Happy International Women’s Day!

For me, international women’s day has meant working. All female flight deck. All female cabin crew. All female airport team. I’m all for female solidarity but I would’ve prefered a day off to celebrate instead!

Women continually inspire me. With their voices, their ambition, their passions and just their downright badass-ness. Last year, was the year of the #girlboss and I was totally there for it.

Sadly, I feel there is a lot of women hating on other women. Instead of lifting each other up, we try to knock each other down. Instead of being sisters, we’re too often enemies. I’m all for feminism and equality but if we don’t support each other first then we’re not a united front. We should be respectful of other women and continually support their achievements. Just because someone else has a sparkling crown doesn’t make ours shine any less. The sun and the moon both shine when it’s their time.

For this reason, to celebrate international women’s day, I thought I would share just some of the women who have inspired me so far in 2018.

Louise Pentland

This year, Louise (known for her sprinkleofglitter Youtube channel) gave birth to baby Pearl. I’ve found her honesty through postpartum so refreshing. Whilst I’m not yet a mother myself, I’m aware of how lonely it can sometimes be. I think it’s amazing that she is putting herself out there letting people know it’s ok to feel like this and they’re not alone. I was also inspired by her latest, hilarious video of her proposal. She wanted a ring but doesn’t need a man to give it to her, even though she is in a loving relationship, so she just went out and got it herself.

Abbey Louisa Rose

If you’re not already a follower of Abbey, you should be because she is an incredible blogger. Abbey is currently studying for a PhD and her ambition is incredible. She has such a passion for her subject that it just shines through her writing. A PhD is such a commitment. Too many people lack ambition and drive these days so it is so refreshing to encounter people who really value their education and want to further it. You should definitely read her post about being a PhD student.

Kylie Jenner

So King Kylie often gets a bad rep, especially after the whole ‘year of realising stuff’. I’ve always been a fan of the Kardashians and Jenner’s, I think they’re hilarious but I’ve never really linked them to amazing inspirational people even if they are all great business women. However, Kylie’s attitude towards her pregnancy and daughter was so beautiful. Rather than fighting for the limelight, she knew it wasn’t right for her and her daughter so she stayed out of it.

Zoe Sugg

A lot of bloggers sadly bash Zoella and whilst yes, I can see their point of view in some lights, no one is perfect. I’ve been a follower of Zoe since 2013 and have constantly loved her work. I love her openness about mental health and anxiety, I know she has inspired a lot of people, especially teenagers who need it more than anyone. I think she is a fantastic businesswomen, she knows what she wants and she goes and gets it, I love that she’s now vlogging more of the business side of things. I honestly think she is a great role model.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah has such a powerful and influential voice. She is not shy to make it heard and proudly speaks on important issues. She sheds an honest light on current affairs that too many others in the same position are afraid to share. She also has a shed ton of money but she uses it for good. She is a constant charity giver and a strong campaigner. Oprah ultimately uses her power, money and influence for good and a lot of celebrities could learn from her.

Chrissy Teigen

I honestly have no idea about Chrissy’s work, all I know of her is from her social media. Regardless of her fame and wealth, she is always real and relatable. She provides honest accounts of her own experiences and always supports other women. She is also always quick to shame anyone disrespectful and she always speaks her mind.

Anna Saccone

Not only is Anna a great family woman, she is also an influential voice. A lot of women experience eating disorders in their lives and many are ashamed. No one should feel ashamed. Women should either be proud of overcoming this or feel comfortable enough to seek help. Anna has been so open about her own experience which I think is really great for women who do need help. It always feels better when you know you’re not alone and you know that things can be resolved. We’re getting better at talking about mental health but eating disorders are one of the aspects that quite often get left behind. This is one of the conversations we need in the world.

Rochelle Fox

Whichever platform you may follow Rochelle on, you will know how relatable she is. Rochelle is very open about her past, her PTSD and her progression. The main thing which has helped in her life is meditation. She is very real when she discusses meditation and her journey. Rather than a lot of hippy dippy bullshit, she’s realistic which makes it so much easier to get on board with.

The fighters

The women who continue to fight for equality. The women who continue to fight for ours rights. The women who are currently fighting for gun control. The women who fight for cures. The women who fight as part of #MeToo. The women who fight for what is right. The women who fight for what they believe in.

The dreamers

The women who dream of a better tomorrow. The women who dream of an equal world. The women who dream of what they want from life. Most importantly, the women who confront their dreams head on and do something about them.

My mum

Since the day I was born until the day I die, the most inspirational woman in my life has always been and will always be my mum. She helped shape me into the woman I am today and I will be forever grateful. She has been through so much in her life and she has never once complained or felt like it’s unfair. She is full of strength and she is full of grace. She is honest, she is kindhearted, she is humble and she is nurturing. She is my best friend and an undying inspiration in my life.

So here’s to us. To me. To you. To women. To the voices. To the fighters. To the dreamers. To my mum.

Steph x

This blog post is not sponsored or endorsed in any way. All opinions are my own and just that: opinions.


16 thoughts on “THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE ME IN 2018

  1. Sparkyjen says:

    Nice list! You gave the women I am familiar with, and those I’m not, a wonderful write-up. The paragraph describing your Mum was super fantastic. She reminds me of my beloved foster mother Helen Ruth Barbour. Helen Ruth helped me to grow some balls. And I will always love her for being confident, courageous, loving, honest, full of integrity, and for making the best laughter sounds on the planet.

    May women learn how wonderful it feels to really love themselves and their female sisters!

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  2. Julia says:

    Love that you included Anna in this post. I think she seems like a great mother as well and I love that she’s keeping the conversation going with eating disorders because so many people feel shame when it comes to that topic.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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  3. _findingkate_ says:

    I love this post! It’s been so amazing seeing so many women celebrating other women and reading everyone’s posts on it! I absolutely love International Women’s Day and all it stands for. This post is such a lovely celebration of amazing women!
    Kate x

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  4. Abbey says:

    What wise words you’ve kicked off this post with, Steph! “Just because someone else has a sparkling crown doesn’t make ours shine any less. The sun and the moon both shine when it’s their time.” resonates with me so much, you’re absolutely right that someone else’s success in no way diminishes yours – everyone has their moment and dragging others down will not mean that your time comes around any sooner! I honestly don’t know what to say at being included in this list with some truly sensational women – THANK YOU! You’ve been a huge supporter of me and my blog for ages now and it doesn’t go unnoticed, I’m so incredibly grateful! Chrissy Teigen is a titan in my opinion too, her relatability despite her fame and her sass at standing up for what she believes in is truly applaudable! Thank you again for your kind words, you’re amazing ❤️

    Abbey x

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