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The Women Who Inspire +24

March is International Women’s Month, and the 8th of March – International Women’s Day – is a day for us to reflect on the women who inspire us and who we look up to. In celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, some of the members of the +24 team have reflected on the women who inspire us.

Dave, Managing Director

J.K. Rowling: Author of the ‘Harry Potter’ series and its subsequent spin-offs, Joanne Rowling (who is also a film producer, screenwriter, television producer and philanthropist) has used her platform to encourage young people to embrace what makes them different and use their imaginations.

Jacqueline Gold: With a net worth of £500m, Jacqueline Summers Gold CBE is estimated to be the 26th richest woman in Great Britain. Gold is a British businesswoman and the Chief Executive of Gold Group International, Ann Summers and Knickerbox.

Karren Brady: Arguably most known for her role as aide to Lord Sugar on ‘The Apprentice’ Karren Rita Brady CBE is a Baroness, Member of Parliament, newspaper columnist, author, novelist, English sporting executive, politician and television personality.

Denise Coates: Beginning her career in the betting industry marking up bets in the cashiers’ department within the family bookmaking firm, Denise Coates (estimated to be worth $4.6 billion by Forbes) is a British billionaire businesswoman. She is the founder and joint chief executive of Bet365, which has over 35 million customers globally.

Elly, Account Executive

Nicola Littler: “My mum is an inspiring woman in many different ways. First of all she works as a hospice nurse St Catherine’s, and anybody who can work in that environment is an incredible human. On top of that she is always there for me and never ever lets me down and supports me in everything I do. I know everyone says their mum is their best friend but she really is mine.”

Serena Williams: Sporting a total of 23 Grand Slam singles to date, Serena Williams holds too many titles and records to count. Beyond her extreme success in tennis, Williams is also an activist and has advocated for movements such as Black Lives Matter and women’s rights.

Emma Watson: Of ‘Harry Potter’ fame, Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is an actress who has notably campaigned for women’s rights. Appointed as UN Women Goodwill ambassador in 2014, Watson announced the launch of UN Women campaign HeForShe in September of the same year.

Amy Poehler: American actress, comedian, director, producer, and writer Amy Meredith Poehler is best known for her role as Leslie Knope in ‘Parks and Recreation’ for which in 2014 she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series.

Rik, Head of Creative

Amy Johnson: Flying in the Second World War as a part of the Air Transport Auxiliary, Amy Johnson was a female pilot who set a great deal of long-distance flying records in the 1930s. Johnson, from Yorkshire, become famous initially through her efforts to set a record for a solo flight from London, England to Darwin, Australia. She went missing in 1941 during a ferry flight over the Thames Estuary.

Anna Holden: “My wife is amazing. She is hard working in every aspect of life. She’s a wonderful wife, mother and career woman and manages to balance it all day after day. She is my inspiration and I aspire to be more like her everyday.”

Claire Williams: The deputy team principal of the Williams Formula One racing team, Claire Williams OBE became a press officer for the Silverstone racing circuit after graduating with a degree in Politics from Newcastle University in 1999. From there her career progressed and she has been named the 10th most powerful women in international sports by Forbes.

Millie Holden: “My daughter’s enthusiasm for everything inspires me everyday. I love that she has no concept of traditional gender stereotypes and I hope that she continues to love football, flowers, dinosaurs and unicorns in equal measure throughout her life.”

Luckie, Communications Co-ordinator

Ellen Page: With an acting career that started in 1997 at age 10, Ellen Page is an incredibly successful actress, but it’s her activism that makes her one of Luckie’s heroes. Since her coming out in 2014, Page has advocated for the rights of LGBT+ people around the world, and has been an outspoken figure in calling for equality for minority groups.

Lupita Nyong’o: The first Kenyan and American actress to win an Academy Award, many know Nyong’o for her roles in ‘12 Years A Slave‘, ‘Black Panther‘ and Jordan Peele;’s upcoming ‘US‘.

Hayley Kiyoko: Starting her career as a child actress, American singer, songwriter and actress Hayley Kiyoko Alcroft is now a 2018 MTV Video Music Awards “Push Artist of the Year” award recipient and Billboard Top 10 Hit artist who uses her songs and music videos to advocate for LGBT+ rights and normalise same-sex relationships, as well as working with charities such as I Support The Girls and Los Angeles LGBT Center to raise funds and awareness to the issues faced by LGBT+ people and homeless women and youth.

Raynor Pepper: “My mum is the most incredible woman I know, and coming from a family filled with strong and amazing women, that’s saying something. I’ve never known anyone who is as caring, empathetic and patient while also being so strong, intelligent and formidable. To me she defines what a powerful and inspirational woman is, and for that and so many other reasons, she’s truly my best friend.” 

Sam, Marketing Manager

Sheryl Sandberg: Technology executive, author, activist and billionaire Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of founder of non-profit organisation dedicated to offer women the support they need to achieve their goals, LeanIn.Org. The organisation supports women through community, education, and circles (small, coordinated peer groups where women can share their experiences and learn together, uplifting each other).

His mum: “One of the reasons I am where I am today is the support I get my from my family. My mum has always believed family comes first and will do anything and everything for our happiness. If I can be half as good a parent as my mum is, I’ll be happy. I couldn’t be luckier to have her.”

Oprah Winfrey: Host of the highest-rated TV show of its kind in history, ‘The Oprah Show‘, Oprah Gail Winfrey is also an actress, philanthropist, media executive and television producer. An inspirational orator and catalyst for cultural change in many ways, no list of inspirational women is complete without a mention of Oprah.

Carla Bruni: Italian-French supermodel and singer-songwriter Carla Bruni Sarkozy has experienced a successful career, writing for Julien Clerc and winning Victoire Award for “Female Artist of the Year” at the 2007 Victoires de la Musique. In 2009, Bruni created a foundation named after herself that aims to promote access to knowledge and culture for all. In 2003 she was made Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a French order recognising contributions to the arts and literature.


Richard, Developer

Marie Curie: A household name thanks to her contributions to medical science and the foundation named after her, Marie Skłodowska Curie was not only the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, but the first person and only woman to win twice and as yet is the only person to win in two different sciences also. Living from 1867 to 1934, Curie was a physicist and chemist who conducted the pioneering research on radioactivity that laid the foundation for the use of radiotherapy to treat cancer.

Michelle Obama: The first African-American First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama is a lawyer, university administrator and writer. She graduated Princeton University in 1985 after studying sociology and minoring in African-American studies, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts. In 1988 she earned her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. Over the course of her career she has advocated for human rights, access to education and much more.

Angela Merkel: Serving as Chancellor of Germany since 2005, Angela Dorothea Merkel is a German Politician who has been described by TIME as “Chancellor of the Free World”.

Lucy Worsley: Best known for her roles as presenter of BBC TV series covering historical topics, Lucy Worsley OBE’s career started as a historic house curator at Milton Manor, near Abingdon. Since 2014 she has published three books covering different genres, including a children’s novel.