International Women’s Day Blogging Challenge Roundup 1

The blog posts written for the International Women’s Day challenge are written by women with something to say.  As well as running a business everyone is in relationship – as a daughter, neighbour, granddaughter, parent – so the posts cover a wide variety of subjects but all relate to women.

In this round up we cover the issue of why women are not speaking up in public, the loss of a neighbour, fond memories of a loved grandmother, being a role model for children, the importance of gratitude, and the perennial question of why there are not more female entrepreneurs.

We hope you will read, enjoy and comment!

Lyn Roseaman  “Speak and claim your voice”

Women are half the world’s population, but they are not half the world’s public voice. For myriad complex reasons from being too busy with other responsibilities to oppressing perfectionism, women are not taking up opportunities to speak in public, they are not presenting themselves as published experts and they are hiding their light under a bushel.

History tells us that women don’t have the right to speak in public.  Read more on Lyn’s blog

Sue Williams  “The Gift of a Smile”

So often, we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. Our thoughts, contained within our own little bubble that dominates our world. Our own concerns, worries and issues connected to our circumstances, and of those near and dear to us, whirling through our minds. Often, we act on auto pilot so as to cope with the myriad tasks that constitute our hum drum days.

How often do we stop to notice the little things? A kindly gesture, a smile, a wave? Shared connection, perhaps fleeting, but none the less powerful for that.  Read about Sue’s neighbour

Jenny Yung  “About my Granny”

There are many really inspirational women I could write about, some I admire, some have inspired and helped me, but today I’d like to talk about my gran, on my mum’s side, always known as Granny to myself and my sister but Granma to my children, and we were all very close to her.

Sybil May Clark always hated her first name, and was only ever known as May,

Read more about Jenny’s Granny

Alison Joshi  “Happy International Women’s Day Let’s Inspire the next generation”

When I was growing up I wasn’t aware of the sexist attitudes that surrounded me until I got to secondary school. I grew up in a household of women, my Mum and Dad had three daughters (myself included) and my Dad was not one to adhere to stereotypes. He cooked dinners, helped with housework and did the washing.

I remember when I passed my driving test that my Dad knew that it was important for me to know how to check the oil in my car and how to change a tyre. In our house it was never about a ‘girls’ job or a ‘boys’ job it was just a job. Read more about Alison’s approach with her children

Nina Lenton  “Gratitude on International Women’s Day”

I decided to take up a blog challenge to write something for International Women’s Day (IWD), but wasn’t sure I’d have time. And then the day before IWD I had a conversation which led to me committing to write stuff again, just in a small way for now. So this seems like the perfect opportunity to get back on the horse……

I was originally planning to write something different and in-depth, but I am limited on time. So instead I’m going to share some things I’m grateful for  See what Nina is grateful for

Tanya Ces Maneiro   “Female Entrepreneurs – Time for a Change!”

In 2015 I started my own coaching business.

When I first came up with the idea, I thought it was a great option because it meant I could work flexibly around looking after my daughter whilst also following my passion to help people lead more fulfilling lives. I then started to feel apprehensive and wasn’t sure it was something that I’d be able to do. I didn’t know any other women who were running their own business and I didn’t know where to start.

Luckily I had the help of a career coach, men and women I met whilst networking and also my local government business start up programme. With that support (along with lots of hard work!) I’m still here 3.5 years later, with a growing business and enjoying the ride!    See Tanya’s post on Linked in


We hope this has inspired you to pick up the pen or the keyboard.



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Jean Wolfe

As an established marketer, writer and radio broadcaster, Jean Wolfe helps women to speak up for their way of doing business. She is the "wordsmith" of the Attract Readers trio, and is fascinated by the fact that blogging is a more enjoyable and authentic way to market a business. Her practical and down to earth writing tips are a big asset to the Attract Readers e-courses.

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