International Women's Day 2017: The women we admire

Celebrated each year on March 8, today is International Women's Day.

Monday, 6th March 2017, 5:20 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:08 am
Today is International Women's Day. Who do you admire, and why?

The worldwide celebration marks the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women - and this year's campaign calls on people across the globe to #BeBoldForChange to help in creating a more inclusive, gender equal world.

So today, we're taking a moment to talk about the women we admire, and why.

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Who are yours?

Sophie Brownson, senior reporter: My mum Francine Brownson. At 18 when I moved to Wales to take on my first job as a journalist I was apprehensive, but she was the one who told me how important it was to spread my wings and take a chance. It was a decision I have never regretted and it is down to her constant support in all aspects of my life that has made me who I am today.

Debra Fox, social media editor: Actress Julianne Moore. While I admire Julianne's talent, I especially respect her readiness to take on challenging roles with an important message for the wider world. Her portrayal of Alice Howland in 2014's Still Alice was particularly poignant in spreading awareness of early onset Alzheimer's disease. It was honest, accurate and totally heartbreaking.

Gary Oliver, head of news: Margaret Aspinall and Anne Williams. They were two mums who suffered the heartbreaking loss of loved ones at the Hillsborough disaster and who showed incredible courage, devotion and dignity in the long quest to get justice for those who died that fateful day, and their families left behind.

International Women's Day is celebrated each year on March 8.

Verity Ward, senior reporter: My nanna Elizabeth 'Betty' Noble, who passed away aged 90, just over 10 years ago. She wasn't much taller than five foot, but she was full of pearls of wisdom and taught me many great life lessons. At 16 she informed a worried me, when I had my first ever interview for a Saturday job: "Nobody is better than yourself."

At 18 she said: "When drink is in, wit is out." (She used to own the Wooden Dolly pub in North Shields in the 1940s/early 50s so experienced many a drunken plonker).

At 20 she offered: "Never depend on a man for anything - do it yourself." (She was married to my very nice grandfather - but he was at sea at awful lot in the Merchant Navy). I try to apply all three rules whenever possible."

Gary Welford, digital editor: Siouxsie Sioux. One of the small group of women who made sure that the initial stirrings of punk rock weren't just one big boys' club. She formed her own band, The Banshees, became a style icon for countless young women and was arguably the first modern-day Goth. She made sure women's voices were heard in a male-dominated industry.

Julianne Moore accepts her Oscar for Still Alice. Picture: AP.

Follow the conversation on International Women's Day 2017 by searching #IWD2017 and #BeBoldForChange on Twitter. For more information about the campaign, click here.

International Women's Day is celebrated each year on March 8.
Julianne Moore accepts her Oscar for Still Alice. Picture: AP.