Happy International Women’s Day

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Today is International Women’s Day, and (as with every other ‘day’) we should appreciate those around us all the time, but it’s nice to have a little time devoted to celebration and recognition…

People that have met me in the last five years or so might be shocked by this, but I used to be cripplingly shy… to the point I would send my little brother in the shop for me, or ignore a ringing phone (still hate the phone if I’m honest, something weird about not seeing someone’s face).

I’m pretty smart and not half bad at what I do but my fear of the future, what people might think, or (god forbid) failure, constantly got in my way. I was a complete self-saboteur. I didn’t do a PhD because I was terrified of the commitment and the viva process, I didn’t apply for jobs I would of loved because I didn’t think I was good enough, it took me three years to work up enough confidence to start this blog.

But now I teach almost every day, consult, publish writing to the public domain, and (when I have to) pick up the phone. It’s my birthday today, and I can honestly say I’m happier in my own skin and more confident in my abilities than ever before, part of this is growing up of course,  but it also has lot to do with the wonderful women around me. We can all have a profound influence on those around us, whether we are aware of it or not.

Not JUST women of course, I had fantastic grandfathers, my dad’s passion for science is unwavering and we can witter for hours (much to the annoyance of others in the room), my husband’s pretty cool, I have some fabulous male colleagues, some of my best friends are men and my brother’s great too (when he’s not making fun of me). But this post is dedicated to all of the strong women in my life:

To my mother who taught me to treat others as I would wish to be treated but also not take any crap…

To my auntie who has more balls than all of the men I know put together…

To my ex-boss of almost six years who always believed in me…

To my colleague from overseas, who (I didn’t fully appreciate at the time) had a profound influence on me…

To my friend who overcame crippling anxiety to move abroad and learn another language…

To my family and friends having careers AND babies…

To my niece who is as feisty as she is cute…

To my students (pretty sure some of whom will change the world)…

And to all the female scientists, engineers, environmentalists, and activists working to make the world a better place…

Thank you, without you this blog would not exist (and I really love writing it!).

Happy International Women’s Day!

 

 

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