It is International Women’s Day tomorrow, and in honour of that, Kate Takes 5’s listography topic this week is inspirational women. To be honest, I could have included so many more, but we are only allowed 5, so here are mine…
1) My Mum
Of course my Mum inspires me, most of us are inspired by our Mums. As I have mentioned before, my Mum gave up her career to be there for us when we were small, then returned when we were teenagers and built herself a successful career at the age of 40. But more than that she is caring, kind, pragmatic and supportive. Life has thrown my parents some truly curved balls along the way, and my Mum has accepted the limitations these put on her life with huge grace, and between them they have busied themselves making the absolute best of things. I love my Mum.
2) My Friends
I have many female friends who inspire me- from illustrators to rock stars, but my two closest friends are incredible.
The first I have known since school, and life has seemed to constantly put obstacles in the way of the amazing things she is capable of- but she never gives up, and has just launched herself into a new life in a new town, and I am always impressed with her braveness and her ability to get back up again. I just know that this time it is all going to come together like an A-Team plan. Plus, she makes me laugh til I pee my pants.
The second I met slightly later, when I was 20. She is incredibly caring, putting her whole life on hold to look after her sick Mum for many years. She has had a tough time, even tougher since her Mum died recently, but she still manages to keep smiling, and what a smile it is- she lights up a room. She is utterly bonkers in the best way possible, and a proper fighter- I hope soon she can stop fighting and enjoy life being her own again.
3) Kim Deal
Ah, the wonder that is Miss Deal. There are so many women who have inspired me along my musical journey, but none more than her. She is the reason I play bass guitar. She is the epitome of cool, and without the heavy make up, fake tan and skimpy outfits that seem to be de rigeur for so many women in music. She was in some of my favourite ever bands. She made it seem like being a woman in a band was normal, when it was unusual. (still too unusual for my liking). She was not a novelty, she just rocked.
4) Cat Parrot
Cat will probably be surprised to find herself on my list. She is a fellow blogger, (check out her blog Yellow Days) we have not met, and I don’t know her that well, but she has inspired me. I recently wrote a post about women in politics, and how despite my ranty-ness and strong political feelings, I didn’t feel Westminster was appealing. She left me this comment:-
“National politics is certainly a difficult arena for a woman with young kids but in my experience there is a similar lack of women in local politics even though that sort of role is far easier to fit with a family and of course this is the pool from which national candidates are often selected. I had to take my two-year old along to my local council selection panel interview last year and not only were the panel very supportive on the day but I was accepted. I think it’s a shame local politics is often ignored when so many important issues are actually managed at council level.”
And she is right, politics is important on a local level, and accessible for all of us. I am inspired by her willingness to stand up for what she believes in, put herself forward as a candidate, and one day she will make a real difference. I have already been and find out more about my local party, and plan to try to get involved when Syd starts more pre-school hours later in the year.
5) Caitlin Moran
Because I love her humourous yet thought-provoking writing, and I want her hair. My lovely Mum saves me her columns from The Times- because I won’t buy it myself, so every few weeks I receive a bundle of articles and get to nod and chortle my way through them in the bath. (apologies to Tim Dowling for my occasional unfaithfulness – for those who didn’t witness me embarrassing myself at Blogfest – I may have told him that I usually read him naked…)
So that is my five. Tomorrow I have a very special post via Team Honk from Tanzania, please do pop back to read about a truly inspirational woman, helped by your donations to comic/sport relief.
Love Miss Cisco XXX