International Women’s Day: Inspiration from ordinary women

Mar 7, 2024 | 2 comments |

International Women’s Day is March 8 during what is also Women’s History Month in many countries.

It’s a day to recognize women’s achievements, particularly in ways that have made a positive difference to society or for women and girls (for example, women’s contributions during both World Wars and winning the right to vote).

While I acknowledge and appreciate the trailblazing women who have come before me, many ordinary women have also inspired me.

Here are four things these “unsung heroines” have taught me.

Putting the kettle on for a cuppa makes life better

From my British female family and friends, I learned the restorative power of a cup of tea.

In life crises big and small, ‘I’ll put the kettle on’ is for me synonymous with listening, caring and meaningful conversations.

Women writers need other women writers

Throughout my writing career, I’ve been blessed with a supportive community of other women authors.

These women encourage me when things go wrong and are my cheerleaders when I succeed.

They inspire and console me and are there for me in writing and life, keeping me going in the roller-coaster business of publishing.

Writing is rewriting

Long before I wrote fiction for publication, while studying at a British university I wrote a postgraduate thesis.

At the circa twenty-fifth draft of an especially troublesome chapter, my research supervisor, one of a few women then in a senior academic role, said that rewriting wasn’t only making the work stronger.

It was also making me stronger.

I still hold to that advice personally and professionally.

Motherly wisdom…for Mothering Sunday

This coming Sunday, 10 March, is British Mother’s Day. Since English Rose was born in England it’s a time to celebrate my ‘mum life.’

However, I also celebrate the wisdom I gleaned from my own mother.

From ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ to ‘roll with the punches,’ my late mother’s voice is still woven through my daily life.

Along with ‘good manners never go out of style’ and ‘stand tall, say what you mean and don’t mumble,’ her wise words stand the test of time.

And finally a writing update…

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  1. Heidi Vanstone

    I”m especially thankful, on International Women’s Day, for all the influential women who have made me into who I am today. Big or small, overtly or subtly, their positive role modelling continues to push be to be the very best version of myself. Thanks, Jen, for being one of those “influencers” in my life!

    • Jen Gilroy

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Heidi, and expressing gratitude for the influential women in your life. I’m touched and honoured to be one of them.


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