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International Women's Day On Yorkshire Coast

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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:57am 8th March 2018. (Updated at 10:55am 8th March 2018)

We have been talking to prominent women on the Yorkshire Coast - finding out what they think about women in today's society.

Today is International Women's Day (March 8th) which is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Tracy Calcraft is Fundraising and Marketing Director at St Catherine's.

She says women are achieving more at work:

Susan Richings is Managing Director of SWC Trade Frames in Eastfield.

She says things have changed:

Collette is from Collette Tyler's School of Dance in Bridlington, and tells us if there is a gap in society:


The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality.

International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​March 8th​ ​IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

Prior to this the​ Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom's Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women equality.

Tracy added:

It's really hard to think about one person who is my inspiration and I think that's perhaps the testament of the day and age we live in.

Recently, I've been really inspired by our local Mayoress Cherry.

It was fabulous to see her dealing with the challenge she's personally facing with such adversity.

I certainly wouldn't want to have my hair shaved off, so hat's off to her.


Susan said:

I really admired pioneer Amelia Earhart, the American Aviator and Author who won the Distinguished Flying Cross to be the first woman to fly solo across Atlantic Ocean in 1932.

To achieve this, she must have possessed such endurance, strength of character and self confidence and abundance.

Not only that, Amelia started a career counselling service for women only and formed an organisation called The Ninety-Nines - a women only organisation to encourage them to become pilots.

Chocks away to her!



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