International Women’s Day – GLOSSYBOX Female Inspirations

Happy International Women’s Day Glossies! This day is all about celebrating females greatness and providing awareness for everything they achieve or fight to achieve. This year has been a huge year for female rights with the #MeToo & #TimesUp movements against sexual assault and the growing awareness of the gender pay gap.

At GLOSSYBOX, we thought what better way to celebrate #GIRLPOWER than to reflect on who each of our female inspirations are and why?

Emmeline Pankhurst & The Suffragettes

It’s shocking to think that females once didn’t have the right to vote in British politics. Therefore how could we not include the founder of The Suffragette’s, Emmeline Pankhurst in this list. She fought passionately for the right for women to vote in elections until she died at the age of 69, shortly before women were given the right to vote. This year, we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act that granted the vote to women over the age of 30 who qualified. And the rest is history!

“She was such a fearless and powerful leader for women! We would not be where we are today without the work of The Suffragettes” – Lydia, Beauty Editor

Karren Brady CBE

Book nerd alert! I blooming love a good read and as we kick off a new year I’m all about the motivation to see us through… On the blog I’ve recommended five recent reads which will definitely give your career or business venture the boost it may need, including this gem from Mrs Apprentice herself. Have a looksie and let me know what others you’ve been loving! . . . . . . . . . . . . #lbqinsta #creative_minimalism #byarrangement #mypastelworld #pinkspiration #makeyousmilestyle #flashesofdelight #livecolorfully #abmlifeiscolorful #abmhappylife #pursuepretty #petitejoys #lovelysquares #dslooking #colorcolourproject #thatcolorproject #thenativecreative #myunicornlife #darlingmovement #thehappynow #inspirationiscolour

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Many of us will know this successful business woman from being Alan Sugar’s aid on BBC One’s ‘The Apprentice’. Baroness Karren Brady of Knightsbridge CBE, has proven that this certainly isn’t a man’s world. She is currently known as “the first lady of football” being the vice-chairman of Premier League club West Ham United, that is worth £800m. Starting her career in advertising with Saatchi & Saatchi, she soon moved to LBC where she met David Sullivan, owner of The Daily Sport. He was so impressed that he offered her a position in his company becoming director at 20 years old. Soon after she was appointed Managing Director of Birmingham City FC (owned by Sullivan) at only 23, being the youngest managing director of a UK public limited company. Her book Strong Woman: The Truth About Getting to the Top is a Sunday Times Bestseller and is titled a must-read for women and she is also the Senior Non-Executive Director of Syco Entertainment and Taveta Investments, who own global brands including Topshop.

“I’m privileged to work with a group of highly talented, ambitious women here at GLOSSYBOX and I believe Karren Brady is extremely inspirational for women in business. Her professionalism and conduct, as seen on The Apprentice, is second to none.” – Andy, Head of Glossybox UK

Jessica Ennis-Hill

My gorgeous girl ?

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It’s hard not to be inspired by 32 year old Olympic gold medallist, Jessica Ennis-Hill. What makes Jessica have an impact is that she’s so relatable, minus the gold medals. She’s always voiced that she was never the kind of girl to get straight A’s in school, she worked hard to get to where she is and she’s always very honest with the public about her struggles. She is a well known advocate for promoting a healthy body image for young girls and women.

“It’s amazing to see a mother of two have such an amazing career being an inspiration to women, keeping busy with her profession and still managing to spend a lot of time with her family.” – Deepa, UK Communications Manager

Meryl Streep

MERYL! #Oscars @gettyentertainment

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When starting her career, Meryl Streep was told she was “too ugly” to be in the blockbuster ‘King Kong’. The actress said this experience was “a pivotal moment for me. This one rogue opinion could derail my dreams of becoming an actress or force me to pull myself up by the boot straps and believe in myself. I took a deep breath and said ‘I’m sorry you think I’m too ugly for your film but you’re just one opinion in a sea of thousands and I’m off to find a kinder tide.” Now, Meryl Streep has 18 academy awards and tends to be cast in a film every year. Plus, she recently played fellow inspiration Emmeline Pankhurst in the film, Suffragette!

“Meryl Streep is considered the greatest living actress yet she still faces the challenges of not receiving the same pay as male actors and still experiences sexism in the acting industry! She’s worked so hard to get on the level she’s at and it’s so motivating.” – Amy, Brand Manager

Michelle Obama

The First Lady who will go down in history! You can’t argue against Michelle Obama being an absolutely amazing woman. Although she is no longer FLOTUS she still continues to work on the female education initiative she created, Let Girls Learn, to champion healthy living that’s about more than just what you eat. Michelle’s commitment to creating equality in race, gender, class, and everything in between is extraordinary and she had a huge impact on the younger generation of America.

“Being the first black First Lady meant Michelle Obama faced her own challenges but supporting women and their education was a constant part of her time in the White House. She is a feminist icon and stands by the quote that there is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Amy, E-Commerce Manager

Emma Watson

The Harry Potter & Beauty and the Beast actress is far more than ‘just an actress’. For years, Emma Watson has spoken out about the importance of gender equality and women’s rights. This year she has been one of the leaders for the #TimesUp movement across Hollywood, she participates in multiple protests for what she believes in and gives some incredibly empowering speeches that motivate the generations to take action in feminism.

“Alongside being an incredibly successful actress, she is so passionate about fighting for gender equality. So many young women look up to her and it’s amazing to see her projecting a positive message out to her fans!” – Fran, Marketing Manager

Holly Willoughby

We’re all familiar with Holly Willoughby here in the UK, whether you’ve caught her late night on Celebrity Juice or on This Morning. As a mother of three, it’s amazing how she manages to keep her schedule so busy, her career successful and still spend so much time with her children. She always has a stunning wardrobe and always manages to make the UK giggle with her and Phillip Schofield’s funny moments on This Morning.

“She just seems so down to earth. She does live TV every morning which is quite a pressure but she always manages to have a laugh and make time for her family!” – Sarah, Social Media Executive


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Who run the world? Queen B! Superstar Beyoncé is always viewed as one of the most powerful women in the world. To list a few things she’s achieved over the past few years; last year, she was placed as the 50th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, the Formation World Tour grossed a quarter of a billion dollars AND she gave birth to twins, making her the mother of 3.

“She is powerful, sassy and all about female empowerment. Her songs say it all!” – Lucy, Campaign Manager

Ellen DeGeneres

@Adaripp is as fearless in his life as he is on the ice.

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Comedian, television host, actress, writer, producer and LGBT activist. You name it, she’s done it! She has increased awareness for the LGBT community throughout her career, breaking the news when she came out to the American public through her sitcom ‘Ellen’ in 1997. Her daytime talk show has been on air for 15 years and through this show she regularly works to help minorities, do gooders, the less fortunate and teenagers struggling to fund college. In 2016, Ellen recieved the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama for all her activist work.

“She always manages to make people happy! I watch clips of her talk show on YouTube all the time and it’s so refreshing to see her constantly helping minorities and the less fortunate but with a positive attitude and sometimes a comic twist.” – Alice, Social Media & Content Executive

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Lydia Woodward

Lydia Woodward

The Queen Of Curls

I am always searching for future trends - beauty, fashion, hair, you name it! I’ve tried every foundation under the sun and love trying up-and-coming makeup brands to compare them with the big names. Variety is the spice of life and my makeup bag is definitely wide-ranging.