Today is International Women’s Day and high time we celebrated the many achievements of women – here, there and everywhere. Folk Features rounds up some positive messages for today and everyday
Carol Robinson is the Founder of One Of A Kind Club, an independent brand of handcrafted and curated feel-good jewellery:
My message is ‘Be Bold. Be You. You are fab’. And I’m also celebrating the seven-year-old returning to school!’
Lisa Redford has written and recorded a song especially for IWD, to be broadcast on Future Radio at 6pm this evening:
‘For International Women’s Day 2021 I’m thrilled to be part of a very exciting and creative collaborative radio broadcast.
I was among 30 female artists from across the country invited to write and record a brand new piece in under a day to be broadcast on community radio stations across the UK. This includes Future Radio in Norwich.’
Ellen Mary, of Gardening for wellbeing | Ellen Mary Gardening, is a vegan gardener, presenter and author of a new book called The Joy of Gardening:
‘Here are some flowers on International Women’s Day for each and every one of the women who inspire, create, make change, stand up, show up, push forward, smash it, educate, laugh, succeed, help, care, lead, be. Together you can make the world a better place.’
Michelle Gant, of the Engaging People Company:
‘Today – and every day – we can make a difference for other women. We can support, empower, encourage, and lend a helping hand to women so that they might fulfil their potential and ambitions, overcoming the challenges in their way. We can support all women to know: anything is possible.
This evening, with Gemma Brown Coaching, we’ll be talking about overcoming that pesky imposter syndrome, building confidence, finding self-belief, and freeing ambition at our special workshop. There are still some tickets available and all sales will go towards Women’s Aid.’
Emily Dye of Basicc Zero Waste helps people on their zero waste journey, serving Gorleston and surrounding areas:
‘I know so many confident, intelligent, powerful, strong, funny, beautiful, unapologetic, creative, fierce women.
We are so often underestimated, dismissed, misunderstood…but today is our day ladies. Let’s shout it from the rooftops.’
Best friends Kalaina Hughes and Anna Shell, of Hughes and Friend, are successfully combining event catering and floristry:
‘We get 90 per cent of our support from women, especially women who run small businesses. It’s thanks to their pearls of wisdom and guidance that we continue to work hard to make H&F a success, Also, a massive shout out to our mums and sisters who have been our hype team from the beginning. We love you!’
Vicki Harris, of From Suffolk With Love, planet conscious plastic free gift boxes:
‘I think the importance of supporting each other and the message that even if you don’t feel like you’re doing amazing things, you are still amazing.’
Sisters Georgina and Jessie Humphries of Baked by Humphries, who can be found at Sudbury market every Saturday:
‘To all of the fabulous women out there and to all of the amazing women we have lost along the way, happy International Women’s Day.
It’s ok to not know what you want to do and it’s ok to not know who you want to be. Surround yourself with people who build you up, people who make you excited for the day and week ahead, the ones who listen to your dreams and schemes and join in with your craziness and then be the same for them, too.
In the wise words of Stephanie Bennett-Henry, ‘Life is tough, my darling, but so are you’.’
Jo Klassen of Nudge Boutique, plant based products for hair and skin:
‘Knowing that my grandson walked straight in to school, without a hitch, I was able to turn my attention to International Women’s Day. I’ve been outlining ideas for social media posts that help redefine our thoughts about beauty in ageing and building up women’s self worth. Women juggle a million things in the day, constantly switching hats to help keep the world turning, We do so in a world that still has a long way to go in treating women with respect and dignity, and allowing her her rights.’
Steph Brown is co-founder and director of Wild Knight Distillery. She is organising ‘A Taste of East Anglia’ Virtual Tasting later this month:
‘During these really tough times, I believe it’s hugely important that we do all we can to help and support each other. And definitely today on International Woman’s Day.’
Kathy Webb, of soon-to-open The Hair and Wellbeing Stylist, is all about celebrating the individual styles and vibes of people over 40:
‘Sending so much love and thanks to all the amazing women I’ve been lucky enough to work, create, play and dance with over the last few years. Thank you for allowing open non-judgemental discussion, challenging me and for the uncontrolled hysterical laughter. The positive power of groups of women supporting women can’t be overestimated!’
Allison Holloway of WalknCraft, a creative and active group of women in Thetford:
‘Happy International Women’s Day to all the wonderful women across the globe.’
Laura Locke of WAMfest Felixstowe, a new festival for women in arts and music:
‘I think we should all celebrate the incredible women that have supported us, alive or dead, famous or not, and also provide great role models for young women growing up.’
Donna Tarr, of Norfolk’s Nordics, Nordic Walking health and fitness:
‘We can do anything.’