Liverpool is full of strong and accomplished women who make us all proud. But Today, in honour of International Women’s Day, we’re taking a look at a selection of Liverpool women who have challenged establishments to fight for equality and fairness, earned amazing achievements and won prestigious awards... GIRL POWER!

No list, no matter how long, could communicate the contribution that Liverpool’s women have made and continue to make this day. But here are five Liverpool ladies who have certainly stood out amongst the crowd...

Margaret Aspinall

Margaret Aspinall is our modern day inspirational scouser. She fought for justice with the Hillsborough campaign for a quarter of a century. Margaret was the driving force as the Chair of the Hillsborough Family support group through decades-long legal battles and inquests.

The campaign finally exposed the truth behind the football disaster in April 2016, following years of smears from the press and police cover-ups.

Margaret and the other family members of the 96’s strength, determination and resilience throughout is an inspiration to us all. They challenged establishments and legal systems to fight for justice.

Nisha Katona

Former Barrister, author, chef and founder of Indian street food restaurants, Mowgli, Nisha Katona has taken her beloved creation from single Liverpool outlet to multiple UK cities, and the list is getting bigger.

Nisha is serious about her food, and it shows. Whilst most of us leave our hobbies as exactly that, Nisha made the decision to walk away from a highly successful, two-decade career as a Barrister to make Mowgli happen. Today, running the business, something she spends 18 hours most days doing, is like “breathing” to her.

Within weeks of the street food eatery opening its doors in Liverpool, there was an exciting investment offer on the table to make Mowgli a national brand. Mowgli has grown exceptionally fast since its founding in 2014, and this is perhaps owing to Nisha’s overwhelming passion for her business and her desire to keep a close eye on each and every element of it.

There are now 4 Mowgli franchises in the UK, and two more currently being built in Oxford and Leeds. Nisha’s determination, dedication and passion is inspiring to us all, and we love that it started off in our city!

Sam Quek MBE

Sam Quek MBE is a British field hockey player from Wirral, Merseyside. She plays defender for both England and Great Britain hockey teams and won gold as part of the British team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro... this being the first ever Women's Hockey gold medal for Great Britain. Amazing! 

As well as this, Sam also won European Championship medals at London 2015 and Boom 2013, and picked dup a silver in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. Sam was awarded an MBE as part of the 2017 New Years Honours List for her services to Hockey and achievements on the field.

Beth Tweddle MBE

Beth Tweddle was the first female gymnast from Great Britain to win a medal at the Olympic Games, European Championships and World Championships. Beth began competing in gymnastics at the age of seven, and moved to the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club in 1997. Her medals haul started at the 2002 Commendwealth Games where she collected Gold and two Silvers. Over the next decade, she would go on to win over 20 more Gold medals, competing all over the world in major competitions.

Beth was included in the 2010 New Years Honours List, and recieved and MBE for her success, commitment and training for the 2012 games.

Since retiring from competitive gymnastics, she has taken on a variety of media and sporting work. Beth is director and and ambassador of ‘Total Gymnastics’, which provides the opportunity for as many children as possible to take up gymnastics within schools and leisure centrwes to develop sport around the country. Beth is also a patron of Alder Hey Children's Hospital Charity, raising money for life saving medical equipment and facilities.

Angie Redhead

Angie began to make waves working in the overseas travel industry when she began work for TUI in 1993. During her thirteen years with the company she progressed into various management roles across the world, developing new products, resorts and destinations as well as involvement in the TUI cruise programme.

Angie returned home to Liverpool in 2005 to become the Cruise Development Manager for Liverpool City Council, overseeing development, construction and operation of the cruise liner terminal which stands proudly today on the World Heritage Waterfront.

Career highlights include the official opening of Liverpool Cruise Terminal by Cunard’s QE2, the inaugural visit of Queen Mary 2, and the ‘Three Queens’ event – a spectacular meeting of the Cunard fleet in May 2015, an event Angie was instrumental in securing and subsequently project managing; the event was attended by over 1 million spectators on the banks of the Mersey and was viewed by a global audience as the ships ‘River Dance’ was streamed live around the world.

Angie took up the newly created role of Head of City Assets in 2017 and is now responsible for iconic Liverpool City Halls, St Georges Hall and Town Hall as well as Liverpool Tourist Information Centre, in addition to Liverpool Cruise Terminal.

We sometimes take it for granted that women are equal to men. We all have mothers, sisters, daughters and friends who contribute to our lives and society in immeasurable ways. But gender inequality is a global issue which still remains all over the world.

International Women’s Day serves many purposes, but one of them is to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their country and community, hopefully inspiring other people to do the same.
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This blog has been written by Caitlin Cunningham, Digital Marketing Executive at Marketing Liverpool. You’ll see her posting everything Liverpool on our Twitter, Facebook & Instagram accounts and on our blogs. Caitlin is 24 years old and loves music, dogs and a good gin and tonic.



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