I must start off by saying that it is no longer 1972 and I am not sure that here in the West we need an International Women's Day anymore (why no Men's Day if all is equal). I do know there is a huge way to go before we have totally equal rights with men and are treated the same way but a day just for us feels dated to me. Anyhow, I still want to pay tribute to two women who have inspired me. THANK YOU!

ELSIE AMELIE PECK (1910-1989)

My paternal grandmother who used to offer up these gems of wisdom: It isn't always dark at 8pm; Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you; Walk into a room with your head held high and no one will know you are terrified; God's good and the devil isn't so bad if you treat him right; You cannot live on love alone; Do not worry about being tall or short as men and women are all the same size once in bed; You cannot put old heads on young shoulders; Any silly bugger can work for nowt; There is nothing wrong with eating white bread and strawberry jam all day... 

Plus if I ever said 'What shall I do?' she would always reply with 'Pee in your shoe...' which as a child was obviously the most hilarious statement ever.

ANN PECK 

My mother. Too much to write here but work-wise she is up there in the inspiration stakes. She went to night school when my brother S and I were little and managed to get lots of 'O' and 'A' Levels. She then went to university when I was 11 and got a history degree and then did a post-graduate certificate of education at Cambridge University. She then became a teacher for twenty-five years. Amazing.

Picture below: My mother is far left and my grandmother (my father's mother) is far right with my brother and I in the middle. I am sure you are all coveting my pink trouser suit...


Who has inspired you in your life? Do let me know as I love to hear from you.

Love Lovely x