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International Women's Day: Our Female Icons

Rachel Humphreys, PR & Earned Media Junior Account Executive

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Rachel Humphreys

PR & Earned Media Junior Account Executive

Here at Jaywing PR we’re really excited about celebrating International Women’s Day and, in particular, celebrating our favourite female icons.

To mark the day, we’re taking over the office meeting room screens, with each room featuring inspirational women over time, those who have paved the way for our generation, as well as our more modern icons empowering today's women of the future.

Imagine, Amelia Earhart and Kylie Jenner featuring in the same space! Who’d have thought!

Let’s take a sneaky peek at some of Jaywing PR’s favourite female icons:

Senior Account Manager, Iain, has chosen Buffy Summers, (AKA Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as his female icon: “Even though she's a fictional character, Buffy inspired a generation and showed that the "pretty blonde cheerleader" didn't need anyone to rescue her and could, in fact, be the hero.”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the female protagonist in 1990’s supernatural drama by the same name portrayed by Sarah Michelle Gellar. She smashed stereotypes of women by being her own hero and was shown to be beautiful yet strong and intelligent at the same time.

Iain’s favourite quote from Buffy is: “There is only one thing on this earth more powerful than evil, and that's us.”

Account Executive Katie has chosen Rihanna as her IWD icon. Katie said: “She is an icon that stands against both sexism and racism and is always promoting body positivity and women empowerment.”

Rihanna has often been branded a ‘bad’ role model and is known for being outspoken against issues against women, domestic violence and displaying ‘unladylike’ behaviour. The superstar has undoubtedly opened many doors for young women throughout her expansive and successful career, and encourages each of us to own our sexuality, be our own boss and stand up for issues affecting women today.

Katie’s favourite quote from Rihanna is: “The minute you learn to love yourself you won't want to be anyone else.”

Operations Director, Jodie, has chosen aviation pioneer Amelia Earheart as her female icon. “She was brave, ambitious and never gave up. When people told her she would fail, it made her more determined and stronger as a result. She pioneered the way forward for women in a male-dominated environment and never gave up on her dream. I love her passion for adventure - a true inspiration!”

Jodie’s favourite quote from Amelia is “the most effective way to do it, is to do it”, which she brings to life every day in her role as Operations Director.

Frankie, one of our Account Managers, has chosen the late MP Jo Cox as her femme icon: “Jo Cox was a great campaigner for diversity in all parts of everyday life. She was a working mum and a powerful force in my local community. In today's climate, her words and outlook on life feel more important than ever.”

Jo Cox was a British Labour Party Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, West Yorkshire, until her murder in June 2016. Jo was known to be tolerant and kind by those close to her, and fought for the rights of her constituents. As well as an MP, Jo was a mother, wife and former aid worker.

Frankie’s favourite quote from Jo is: "We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things which divide us.”

Account Executive Rachel has chosen actress and activist, Jameela Jamil, and Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell, as her IWD icons.

Rachel had this to say about Jameela: “After seeing an Instagram image revealing the weight in kilograms of The Kardashians, Jameela felt that enough was enough. To clapback at the notion that women are what they weigh, she decided to use her influential position to post her own Instagram story revealing her own weight... without stepping on the scales. This hit home with thousands of people of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds and encouraged them to join in by posting their own weight in self-worth. To continue the movement, Jameela created the inspirational and real @i_weigh page, and she's not taking any prisoners!”

Jameela Jamil is an actress and activist who uses her platform to fight for women’s rights in every way she can, particularly underrepresented women such as disabled women, women of colour and trans women. Rachel’s favourite quote from Jameela is: "This industry doesn't mean enough to me to be a bad role model. Nothing means enough to me to abuse my position and not speak up for those being damaged.”

Rachel’s second nomination, Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, was an influence to many girls and women at the height of her career and made ‘girl power’ a reality to many of us. Rachel said: “Nominating a Spice Girl might be a bit cliche, but from a very young age she taught me to be myself, and to stand up to sexism even if it's not directed at me.”

Rachel’s favourite quote from Ginger Spice is: "When I came out of my mother's womb, I screamed: ‘Girl Power!’"

Lastly, our Junior Account Manager Mary has chosen former First Lady Michelle Obama as her female icon. Mary said this about Michelle: “She is a huge inspiration for women across the world. Within her role as first lady she went above and beyond and used her platform to inspire and support women. She handles criticism with grace and she is effortlessly cool.”

Michelle Obama has done so much to inspire women, with her charity Let Girls Learn raising more than $3.5bn in one year. Throughout and beyond her time as First Lady, she has encouraged girls and women to become powerful through education and confidence within your own abilities.

Mary’s favourite Michelle Obama quote is: “I never cut class. I loved getting A’s, I liked being smart. I liked being on time. I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world.”

This week Forbes named Kylie Jenner the world’s ‘Youngest Self-Made Billionaire’, so we’re giving her an honourable mention in our roundup of inspirational women. As a child star on Keeping up with the Kardashians, she could’ve ridden the wave of reality TV forever. Instead, she developed and launched her own beauty brand at the age of 18, leveraging her global stardom and passion for makeup to become the youngest ever billionaire. Whatever your opinions about the Kardashian dynasty, it’s undeniable that Kylie’s business acumen coupled with her ambitious nature has led her to this monumental achievement.

Our favourite quote from Kylie “It’s about being who you are. If people can’t accept it, too bad.”

Who is your inspirational female icon this International Women’s Day? Let us know! We would love to hear from you, so get in touch.