lie, it's one of my favourite days of the year. Ladies celebrating ladies; it's second only to Galentine's Day.
I love International Women's Day. I love the efforts of women all over the globe to fight for equality and to cheer one another in anything and everything they do. I love it! My co-Acting Editor, Holly, has already written a wonderful piece on kick-ass women behind our favourite brands (and if you haven't read it, you should), and now it's my turn.
In honour of International Women's Day, here are 10 women in and around my life who I think are kicking some serious ass.
Nixalina Watson & Holly EarpI couldn't write a post celebrating women without applauding the efforts of my two incredible co-workers. Nixalina is our Editor-in-Chief, founder and all round kick-ass woman. She built S&LC up to what it is today; where we have the freedom to write whatever we want and have people approaching us to work together. Holly is Acting Editor alongside myself, and is doing amazingly well. Because I am geographically challenged (I live in the North) she attends as many London-based events as she can, and she does amazing write-ups to go along with them. Happy Women's Day, ladies. You rock!
Angelica Malin & Alicia GrimshawPeople in my day job will attest to my little fangirl moment when Angelica Malin followed me on Twitter. I'd been a reader of About Time Magazine for a long time, and it was just a good moment - yes, I'm sad. Angelica and Alicia are the Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Editor, respectively, of About Time Magazine. If you haven't read AT yet, you should. They explore London and write about the incredible food, drink, events and fitness classes that they come across in our capital, and write about it in a genuine style that you don't come across often enough. The Editor's letters are also a source of true inspiration.; just ask the entire Twitter-sphere.
Hayley SmithI've worked with Hayley a few times in my "day job", and she's awesome. She runs Boxed Out PR, and if that wasn't enough, she's also a TEDx Speaker, she was recognised by Elle Magazine in their '23 Female Entrepreneurs Under 30' and she also runs Flow Aid; an active campaign that works to make sanitary products free to homeless women. Need I say more? She's incredible.
Rachael Purnell & Naomi NashA couple of weeks ago, I went to the launch of Innocent Sex Toys at Cirque Burlesque Club in Manchester. Not only was it a delightful venue and a lovely event, I got to meet and speak to Rachael and Naomi, two entrepreneurs with a vision to make sex toys high-class, high-quality and as bespoke as possible. Women who are passionate about sex is what we're all about here at S&LC, so why wouldn't we celebrate what these two ladies are doing? Who do it while looking incredibly classy and sophisticated on the way, may I add.
Laura BatesIf you haven't heard of Laura Bates, then you have definitely been living under a rock. Laura is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project; its purpose is to allow a free space for women from all over world to catalogue the instances of sexism that occur on a daily basis. From catcalls and workplace incidents to more serious occurrences of assault, the project has taken off and reached all four corners of the world and has highlighted a very real problem that many people claim does not exist. Laura has kickstarted something amazing, and I hope she continues.
Nicola & Ash DooleyOk, I'm going to get soppy, are you ready? These two ladies haven't launched a business or are in the spotlight, but they're certainly worth a shout-out in a piece that I write, as they're my mum and sister. I've learned a lot about my mum over the past year or so, and it's only made my respect and love for her grown more than I ever thought it could. My sister is only 19 but she is wise beyond her years. She's also unapologetically herself at all times. She's good for a laugh and she's good for some pretty sage advice at times. After recent times, I have no idea what I would do without them both.
Who are some awesome ladies in and around your life?