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”There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama

March 9, 2017

I celebrated International Women’s Day with a group of women from Stoke-on-Trent today.

I talked to the guests at the North Staffordshire YMCA event about my life journey and how I got to where I am  today.

YMCA speaking


I was one of three women speakers working in demanding high profile roles, including Abi Brown, Deputy Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Helen Chadwick from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March every year, has taken the theme of ‘women in the changing world of work’ for 2017.

It is incredibly important that we inspire and empower the women and girls in our communities and beyond to believe they can do anything in today’s society. There should be no limit to their aspirations and ambitions, anything is possible.

I was delighted to share the stage today with two great role models in the form of Abi and Helen who demonstrate every day to girls and women in Staffordshire just what is possible.

A spokesperson from North Staffordshire YMCA said:

‘We wanted to support International Women’s Day, to celebrate all of the amazing women across the world.

‘We partnered with Hanley Park to deliver a range of activities here in Stoke on Trent, and as part of that, we wanted to give women an opportunity to listen to the experiences of others and the challenges that we all face.

‘We are delighted that the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner has joined us and raised the aspirations of women in our local communities’

The event was attended by approximately 50 people from across Stoke-on-Trent from all walks of like.


Here's to strong women

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