Why we're celebrating International Women's Day on the 8th March
You don't have to have discovered radium, campaigned for women's right to vote or become the first female head of state to be celebrated on International Women's Day.
Whilst there's no doubt that Marie Curie, Emmeline Pankhurst and Sirimavo Bandaranaike deserve recognition on the day that women (and men) throughout the world pay tribute to women's achievements, no matter how pioneering, trailblazing or ordinary they happen to be, this is a day for all women to recognise how far we've come – and how far we still have to go.
This year, more than ever, women are at the top of political agendas across the world. This is the year that is marked by some monumental moments for women. We've seen women fighting back against bullying, harassment and for equal pay (#MeToo, #TimesUp, #EqualPay), saluted those that paved the way to women getting the vote 100 years ago on the 8th February (#100years) and cheered on women in Saudi Arabia who have recently won the right to be able to drive their own cars.
No matter how big or how small these battles have been, they are all important as they remind us that it was only 100 years ago that women had very few rights – and that there are still women all over the world who are enslaved.
My sister, Pauline, and I founded our company with the understanding that we were both bringing very different skill sets and life experiences to the business. And it's these differences that have made Frances Prescott and our first product, Tri-Balm, what it is. Not only have we both contributed creatively and entrepreneurially to make our brand a success, we have learned from each other – and had such an amazing (and enjoyable) journey on the way.
And for us, that's what International Women's Day is all about. It's a much-needed reminder that all of us need to work together, regardless of our gender, social status, political beliefs, religion or colour. So let's celebrate together. Happy International Women's Day to you all!