Women Who Inspire Me


This year, International Women’s Day is asking us to Be Bold for Change – to take action and lead the way for a better, more equal future for women all over the world. Taking charge of our future doesn’t come easy and it doesn’t happen alone – but together we can make the world stand up and pay attention. Today, and every day, we thank the women who inspire us – the women who paved the way for us politically to get to where we are today, the women who taught us to colour outside the lines, and the women whose shoulders we have stood on throughout our lives.


Michelle Obama – for many, many reasons, one being her let girls learn campaign.


My friend Mairead is a shiny human that spreads happiness wherever she goes. Her resilient spirit, creativity and kindness are a huge inspiration to me.


My mother – she’s some woman for one woman. She’s the backbone of our family and the person we all turn to for any advice.


Oprah Winfrey – a woman who started from nothing and worked hard to become who she is today: a powerful, wealthy icon for women and girls everywhere.


My mam. She made me the person I am today and stuck with me through all the hard times.


My Mum inspires me. How she has balanced her incredibly successful career while endlessly caring for all our family is very inspiring to me.


A woman who sparked my imagination and inspired an entire generation to love reading is J.K. Rowling. She was a single mother, impoverished, and she still managed to push through and never gave up on her dreams. She proved that all it takes is one good idea, and a lot of determination.


My mother – she raised 3 children alone and if I turned out to be half as strong as her, I would be happy 🙂


My Grandmother. 80 years of age, recently cycled a bike down Venice Beach, LA; distinguished career as a Secondary School Principal (during a time when it was frowned upon for married women to work), part-time farmer, and all round superstar.  


Natalie Portman. A woman who always knows what she wants in life and never stopped challenging herself to achieve.


Katie Taylor. As a boxing fan it was extra special watching an Irish woman make the breakthrough for women’s boxing. She has achieved everything in the sport yet still remains humble and grounded which makes her the perfect role model for kids too.


My mother – she’s stronger and more independent than any man I know.


No, pulsars aren’t cars made in Japan, at least not originally, when they were discovered in 1967 by 24 year old Jocelyn Bell Burnell in the data from the radio telescope she helped build and operate. Pulsars are rotating neutron stars that emit pulses of radio waves and she found them. Pretty cool. As impressive as that is it’s her work with the Open University that inspires me – anyone can attend the OU, it’s open in fact as well as in name, and when I studied with the OU I met amazing people, determined to learn, despite everything in life being against them. People whose potential was an invisible dot lost in the blackness of space til Jocelyn and the OU showed us their light.


Sara Crewe from A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett – and all of the women, fictional or otherwise, who taught me to dream.


All the close women in my life inspire me.  We are all at different points in our lives but no matter what, we always look out for each other, we always cheer each other on when we are winning, cheer each other up when we are struggling, but most importantly always make time to laugh together.





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