The theme for International Women's Day this year is #BeBoldForChange
Women across the world continuously contribute to the social, economic, cultural and political achievements that we see in society today, yet their status and pay doesn't reflect this.
So, this year, the International Women's Day campaign are asking us to, 'call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world - a more gender inclusive world.'
And what better way to get inspired to #BeBoldForChange than by taking a look at some of the most influential Women in the UK to date?
- Emma Watson. - This Hogwarts alumna was named Hollywood’s most highly paid actress by Vanity Fair in 2010, having reportedly earned £20 million in one year alone! As well as her straight-A academic achievements, Watson has raised awareness of gender equality in her renowned HeForShe campaign.
- Deborah Meaden. One of the UK's most successful business-women and star of the BBC series Dragon's Den. From a young age Meaden was determined to have her own business, which certainly paid of, she is leading in many different sectors with an estimated net worth of £40 million.
- Theresa May. First elected in 1997 as Member of Parliament for Maidenhead, May went on to be appointed Chairman of the Conservative Party. When Cameron became Prime Minister in May 2010, May was appointed Home Secretary of the UK and remains to this day.
- Shirley Bassey. Originally finding fame in the mid-1950s, the Welsh vocalist reigns as one of the most popular female singers in Britain. With a career spanning over 60 years, she is best known for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films.
- Jane Brown. Spent her photographic career working for The Observer (since 1949), as a portrait photographer. She shot mainly in black and white and photographed a diverse range of celebrities including Queen Elizabeth II (on her 80th birthday), Woody Allen, John Lennon, Bjork, and Margaret Thatcher amongst others.
- Cara Delevingne. Model, singer and actress Delevingne is set to follow in the footsteps of Twiggy and Kate Moss. She featured in the thriller, The Face of an Angel and period romance film Tulip Fever, and has worked alongside soul and jazz singer/songwriter Will Heard. Exploding onto the scene with over 7 million iInstagramfollowers her dedication to the creative arts is clear.
- J. K. Rowling. With pen names under both J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, this Scottish novelist has gained global recognition. The Harry Potter series has won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies becoming the best-selling book series in history!
- Reverend Lucy Winkett. Former Cambridge theology and Royal College of Music graduate, Winkett trained and was ordained as a priest in 1996. She caused a stir when she was made female Canon Precentor of St Paul's Cathedral, before being appointed Rector of St James's Piccadilly.
- Mary Quant. London fashion designer and British icon, Quant was a great influence to the 1960's mod scene. Her original prints and iconic miniskirt empowered and changed the industry for the decades that followed.
- Louise Martin. A competitive swimmer and a gymnastics team manager, Louise Martin’s leadership was crucial to bringing the Commonwealth Games to Glasgow. She is now vice-chair of the organising committee and the chair of the Sports Scotland board.
Why not have a look at the events in the Manchester Women's Festival.