Today I’ve been reflecting on some of the women who have guided & inspired me…

  • My English Teacher. She was cool, respected and did the best for us pupils. Once she took us to a regional competition. My first memory of a world outside school. She made me love literature. I learned that she’d become an alcoholic and died quite young. Now her grave sits without a headstone. I wish someone would have cared for her like she cared for us.
  • My manager, Jan Worthing. I only worked with Jan for a short while. She was, and I’m sure still is, wise, funny, caring and fierce. She would drop everything to make sure you were ok. She always got things done and progress was always made. She was recently promoted. What an awesome thing!!
  • My Japanese lecturer: We were all scared of her. There was no room to hide in that classroom and she’d pick on you at random. You didn’t mess about and you always did your homework. When the tsunami hit, she was the first person I rang, to see if there was anything I could do. Everyone deserves the chance to learn from a teacher that wants you to always know the answers.

Thank you to all the women who have gone before. I hope the path we lay for the next generation is firm, bright and leads to all places where decisions are made.