⚡️EMILY EAVIS ⚡️

Wonderful Women Wednesday

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This week is ⚡️EMILY EAVIS ⚡️ co-organiser of the annual Glastonbury Festival.

Emily is the youngest daughter of the festival founder Michael Eavis and grew up on Worthy Farm, Somerset, the site of Glastonbury Festival.

She spoke recently on Desert Island Discs (my absolute fave!!!) about some men in the music industry still refusing to deal with her. Booking acts for over half her life for the festival some male execs still insist on speaking to her father. She remains determined to promote female artists, book female headliners and introduce more women into the team.

‘I know they are labelling me as a real hassle, and it’s such a hassle. ‘Will you just shut up’ and ‘It wasn’t like this when your dad was in charge….It’s so annoying. But if you want to make progress you just have to do it, and you have to be up for being a bit of an annoyance.’

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⚡️VIV GROSKOP ⚡️

Wonderful Women Wednesday

Taking a mid-week moment to celebrate and thank those standing up and kicking ass

This week is ⚡️VIV GROSKOP ⚡️ writer, stand-up comedian, tv and radio presenter and women on a mission with book and podcast ‘How to Own the Room: Women and the art of brilliant speaking.’

Viv began her career as a writer in her early twenties on Fleet Street and went on to become a freelance writer for The Guardian, The Observer, Evening Standard, Red Magazine to name a few. She has been named one of the most successful female freelance journalists in the UK.

But then when realising the advice she was giving her three children to ‘do what you want with your life, live your dreams’ was not ringing true with herself. She wanted to do stand-up, to perform, to entertain and to have the spotlight. She went for it. Doing a hundred shows in a hundred days to see if she could crack it.

‘I realised I loved it. I knew I wanted to do. You learn very quickly how hard it actually is to do it. I had to get to a hundred gigs fast.’

Fast forward 10 years and this has led to her incredible book and podcast How to Own the Room: Women and the art of brilliant speaking’. She found her voice and her mission to help others to do the same.

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⚡️DR ANNE-MARIE IMAFIDON MBE ⚡️

Wonderful Women Wednesday

Taking a mid-week moment to celebrate and thank those standing up and kicking ass

This week is ⚡️DR ANNE-MARIE IMAFIDON MBE ⚡️ a prodigy in every sense of the word.

Aged 11, Dr Anne-Marie was the youngest girl ever to pass A-level computing, and was just 20 years old when she received her Master’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oxford. Since then, she has forged an enviable CV, including positions at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard and Deutsche Bank. Then there are the Honorary Doctorates from Open University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Kent University & Bristol University and an Honorary Fellowship at Keble College, Oxford.

It is this wealth of experience and pioneering spirit that led her to co-found the STEMettes, an award-winning social initiative dedicated to inspiring and promoting the next generation of young women in the STEM sectors. Since its inception 6 years ago, it has exposed more than 40,000 young people across Europe to Anne-Marie’s vision for a more diverse and balanced science and tech community.

‘Spread the word…science and tech need more women'.’

I first heard her and heard of her through Viv Groskop’s incredible podcast How to Own the Room: Women and the art of brilliant speaking’. (feel her appearing here as a future icon too). I recommend a listen, she is really great fun as well as super smart.

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⚡️CHLOE SHEPPARD ⚡️

Wonderful Women Wednesday

Taking a mid-week moment to celebrate and thank those standing up and kicking ass

This week is ⚡️CHLOE SHEPPARD ⚡️ the 22 year old film photographer + filmmaker in London. Represented by Forever for moving image *:·゚✧ ‘Unreel with dreamlike rapidity’.

Chloe has become renowned for her non-digital photographs of young women. Her work can be seen in major publications like Dazed and Confused, NYLON, Teen Vogue, ID. Also in solo and group shows and more frequently for fashion brands including Momki, Nike, Miss Selfridge, Lazy Oaf, Boxpark Shoreditch to name but really just a few.

I found an article from a couple of years ago in which she cites ‘I really would love to do it as a full time career, but sometimes I’m not sure if I’m really cut out for it. It’s definitely a dream but I find it hard to see it as realistic sometimes when there is so much competition.’ Checking her CV listing of the last couple of years since that quote I would say she seems to be doing just fine.

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⚡️GRETA THUNBERG⚡️

Wonderful Women Wednesday

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This week is ⚡️GRETA THUNBERG ⚡️ the 16 year old Swedish political activist seeking to stop global warming and climate change. In August 2018, she became a prominent figure for starting the first school strike for climate, outside the Swedish parliament building. 

‘At the end of a record-hot summer in Sweden last August, then-15-year-old Greta Thunberg decided she would not be going back to school. Frustrated by the lack of attention paid to the existential threat of global warming — not least by politicians campaigning for upcoming elections — she set up outside the Swedish parliament with a water bottle, her rucksack filled with books and snacks and a homemade sign announcing her “School Strike for Climate.” “I tried to bring people along to join me,” she says — she’d been inspired by the Parkland, Florida, students who walked out of class to protest gun violence — “but no one was really interested, and so I had to do it by myself.”

Thunberg wasn’t alone for long.

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⚡️TINA ROTH EISENBERG⚡️

Wonderful Women Wednesday

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This week is ⚡️TINA ROTH EISENBERG ⚡️AKA Swiss Miss. A Swiss designer gone NYC who has since transformed into accidental entrepreneur and super purposeful community builder. I have got to know more about Tina through running CreativeMornings/Sheffield. Tina started CreativeMornings, a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community, in NewYork 10 years ago and it has since exploded to close to 200 cities around the world. A phenomenal force of generosity that proves love trumps hate and the absolute power of community.

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⚡️PRIYA PARKER⚡️

Wonderful Women Wednesday

Taking a mid-week moment to celebrate and thank those standing up and kicking ass

This week is ⚡️PRIYA PARKER ⚡️ a facilitator and strategic advisor. She is the founder of Thrive Labs, at which she helps activists, elected officials, corporate executives, educators, and philanthropists create transformative gatherings. Priya is also the author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters. A bold approach to creating transformative meetings, events and experiences.

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⚡️MARY PORTAS⚡️

Wonderful Women Wednesday

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This week is ⚡️MARY PORTAS ⚡️ the formidable retail consultant and broadcaster. Currently proposing a radical re-evaluation of how we work in order to allow women to reach their full potential. She plans to lead the charge, but she can't do it alone. The book: ‘Work Like a Woman - a manifesto for change’ , I can’t recommend it enough.

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⚡️SARAH ILLENBERGER ⚡️

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This week is ⚡️SARAH ILLENBERGER ⚡️Berlin-based artist, illustrator and designer. 

'I have a lot of fun with what I do and in doing that I communicate ideas'.

I have had my eye on Sarah's work for years. Her humorous, colourful and beautifully crafted visual stories. I used to geek out on her infographics and more recently drawn to a lot of the nature she draws upon and elegantly transforms. 'Her visual language is defined by giving common things a new meaning.' A combination of craftsperson and art director.

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⚡️WHERE ARE THE BOSS LADIES ⚡️

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This week is ⚡️WHERE ARE THE BOSS LADIES ⚡️Redefining leadership with new role models.

'Where are our role models?'

This week is shouting out to two wonderful women Mara Lecocq and Christina Jones who are creating a list of currently already over 1,000 boss women for people to find their role models in the workplace.

'Where Are The Boss Ladies started as a list of 10 female executive leaders I knew of.

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⚡️MALIKA FAVRE⚡️

Wonderful Women Wednesday

Taking a mid-week moment to celebrate and thank those standing up and kicking ass

This week is ⚡️MALIKA FAVRE ⚡️A French artist based in London. 'A mind full of filthy ideas and creative brilliance.'

Her bold, minimal style – often described as Pop Art meets OpArt. Her unmistakable style has established her as one of the UK’s most sought after graphic artists. Malika’s clients include The New Yorker, Vogue, BAFTA, Sephora and Penguin Books, amongst many others.

Already a fan with The New Yorker covers being my particular faves, it is superb to see Malika's work represent the recently launched and flying Where Are The Boss Ladies? (more on that next week).

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⚡️AGNÈS VARDA⚡️

Wonderful Women Wednesday

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This week is the queen of French New Wave ⚡️AGNÈS VARDA⚡️ A career of film over seven decades of filmmaking and recently celebrated her 90th birthday. 'Armed with a fiercely experimental spirit, a whimsically subversive attitude and plenty of passionate compassion to boot (plus a really cool head of hair) Agnès Varda may be the grande dame of the French New Wave...but she's hardly slowed down with age. Much to the delight of fans New and old alike, her recent receipt of an honorary Oscar has put her squarely back in the spotlight'.  

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⚡ES DEVLIN⚡

Wonderful Women Wednesday

Taking a mid-week moment to celebrate and thank those standing up and kicking ass

This week is artist, designer, stage sculptur⚡️ES DEVLIN⚡️The go to lady for formidable theatre, opera, fashion and pop stage shows. Beyoncé, Kanye, Adele... little-known people like that. And that only scratches the surface. I experienced her work at the Jay Z & Kanye Watch the Throne tour and was blown away before I had discovered who she was. I was properly introduced through the mega Abstract Netflix series and have been obsessed since. Her bold simplicity is perfection, her output phenomenal. The Adele eyes at the opening of Glastonbury 2016 with the hello reverb...AMAZING. 

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⚡BOZOMA SAINT JOHN⚡

Wonderful Women Wednesday

Taking a mid-week moment to celebrate and thank those standing up and kicking ass

This week is ⚡️BOZOMA SAINT JOHN⚡️Currently Uber Chief Brand Officer. Previously Marketing Executive at Apple Music and general total badass. A change agent. An immigrant from Ghana. A single mum after losing her husband to cancer back in 2013. A self proclaimed and undisputed force of nature. And some serious representation in Silicon Valley - as she says: 'ticking all the boxes' #watchmework @badassboz

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⚡MADONNA⚡

Wonderful Women Wednesday

Taking a mid-week moment to celebrate and thank those standing up and kicking ass


Starting with the woman who started it all for me back in the day. With every poster I could find plastering my walls with Lucky Star inspired bows in my hair and Like a Virgin on repeat. Who told me I could be and achieve whatever I wanted. ⚡️MADONNA⚡️And whilst easy to take for granted as she was always there as I grew up, her 2016 Women of the Year Billboard speech is a heartfelt reminder of what that took.

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