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Women's History Month: Inspiring Women


Women's History Month is a phenomenon which has taken place since 2011, which marked the centenary of the annual International Women's Day celebration on 8 March. The month was established by former US President, Barrack Obama, and is a celebration and recognition of the considerable strides which have been taken in the advancement towards gender equality, as well as a reminder of the work that still needs to be done with regards to equal rights for women.

Women who inspire us 

The theme for this years International Women's Day is #BeBoldForChange, and that is something which we are wholly supportive of in The Dickson Poon School of Law. To celebrate this, we've launched a visual project reflecting on the bold and brilliant women who have inspired our staff and students, of which some examples are below.

Tell us who inspires you - #IWDLaw

We're asking all members of the School to celebrate International Women's Day by posting an image of a famous woman who inspires them, to either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, with the hashtag #IWDLaw. Alongside this image, tell us why this woman has inspired you, and, if you can, provide a short quote from or about your chosen inspiration, to share with others why you think it's so important that she's recognised.

We'll be asking students and staff to do this across International Women's Day, and the rest of Women's History Month as well (the whole of March). Once we've seen your posts, we'll draw these together into a collage (like the one above) to keep within the School, so that we can recognise the achievements and impact of some of these women all year round.

If you have any questions about how to submit an entry, or any ideas about how to make projects like this even better, contact Jack Kilker, School Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator. 

Professor Elaine PlayerElaine Player, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

There have been so many inspirational women throughout history, picking just one is an impossible task.  But I find a particular quote by Anais Nin tremendously empowering and another, from Malala Yousafzai, which reflects the courageousness of one exceptional young woman.

Anais Nin by Elsa Dorfman'Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.'      

- Anais Nin                        

malala-yousafzai_140x180'Extremists have shown what frightens them most: A girl with a book'.

- Malala Yousafzai

Daniel RobsonDaniel Robson, Student Experience & Engagement Manager

My female inspiration is Madonna. I have always been a fan of her music and overall artistry, but I believe her plight as a female and celebrity have pushed boundaries and forced people to see culture differently. People have, throughout her career, considered Madonna a threat because of her daringness to use her sexuality to challenge the status quo. I think in doing so she has enabled women (and definitely gay men) to think, behave...'express themselves', in ways that they previously felt they couldn't or shouldn't do.


Madonna on her Blonde Ambition Tour

'People say that I am so controversial...but I think the most controversial thing I've ever done is stick around.'

- Madonna

Delphine Pejchert, Senior Assessments Officer

I have chosen Bea Johnson as a woman I find inspiring. She is a full-time working mother of two who took it upon herself to find a solution to waste and pollution where the task usually seems impossible and discouraging. She has challenged preconceptions over lifestyle choices and her book, Zero Waste Home, has been translated in various languages.

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'Refuse what you do not need; reduce what you do need; reuse what you consume.'

- Bea Johnson




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