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    March 8th is International Women's Day!
    This year's theme is #PressForProgress, and you can get involved with our other discussions around the topic here.




    So whether it's your mum, a friend, or a celebrity, share your female role model and why they are your role model here!



    Personally my mum is definitely my role model in terms of academics as she's very similar to me and did maths at uni which is exactly what I want to do, but in day to day life my youth worker is probably more my role model as she's always there for people, always willing to do things for others, and generally really amazing to be around and I'd love to be like that! :love:
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    Mine would be women like Frida Kahlo and Audre Lorde who despite having all odds against them, rose up and achieved greatness!
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    For me it's Amy Poehler, I just think she's so funny and inspirational as a female comedian in a very male dominated world!
    She's excellent as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation, and her earlier stuff on SNL is fantastic. Also she seems to be a very nice person in general and I think there is a lot to be said for genuinely nice people in this world!
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    For me it's the YouTuber Saifya Nygaard. She's so willing to have new experiences and doesn't care if they don't work out. It's nice to watch someone so positive and happy. Plus her cat Crusty is awesome.
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    (Original post by desert_fairy)
    Mine would be women like Frida Kahlo and Audre Lorde who despite having all odds against them, rose up and achieved greatness!
    (Original post by Wirefox)
    For me it's Amy Poehler, I just think she's so funny and inspirational as a female comedian in a very male dominated world!
    She's excellent as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation, and her earlier stuff on SNL is fantastic. Also she seems to be a very nice person in general and I think there is a lot to be said for genuinely nice people in this world!
    (Original post by DrawTheLine)
    For me it's the YouTuber Saifya Nygaard. She's so willing to have new experiences and doesn't care if they don't work out. It's nice to watch someone so positive and happy. Plus her cat Crusty is awesome.
    Haven't heard of a lot of these people but they sound awesome! So much positivity :love:

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    Mrs Thatcher, the one and only.
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    Gemma Gibbons. She faced so many challenges and still managed amazing things. Because of her I started taking judo seriously and now I'm about to get my blue belt 6 years on. It was her 2012 Olympic semi-final where she mouthed 'I love you mum' to the sky after winning as a thank you to her mum who died when she was 16 that really inspired me.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemma_Gibbons
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    My female role model is the head of disability at my uni. She's intelligent, quick-witted and takes no **** from anyone (you wouldn't wanna be on her wrong side! :eek: ). She's fearless and fierce and has overcome a lot of health difficulties herself. She's also kind, compassionate, and very helpful. She's been like a second mother to me :love: I look up to her a lot
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    My old scout leader. Her and her husband did a great job running our group and including all sorts of people (including girls and people with various types of extra needs). She was really supportive getting us badges and awards, but also in developing and supporting us as individuals. Even when she was in late stages of lung cancer she played an active role and took us on camps abroad. That group helped me feel included and important where other didn't and a good lot of that is down to her. She referred to us as their kids and I very much think that she meant it.
    I only hope that I can be half as amazing in my life and have a positive impact on people like she did me.

    Also my mum cos... well she's my mum and she's stuck with me my whole life.

    Many others too, but these are the ones who get a shout out now.
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    (Original post by meenu89)
    Mrs Thatcher, the one and only.
    Now I have the song Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher going round my head :rofl:
    (Original post by lisseyjj)
    Gemma Gibbons. She faced so many challenges and still managed amazing things. Because of her I started taking judo seriously and now I'm about to get my blue belt 6 years on. It was her 2012 Olympic semi-final where she mouthed 'I love you mum' to the sky after winning as a thank you to her mum who died when she was 16 that really inspired me.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemma_Gibbons
    It's amazing how sports people can inspire us! Definitely think the Olympics met their motto #inspireAGeneration

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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    My female role model is the head of disability at my uni. She's intelligent, quick-witted and takes no **** from anyone (you wouldn't wanna be on her wrong side! :eek: ). She's fearless and fierce and has overcome a lot of health difficulties herself. She's also kind, compassionate, and very helpful. She's been like a second mother to me :love: I look up to her a lot
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    My old scout leader. Her and her husband did a great job running our group and including all sorts of people (including girls and people with various types of extra needs). She was really supportive getting us badges and awards, but also in developing and supporting us as individuals. Even when she was in late stages of lung cancer she played an active role and took us on camps abroad. That group helped me feel included and important where other didn't and a good lot of that is down to her. She referred to us as their kids and I very much think that she meant it.
    I only hope that I can be half as amazing in my life and have a positive impact on people like she did me.

    Also my mum cos... well she's my mum and she's stuck with me my whole life.

    Many others too, but these are the ones who get a shout out now.
    Lovely to hear about these amazing women, so glad they've been part of both of your lives!

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    Great answers lovely people

    I've a few to add...

    Nicola Adams - a bisexual woman of colour and British boxing champion #fightlikeagirl
    Malala Yousifazi - survived an attempt on her life and now an outspoken advocate of female rights and female education in the Middle East
    Michelle Obama - A fashion icon, a devoted mother, and an accomplished lawyer and writer

    Closer to home, my friend Georgie who was our VP Welfare and Diversity when I was at university. She started our University's Women's Network which allowed females to stand up against 'lads culture' at uni. She also appointment a disability officer and ethnic minorities officer within her team.

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    (Original post by SallyMustang)
    Great answers lovely people

    Malala Yousifazi - survived an attempt on her life and now an outspoken advocate of female rights and female education in the Middle East

    :thumbsup:
    And don't forget, the youngest EVER recipient of the Noble Peace Prize!
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    My Nan. Toughest, most tenacious person I ever knew.
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    Countess Markievicz.
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    My Nan, who was treated as less by her family just because she was female (she had to move out when her older brother came home from war because there wasn't enough room in the house), came from nothing and worked very hard her whole life to earn as much as she did.

    Jane Eyre because although she's just a plain, simple young woman, she's headstrong, opinionated, with good morals and refuses to forgive Rochester for what he did (at least at first) whereas most women in her time would have just settled for him as their main goal was to marry.
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    (Original post by bones-mccoy)
    My Nan, who was treated as less by her family just because she was female (she had to move out when her older brother came home from war because there wasn't enough room in the house), came from nothing and worked very hard her whole life to earn as much as she did.

    Jane Eyre because although she's just a plain, simple young woman, she's headstrong, opinionated, with good morals and refuses to forgive Rochester for what he did (at least at first) whereas most women in her time would have just settled for him as their main goal was to marry.
    Your nan sounds very inspirational! :yep:

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    I have a FANTASTIC History teacher at my school. Probably the kindest, coolest woman ever. I have a friend in my class with anxiety who gets very very worried and she calms her down better than I can. Even though she has never seemed angry or annoyed, when she said 'no' even if she's smiling EVERYONE listens. Perhaps the best motivator ever also! Honestly, I want to have her temperament when I get older.

    She's also very intelligent (did her Masters at Oxford I think? Also a PHD in America!), well travelled and loves encouraging learning. She sets up mini seminars (podcasts/visitors/TED talks etc) after school and lets us sit and debate for hours!
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    (Original post by slurredsquash)
    I have a FANTASTIC History teacher at my school. Probably the kindest, coolest woman ever. I have a friend in my class with anxiety who gets very very worried and she calms her down better than I can. Even though she has never seemed angry or annoyed, when she said 'no' even if she's smiling EVERYONE listens. Perhaps the best motivator ever also! Honestly, I want to have her temperament when I get older.

    She's also very intelligent (did her Masters at Oxford I think? Also a PHD in America!), well travelled and loves encouraging learning. She sets up mini seminars (podcasts/visitors/TED talks etc) after school and lets us sit and debate for hours!
    I want a teacher like that! Sounds amazing. Reminds me of my maths teacher but he's male so can't count on this thread :lol:

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