This International Women’s Day, we want to shift the focus away from the amazing PR work we do and talk about the women that have influenced us all at Viva towers, whether they be family, public figures or historical icons, it’s time to give it up for the girls!
Nic | Junior Accounts Executive
The biggest influence in my life is my mum. As cheesy as it is to pick your mum as your hero, mine is truly wonderful. She taught me to be strong, self-sufficient, hard-working and not to take anyone’s rubbish. I’ve watched her grow as a person over the past ten years, and to say I’m proud of her is an understatement.
I also think Mary I was one of the best women in history and is severely underrated as a historical figure. I actually wrote my dissertation on how she was a successful Queen in the Tudor period, and definitely deserves more recognition.
Helen | Accounts Executive
My ‘nomination’ is Mrs Maureen Morris.
She was a lecturer at Blackpool and the Fylde college when I was there. She didn’t actually teach me but in typical Mo style, she was friends with all the students in the Design and Illustration depts. Maureen is one of the best artists I have ever know and she has exhibited in London and a large gallery in Glastonbury – and on both occasions I was in a couple of the paintings.
Over recent years she hasn’t been in the best of health and survived a terrible car crash a couple of years ago. Despite this we still meet up regularly and put the world to rights over many cups of tea. Since I have known her she has always given me countless words of wisdom, helped me through some bad times, and shared good times too. She’s always there when I need her.
Love her lots.
Alan | Business Development Manager
My inspiration is my ex-weaver Grandma Stuttard, who never travelled further than Blackpool. She taught me three simple lessons in life:
- If you leave home every day with a clean handkerchief and a shiny pair of shoes you won’t go far wrong.
- Never tell a lie. Tell one and you will forever have to lie to cover up the one you told before. Eventually no one believes you.
- Look after your pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.
- And finally: don’t wash your hair every day otherwise it will fall out. (She was wrong on that one!)
Amy | Freelance Accounts Executive
I’m inspired by Michelle Obama – mainly because I’m reading her autobiography at the moment and have discovered that she’s way more than just a former FLOTUS!
She’s a great role model for girls today – less selfies, more smart, inspirational thinking. (She also once whizzed past me in blacked out car in London so I *almost* feel like we’re friends…)
Hannah | Accounts Manger
Emmeline Pankhurst continues to inspire me – her legacy lives on in Manchester especially and I think that’s why I identify with her. Standing up for what she believed in makes her a legend and when Longfella mentioned her in ‘This is the Place’ at the vigil after the Manchester bomb, I managed a proud smile through my tears:
“That this is the place that has helped shape the world
And that this the place where a Manchester girl
Name of Emmeline Pankhurst from the streets of Moss Side
Led a Suffragette City with sisterhood pride”
So which women inspire you? Here’s to strong women, eh?
Nic | Junior Accounts Executive