by Elizabeth Farry | 8 March 2015
Since 1911, International Women's Day has been celebrated on 8th March all around the world. This day marks the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations around the world identify their own International Women's Day theme, specific to their context and interests. The UN, Oxfam, Women for Women and many more, celebrate this day by running exciting, powerful campaigns and events that raise awareness to encourage donations for good causes.
From 1908, the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Great Britain adopted the colour scheme of purple, white and green. Purple symbolises justice and dignity - two values strongly associated with women's equality.
I asked around the office who people thought were great female influences, and we came up with the following powerful women:
1. Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and suffered serious injuries by the hands of the Taliban, for fighting for women's and children's rights. She is the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate and in 2013 she was featured in the Time Magazine as one of 'The 100 Most Influential People in the World'.
2. JK Rowling is the creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, one of the most popular book and film franchises in history. As a single mother living in Edinburgh, Rowling became an international literary sensation in 1999, and is now Britain's 13th wealthiest woman.
3. Harriet Green, OBE, is a British business woman who was CEO of the Thomas Cook Group from 2012 to 2014. Harriet is widely credited with saving the travel agent, and altering how employees and the city felt about the business.
4.Debra Neeham is an investor and a UK successful business woman who is the owner of a multi-million family holiday and amusements business. She is also famous for her appearances on the well-known television show 'Dragon's Den'.
I was quite surprised with the range of people who we came up with. Who do you think is a powerful women?
You can start supporting International Women's Day by running an event celebrating women to raise awareness for gender equality, participate in local activities and campaigns and wear purple clothing.
Let me know in the comments below, what you think defines a successful and powerful women...whatever you do - celebrate women!