To mark IWD here’s a list of eight fabulous women throughout history who evoke fascination and admiration in me. I could go on, but we’re all busy. Happy International Women’s Day – whatever your gender.
Boudica – Iceni warrior queen, she gave the Romans a run for their money and stuck two fingers up at Nero.
Elizabeth I – ‘Though I have the body of a weak and female woman… ’ Hahaha. Say no more.
Emmeline Pankhurst – the vote, ladies?
Marie Stopes – birth control pioneer and revolutionary she liberated women from the tyranny of unplanned pregnancies.
Amelia Earhart – first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic solo. Bold and stylish her mysterious disappearance only adds to her allure.
Violette Szarbo – SOE agent during WWII, she went into occupied France not once, but twice. Eventually captured by the Gestapo, she was tortured and shot, without divulging any information.
Barbara Castle – forget Mrs Thatcher, Babs, the Blackburn Baroness, was the original Iron Lady.
Helena Kennedy QC – has spent her professional life giving voice to those with least power, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights.