Women who inspire us

On International Women’s Day, women across the world come together to recognise inequalities – while also celebrating the achievements of the women who have overcome barriers in their lives.

The fantastic women at Sensat have put together a list of women who have truly made a positive difference and inspire us every day.

Rosalind Franklin

Hannah Poole, People Operations Lead

Rosalind Franklin was an expert crystallographer who is best known for her work on images of DNA, particularly Photo 51, which allowed her fellow scientists to discover the double helix nature of DNA. Despite her work being undeniably critical to the understanding of DNA, she did not receive a Nobel Prize (unlike the other scientists who worked on the project).

Bryony Gordon

Amanda Sears, Head of Finance

Bryony Gordon is a journalist and writer who speaks honestly about her own experience with mental health. She recently wrote a book for teenage girls aiming to boost their self-esteem and confidence by sharing her experiences. Like me, she’s not a record-breaking runner but runs regularly for the mental benefits. Unlike me, she often does so in her underwear to highlight that exercise is for everyone.

Michelle Obama

Hilary Shao, Project Engineer

During her time as FLOTUS, she launched many initiatives that were aimed towards providing the best opportunities for future generations. Initiatives such as ‘Let Girls Learn’ and ‘Reach Higher’ are dedicated to ensuring girls around the world have access to education and encouraging more young people to take on education past high school.

A relevant quote of hers that particularly resonates with me – “When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity… you do not slam it shut behind you… you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.” A value that should be more widely observed and one that I hope to contribute to.

Katinka Hosszú

Erika Arnoczki, Test Engineer

World, European and Olympic champion Hungarian swimmer. She was the first swimmer (male or female) to hold world records in all five individual medley events at the same time. She holds two-thirds of the Hungarian national records, was named FINA Swimmer of the Year in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018, and won a Swammy Award for Female Swimmer of the Year in 2013.

She is a role model to me for being an amazing athlete as well as a successful businesswoman who will always stand up for herself and the principles she is representing (even if it goes against the Hungarian Swimming Federation). It’s not a coincidence that she is also known as “Iron Lady”.

Coco Chanel

Kirsten Ingeneeger, Marketing Manager

Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer and the founder of the Chanel brand. She was also the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Through her fashion, she has completely changed the definition of fashion for women in the 1920s. In an industry that was mostly dominated by men, Coco Chanel dared to be different and think outside the box. She created fashion styles that had been previously unthinkable for women and inspired women to abandon the complicated, uncomfortable clothes of the 19th century.

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