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⚡️EMILY EAVIS ⚡️

Wonderful Women Wednesday

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

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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⚡️SARAH ILLENBERGER ⚡️

Wonderful Women Wednesday

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


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 ⚡️

Wonderful Women Wednesday

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

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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⚡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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