International Women's Day
International Women's Day is celebrated on 8 March every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women's rights.
The International Women's Day 2019 campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. How will you help make a difference?
At Allerton Grange, our aims, ethos and values include working together to achieve our full potential, with the expectation that every student aspires to be the best they can be. We also expect all members of the school community to show respect for one another and to conduct themselves in a safe and well-behaved manner.
With this in mind, here is a selection of inspirational women chosen by Allerton Grange staff.
Ms Child (Assistant Headteacher) chose Helen Keller
Helen Keller is inspirational because she achieved despite all the odds being stacked against her. She shows that no matter what our limitations, we can reach beyond them. We don’t need to conform to society’s expectations of us, we can become whatever we choose to be. As she put it: "Life is either a great adventure or nothing."
Mr Donlon (Assistant Headteacher) chose Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa was the most amazing inspirational woman. She devoted her life to serving and helping others - poor and sick people who had nobody else to whom they could turn for help. Such selflessness is truly remarkable.
Mr Dutton-Taylor (Curriculum Leader for Social Science) chose Siouxsie Sioux
As a teenage boy in the late ‘70s, the first Album I ever bought was “Scream” by Siouxsie and the Banshees. As a moody teenager, lying on my bed, listening to this album was pivotal in switching me on to “alternative” music and other Anti Establishment ideals.
Siouxsie herself was unusual as, at the time, and sadly, still, the music industry was very male. However, she rocked at the top of the Punk genre, playing with the Sex Pistols, the Cure and others and along the way, waking up a nice middle class boy to the injustices of life, the tedious conformity of the majority and a desire to question the fabric of society. I suppose, as a Sociology teacher, that desire to question, which is central to my job, goes back to that time.
Mr Goodfield (Reprographics) chose Sophie Scholl
"How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause? Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?"
Sophie Scholl was a German student and anti-Nazi political activist. She was convicted of high treason after having been found distributing anti-war leaflets and was executed. Since the 1970s, Scholl has been extensively commemorated for her anti-Nazi resistance work.
Mrs Harris (Attendance Manager) chose Emmeline Pankhurst
Every time I go to vote I think about the suffragette and political activist Emmeline Pankhurst (1858 – 1928) and her protest to ensure that all women in Britain were given this opportunity. She fought tirelessly for this right and the effects of her actions are evident every time a woman goes to a Ballot Box in this country and around the world. This inspires me to always excise my democratic right and to always stand up for the values I believe in, no matter the odds.
Mrs Jarman (Curriculum Leader for Drama) chose her mum and Lady Gaga
There are two women that inspire me, the first is the more obvious one, my mum and the second, Lady Gaga.
My Mum inspires me to be the most honest, kind and hard working women that I can be. Her father died when she was only 13 years old and she had to be strong for her own mum and siblings. She worked extremely hard at school and worked as a very well respected pharmacist for over 40 years. She inspires me to take each new day as it comes, to be selfless but determined when faced with a challenge.
Lady Gaga inspires me because of her determination and self-belief to succeed. She wanted to be a singer, she wanted to be famous and that’s exactly what she did. She made her dreams become reality. I think she is a perfect example of the strength that all women have within them.
Mr Norrington (Assistant Headteacher) chose Mrs Hardy, his Year 11 English Teacher
In Year 11 I had an amazing English teacher called Mrs Hardy. She was an incredible teacher who gave me a real love of reading by bringing books to life with her eccentric humour and deep understanding. I think she also influenced my decision to become a teacher as she left a lasting impression on me.
Mrs Sutton (School Library) chose her mum
My mum was the first person in her family to go to University. She trained as a teacher, she worked hard and looked after me and my brothers and sister.
She always encouraged us in everything we did and was always kind and loving. We are all happy and fulfilled people because of her.
Ms Turner-Linley (Assistant Headteacher) chose Amy Johnson CBE
I have picked Yorkshire woman, Amy Johnson CBE. Amy was a spearheading female pilot who became the first woman to fly solo from London to Darwin, Australia in 1930 and went on to set many other long-distance records.
During the Second World War she flew as a part of the Air Transport Auxiliary and became part of a pioneering movement which led to women receiving the same pay as men of equal rank - a first for the British Government. She worked relentlessly to be accomplished in a male-dominated industry and to pave the way for other women to be successful after her.
Sixth Form students also chose women who've inspired them:
- My mum is my biggest influence and inspiration. She is wonderful and so smart. She taught me almost everything I know, and my sister, and raised us both whilst running a business and lecturing. I used to think it was lame to love your parents but grew up and realised that she’s always got my back and that she’ll always support me thought operations and fallouts and trends. My mum is always going to be my mum and she’s proud of me, and I’m proud of her, and I love her to pieces.
- My mum – knowing her story on how she is in her current situation motivates me to only work harder as it is nothing compared to what she went through.
- One woman who heavily inspired me as a child and throughout my life is my grandma. She was someone who was strong, kind, compassionate and understanding. She was the woman who taught me how to live like as though I had a right to, rather than be grateful for. I believe that because of her inspiration I, as a female, am able to appreciate and understand those around me as well as myself and love being a woman!!
- My mother. She inspired me because the amount of pain, hardship and difficulties she’s gone through made her stronger. She inspires me to always try my best, never lose hope and love one another. She’s a single mother, who was married at a young age and had me when she turned 20. A very young age, compared to her sisters who first accomplished a job and education. She faced no support when my father left and constantly tried to do the best for me and my younger siblings. I love my mum and will always look up to her as my role model, even if I don’t show it.
- I am inspired by Pink! She inspires me because she is a very opinionated woman who is an activist for women. She has quite controversial views about society but I think that her ways of thinking are the direction that society is heading in.
- My grandma is my role model as she was determined and hardworking. She was hill walking and learning new skills into her 80s, which makes me aspire to work towards my dreams and achieve my goals. Every time I feel like giving up I think of her resilience and I carry on working hard in lessons to get the grades to do what I want in the future.
- Assata Shakur was one of the leaders of the Black Liberation Army. She stood up against political, social and economic oppression of black people in America. Despite the FBI placing her on the list of the top 10 most wanted terrorists, she inspires young women to fight against injustice because she overcame the power of the police by escaping to a world safe from the confines of the police.