As International Women’s Day is this weekend, it’s got us thinking about what the day means to our own women, and how we can get involved.

Here at DuoBoots, our team is made up of women by a vast majority. This is a fact to be celebrated, as we support and encourage women in their careers, may this be starting out from university, or progressing later in life. On this note, we have decided to look to our team, asking them to sum up what the day means to them and how they are celebrating or supporting the cause. We hope their answers inspire and uplift you, coming from an incredibly varied team of women.


Jo, Technical Design Leader

What the cause means to me:

I’m grateful to all the women before me that have helped create a world where I could get a degree, vote and work whilst still being a mum. I also feel that we have a long way to go to achieve these things for women across the world and so International Women’s Day is a great platform for growing awareness!

How I will be celebrating:

As my daughter’s birthday falls the day before IWD, I will be celebrating with a 7 year old’s birthday party, it will be full of music and plenty of cake - sure to be uplifting!

I am inspired by:

My mum! She raised 4 children and has an impressive career. She has achieved that perfect balance between being a courageous and unrelenting businesswoman.

I also would have to say my hubby needs a mention here, as he has never been shy of taking on what is traditionally considered a ‘woman’s role’. I believe that he is doing an awesome job of being a good example to our two boys and thereby doing his bit to make this world a more equal and fairer place.


Eva, Digital Content and Marketing Executive

What the cause means to me:

In my mind, International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of women across the world. This could be their achievements in the past year, century or lifetime. I prefer to use this day to remember the positive acts that women have accomplished!

How I will be celebrating:

A group of us are going away for the weekend, so I will be sure to take a moment to be grateful for the women around me and those who came and fought before us.

I am inspired by:

There are so many women that are an inspiration in their day to day lives and go unrecognised. For instance, nurses, teachers, policewomen - in fact, any female working in the public sector. There are some truly inspirational women who use their platform in a positive way, such as Nadiya Hussain, an amazing role model for Muslim women, mothers, daughters and for mental health awareness.


Fern, Fit Advisor

What the cause means to me:

I think it’s great to celebrate International Women’s Day, as it is a day to focus on equality and to be aware of the inequality that still exists in different cultures.

How I will be celebrating:

Educating the younger generation of the importance of equality for men and women. I will be supporting International Women’s Day myself by donating to a charity called “Bloody Good Period”. This charity ensures refugee women have menstrual supplies which they would not normally have access to www.bloodygoodperiod.com

I am inspired by:

A woman that inspires me the most is my close friend who grew up in a family who were very controlling and strict, denying her any freedom and making her subject to an arranged marriage at an early age. The most inspiring thing is that she said no and is now living freely, educating and inspiring other women to be courageous.


Maeve, Marketing and Communications Executive

What the cause means to me:

I think it’s a great way to celebrate women in the past who have achieved great things to create such a great platform for the women of today. I also think it’s a great day to talk about the things that women are currently achieving in society.

How I will be celebrating:

I will be celebrating with my rugby team, Westbury Ladies RFC. We have a home game and what’s better than getting together with a great group of ladies and getting muddy to celebrate women being incredible?!

I am inspired by:

Successful women in sport… Katie Sowers (NFL coach), Serena Williams, Steph Houghton, Laura Trott, Aly Raisman, to name but a few!


However you are celebrating the occasion, we hope you enjoy yourselves and share the positivity! We’d love to hear how you’re planning on spending the day, or who your female icon is!