The dawn of the 20th century was a radical and frightening time of social change, and underground debates were causing unrest amongst the world’s female population, who were feeling increasingly oppressed yet more and more enlightened. In 1908 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. The movement spurred a wave of excitement around the world, and in 1910, International Women’s Day was born.
The idea was that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day to highlight the women’s cause and to end discrimination.
Since its birth from within socialist roots, IWD has become an apolitical day of recognition and celebration across the world, and is now an official state holiday in over 20 countries, where men traditionally use the day to honour their mothers, wives and daughters with flowers, gifts, love and respect!
With the ultimate aim of ensuring and safeguarding an equal and safe world for girls and women, #IWD has witnessed greater equality in legislative rights for women and more women in the boardroom since its inception, and with female astronauts and prime ministers, young girls have much to aspire to.
Speakers Corner has a rich and varied catalogue of brilliant, brave and innovative women who have, in their own ways, made a difference in the world. From entrepreneurs to sporting icons, from smart thinkers to technology visionaries, adventurers and comedians, here are some of our favourite women who have made their mark, and the reasons we (and our clients!) love them:
• Farrah Storr : Farrah Storr is the editor-in-chief of Elle UK, and was also the multi-award winning editor-in-chief behind both Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health, seeing unprecedented success under her tenure
• Anne-Marie Imafidon : Founder of Stemettes, Anne-Marie Imafidon has always been interested in business, maths and technology and is a true advocate of women in STEM industries
• Stella Rimington : Former Director of the Security Services (MI5), Dame Stella Rimington reached the pinnacle of a male dominated world and shares her success story and covert anecdotes enthralling all who have the pleasure of hearing her speak
• Pippa Malgrim : The presedential advisor to George Bush and founder of the DPRM Group, Pippa is an expert in helping audiences to understand the investment risks we can't see, such as politics, policy and economics
• Deborah Meaden : Best known for her role on Dragons' Den, Deborah Meaden is a highly successful businesswomen and entreprenuer who launched her own glass and ceramics export company straight out of business college
• Mary Portas : The UK's leading authority on retail and branding, Mary Portas truly is the Queen of Shops and is known for her upfront honesty and clear professional advice on marketing, branding and consumer advice, and shares her experiences of the alpha male culture in business
• Karen Blackett : The former CEO and current Chairwoman of MediaCom, and avid champion of diversity, Karen Blackett has been consistently delivering business growth and success during her 22-year career in media
• Erin Brockovich : Standing up for what she belives in, Erin's solo investigation and subsequent setting up of her own consultancy firm, Brokovich Research and Consulting, makes her an ideal motivational and inspirational speaker, as she tells her story of how she blew the whistle on the Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California in 1993
• Malala Yousafazi : Malala became a global advocate for the millions of girls being denied a formal education because of social, economic, legal and political factors and started the Malala Fund to bring awareness to the social and economic impact of girls’ education and to empower girls to raise their voices, to unlock their potential, and to demand change
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