Message from Yvonne Green for International Women’s Day 8th March 2021


International Women’s Day 2021

This International Women’s Day we’ll all be “choosing to challenge” it is an opportunity to celebrate women’s history and recognise our global struggles.

Women that inspire me as I remember international women’s day are:

Amelia Earhart she was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, while other women were being held back by a male dominated society, Amelia was soaring through the clouds, breaking records and pioneering for women’s right.

Rosa Parks refusing to give up a seat on a bus but when Rosa Parks did it in 1955 it was unheard of. As African American, Parks was legally obliged to give up her seat at the request of a white person – something she was simply wasn’t willing to do.

The courage she showed in that instance sparked the civil rights movement in America and her simple act of defiance changes the lives of millions of people.

Emmeline Pankhurst who fought for equality for women as the leader of the suffragette movement. Her efforts led to the vote being granted to some women.

Josephine Baker was an American triple-threat who found fame away from racial prejudice in France, but returned to her homeland to fight racism with the NAACP.

Marie Curie was a pioneering two time Nobel prize winning scientist, whose research into radioactivity saved countless lives.

A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let’s all choose to challenge.

Challenge gender stereotypes and bias, call out inequality at every opportunity you get.

Challenging all forms of inequalities is central to everything I do in my daily work and I strive to ensure at work and or community that we have a fairer and more equal society for all.

Quote ‘A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everybody else.’

Happy International Woman’s Day

Yvonne Green

Branch Secretary