Women achieving every day.
Friday saw the annual International Women's Day take centre stage and it was so cool to see such fantastic coverage and all the great events taking place around the World all over the last week to celebrate, support and promote the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
But women are achieving amazing things every day, so in this weekend's email I'm shining a light on just a few of them who caught my attention this week:
At midnight on March 1, 2019, at the intersection of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, the badass woman that is Solange Knowles dropped her eclectic new fourth album When i Get Home. Definitely worth a listen if you haven't already. You might not rate it but there's absolutely no denying her fearless creativity and willingness to put herself out there and for that she's got to be saluted.
Interviewed at a female-led tech event this week, 12-year-old coder Bianca from New Jersey is already doing her bit to encourage other girls into a career in STEM. On Twitter, she’s showing off her soldering skills or daring conference goers to hack a network she set up. On her website, she’s giving a tutorial on how to establish an open-sourced cloud-based server. Search YouTube for her name and you’ll find her teaching other girls to write coded messages to their friends by way of cyphers.
Wednesday saw the England women's football team win their first ever SheBelieves Cup with a 3-0 win over Japan at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. The Lionesses are already looking ahead already to 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in June to take home the biggest prize in football and I for one will most certainly be watching.
On Tuesday, two years after "Fearless Girl" stopped Wall Street's Charging Bull in its tracks, the iconic statue has been brought to London just a stone's throw away from the London Stock Exchange in support of greater diversity in the City. The iconic image of this fearless girl first grabbed our attention back on International Women's Day 2017, and I can’t believe that she is right here in my “home town”. And, even if it is only for a few months, just having the image of her resurrected in the press is enough to embolden me and, I hope, create some change of mindset in the City.