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Samantha

Who was your female role model as you were growing up?

My mum was my role model – she was a working mum, who wanted her daughters to have a better life than she had had.  She always told us we could be anything we wanted to be if we worked hard!  Now I’m a mum myself,  I’m continually inspired by my own daughters – their strength and positivity and their desire to make the world a better place.

Can you name a woman from history who you admire?

I think Frida Kahlo is pretty amazing.  Despite being faced with terrible obstacles she created such beautiful art full of colour and life.

Name a successful woman in the world of work who inspires you?

I find Maggie Aderin-Pocock very inspiring to listen to. She’s not a business woman, but is a very successful space scientist, traditionally a male-dominated field.  I love the passion she has for her work.

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Georgia

Who was your female role model as you were growing up?
My nan and mom. They have always been there for me, always pushing me to do my best and forever putting my sister and me before themselves. They both always remind me of my self worth, never to change for anyone and to never give up chasing my dreams.

Can you name a woman from history who you admire?
I would have to say Coco Chanel. She inspired women to be women, and to allow them to live comfortably and freely. Through fashion and accessories, she inspired and uplifted women, showing they could be whoever they wanted. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

Name a successful woman in the world of work who inspires you?
Sara Davies, the founder of Crafter’s Companion. While still studying at university she launched her successful business, which has since become a multi-million business. Sara is also the youngest entrepreneur on the panel of the hugely successful BBC series, Dragons’ Den. She is also a fierce advocate of women in business, supporting and mentoring them as they grow.

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Katie

Who was your female role model as you were growing up?
My mom, as I was growing up she worked a full time job whilst still finding time to raise me and always be there for me with the best advice and looking after everyone around her

Can you name a woman from history who you admire?
Princess Diana. She used her status to raise awareness for a number of causes, from leprosy to domestic violence to mental health.

Name a successful woman in the world of work who inspires you?
Donna Carpenter – (Co-CEO of Burton) – 15 years ago through Burton’s rapid growth, Carpenter found that the diversity of her company was shrinking and she wanted to change that. With her initiatives she grew the company’s female leadership from under 10% to 45% today. From being CEO to now Co-CEO, Carpenter continues to make sure the percentage grows ensuring gender equality in her workplace.

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Emily

Who was your female role model as you were growing up? 

Annika Sörenstam and Paula Creamer, are two of the best female golfers there has ever been. Mainly due to their love of pink, but I admired them doing so well in a male dominated sport. I always saw their names when I was younger growing up playing the sport, giving me hope that one day it wouldn’t be such a sexist sport. Thankfully, it’s much better now that I’m older. However, if my mum was to read this, my female role model would obviously be my mum!

Can you name a woman from history who you admire? 

Rosa Parks – an incredible woman with immense courage. On a bus, in 1955 she refused to give up her seat for a white person. This sparked a huge national movement. You don’t get called “the mother of the civil rights movement” for no reason!

Name a successful woman in the world of work who inspires you?

Carrie Rose who runs Rise at Seven, one word, phenomenal. And Leanne Holder – most people won’t have heard of her, but I knew of her through my interest in modified cars and she owns and runs multiple businesses and is a genuine superwoman. She created one of, if not, the best selling car detailing subscription box then created a whole range of pink detailing products where a % of the profit goes to charity each month. This industry is incredibly male dominated, even more than the golf industry. Leanne is genuinely amazing if you’re connected with her or follow her, building her own business empire.