International Women's Day
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
I've been using today to reflect on all the strong, independent and incredible women that are in my life; and the countless ways in which they have shaped me as a person.
I only wish I had time to write about all of them. But I hope that they know how grateful I am for all the things they have taught, and continue to teach me, about what it means to be a woman.
Rather than tell you about the famous figures who have inspired me. I thought I would take the chance to say thank you to three particularly important women in my life, who together span three generations.
I might as well begin with the girl that has been there from Day 1
To my twin, best friend and lifelong partner in crime, thank you for always fighting my corner and for showing me how to be a better version of myself.
If the 'This Girl Can' campaign was to be summed up in a person, Tabitha it would be you. From tearing up the piste on your snowboard, to killing it on the rugby pitch; you've re-written the rule book on what it means to be a girl.
Though your hobbies set you apart, it is your generosity and selflessness that truly inspire me. The kindness you show to those around you is unlimited. And is something we could all learn from.
Now to the woman that brought me into this world.
It's difficult to know where to begin. But I think I should start by saying how proud I am to be your daughter.
I know at times you've found being a working mum lonely and difficult but I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you.
Thank you for never letting me doubt my self-worth. Thank you for inspiring me every day with your compassion and love. Thank you for showing me that women can be just as successful as men. Thank you for teaching me that being independent is not the same as being alone, and that strength and emotion go hand in hand. Thank you for introducing me to incredible women. And thank you for our late-night conversations about feminism and how best to break the glass ceiling.
Lastly, on a day when we reflect on the power of incredible women both past and present, I think it's only right that I say thank you to my grandma, or as our family called her, Marna.
If I have one regret it's that I never properly told you how much you inspired me.
You lived your life with such grace and strength. Always seeing the beauty in the people and the world around you.
Your stories about a childhood spent in India, adventures in Scotland, and time in the Army sparked my imagination as a child. And showed me that the world was a place to be discovered and explored. Your love of cars and the way you handled 4 sons and 9 grandchildren made it clear that you were a force to be reckoned with!
Your elegance and dignity were an inspiration to all who knew you. And your kindness touched the hearts of so many.
So here's to strong women.
May we know them.
May we be them.
May we raise them.