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Digital Mums IWD: 12 Awesome Women who inspire us at Digital Mums

IWD: 12 Awesome Women who inspire us at Digital Mums

SO many amazing women, doing amazing things. And so many of them are using social media for the power of good. This International Women’s Day we celebrate 12 of the powerhouse mums that are using social media for good and changing the world one step at a time. We contacted each of them and asked them the same two questions: which women inspire you and in turn how does your community inspire you to keep driving for change? Here are their answers.  

And in true Digital Mums style this is NOT A TOP TWELVE!! There is no way you could choose one of these awesome women over another. And we also know there are a TON of other women that could be on here, share your favourites with us over on our Instagram.

Happy International Women’s Day to our wonderful community. Enjoy reading about just some of the brilliant women that never fail to inspire us...

Jess Phillips MP

Jess Phillips MPLabour MP for Birmingham Yardley and never one to shy away from shouting the loudest for women everywhere.

Women who inspire me: 

“My mom and all her mates in the women's movement are my inspiration. They were always around my house when I was a kid plotting a protest, seeking to get women to stand in local elections and then fighting for them. They did it all in a haze of raucous laughter and love."

How my community inspires me: 

"The people were I live are not blousy or keen on praise, but they just get on with it. Nothing inspires me more than the women in my community who are putting up with crap and still getting up every day to help in their area and make the best of life. I only wish they knew what legends they were, but they don’t so I have to repeatedly tell them!"

Digital Mums IWD: 12 Awesome Women who inspire us at Digital Mums
Jess Phillips

Candice Braithwaite

Candice is founder of #MakeMotherhoodDiverse a campaign taking over Instagram calling for more diversity in advertising campaigns which target parents and Candice is the kick-ass woman behind it all.

Women who inspire me: 

“One of my first inspirations is the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Her commitment to campaigning against ‘the danger of a single story’ is one of the biggest inspirations for the #makemotherhooddiverse campaign. Also her Instagram is solely dedicated to her fashion choices. I love that she is multi-faceted! 

Then there is my Nan. I didn’t realise this until quite recently as I always find her to be quite cold. But she left Barbados at twenty years old with one suitcase and not much else. By 23 she had two children under two, living in one room with my grandfather and working odd jobs whilst fighting systematic racism. And lastly, she’s not a ‘woman’ yet but definitely my daughter. I work hard because there are inequalities I just don’t want her to go through. She is my daily dose of ‘kick up the ass.’ Oh and Oprah...always Oprah!"

How my community inspires me: 

"Mine is a dual community because I’m both black and a woman, and it inspires me by holding me accountable for both the good and the bad. They are also a constant source of inspiration, showing me how to get things done.”

Digital Mums IWD: 12 Awesome Women who inspire us at Digital Mums
Candice Braithwaite - photo by @pooksandgooksphotography

Joeli Brearley

Joeli is founder of Pregnant then Screwed. She is fighting for the rights of working mums every day and providing a safe place for women to tell their stories of maternity discrimination.

Women who inspire me: 

"Laura Bates from Everyday Sexism, was definitely a huge inspiration for PTS. She made me realise the power of stories and that you can't solve what you can't see. Caitlin Moran is my all time favourite feminist. Her honesty is so refreshing and means other women feel less weird for the things we say and do. Plus she is absolutely hilarious.

Instagram has given PTS a whole new community. This community has given me strength and I learn from them every single day. The recent thought-provoking posts from Candice Braithwaite about diversity are genuinely changing things. I've been inspired by her courage, her words, but also the response from other instagram users. It demonstrates the real power that exists when women listen, talk and respect one another."

How my community inspires me: 

"In terms of community, I feel so lucky to have found many women who care deeply about this issue and watching them selflessly support each other is inspiring. Yesterday I received an email from a single, disabled mum who lost her job due to discrimination. She was taking her previous employer to tribunal but wasn't coping with the stress at all. She was suicidal and I felt so helpless. I messaged our team of mentors and they rushed to help and support her, promising me they would ensure she got through this. It was incredible knowing Pregnant Then Screwed had created such a force of brilliant women that we now have the power to help someone through such a serious crisis."

Digital Mums IWD: 12 Awesome Women who inspire us at Digital Mums
Joeli, Pregnant Then Screwed

Anna Whitehouse

Anna, aka Mother Pukka is a parenting blogger extraordinaire and, just like us with the #WorkThatWorks Movement, Anna is fighting every day for everyone to have access to flexible working with her #flexappeal campaign.

Women who inspire me: 

“My daughters, Mae and Eve inspire me every day. The possible change in their future inspires me. If they get to the point of having children in 30 years, say, and don’t have a huge oak door shut in their faces...that’s what keeps me going."

How my community inspires me: 

"They are constantly inspiring me with the results that they get. The people who message to say they pushed for flex and it worked. They work harder, they do better and they are happier. Hearing one family’s life has changed is enough to keep flash dancing in the streets.”

Digital Mums IWD: 12 Awesome Women who inspire us at Digital Mums
Anna aka Mother Pukka

Jo Tutchener-Sharp

Jo is founder of Scamp and Dude. She created Sleep Buddies to help reassure children with ill parents after she underwent brain surgery herself; and then there is the beautiful clothing range!  For every Superhero Sleep Buddy sold another is donated to a vulnerable child. She is currently battling Asda who have apparently stolen her superhero slogan for a copycat range

Women who Inspire Me: 

“I’m inspired by women who work hard to help others, people like Molly Gunn from Selfish Mother, Mother Pukka with her Flex Appeal campaign and Sali Hughes with her Beauty Banks. Having gone through a life changing experience (my brush with death), I came out determined to make a difference and help as many people as I could. What they say about the golden gates is true, when faced with death I definitely evaluated my life and asked myself whether I’d done enough good....Scamp & Dude was born out of that and stays at the heart of my brand.”

How my community inspires me: 

"My community inspires me by supporting me, I find myself unbelievably boosted by the support of my network. I’m going through a difficult time with Asda having used my trademarked slogan on an item of kids clothing. It’s been so hard but the support of the Insta community has been so very helpful, I feel capable of keeping fighting knowing that I have the support of so many people. They are essential.”

Digital Mums IWD: 12 Awesome Women who inspire us at Digital Mums
Jo from Scamp and Dude

Natalie Lee

Natalie is blogger at Style Me Sunday and founder of the #WarriorWomen Project. We love her blog at Digital Mums - fashion with feeling at it’s very heart. And then there is the #WarriorWomanProject that is taking over Instagram with stories of positive body confidence and self acceptance.

Women who inspire me:

"My mum has been a huge source of inspiration - she has shown me what true determination and grit is even through adversity. She is clever and incredibly resourceful. She brought up three girls on her own and went back to university when we were kids and obtained a first class degree. I have also admired Oprah Winfrey for much the same reasons. Despite the pain she rose and has achieved more than any other woman. She has shown the world that black women can succeed, despite the many layers of oppression working against her."

How my community inspires me:

"My community always surprises me - they are so incredibly supportive of everything I do. And they tell me stories of their own lives, that touch my soul. Despite their stature women are strong, women are resilient and women are the epitome of true warriors."

Digital Mums IWD: 12 Awesome Women who inspire us at Digital Mums
Natalie from Style Me Sunday

Molly Gunn

Molly is the founder of Selfish Mother,the blogzine for like-minded women and the infamous FMLY store. Her amazing clothing range that we love so much has so far raised nearly £1 million for charity.

Women who inspire me: 

"I'm super inspired by women who've achieved amazing things and have done it in an inspiring way! I'm inspired by Natalie Massenet who founded Net-a-Porter while raising a young family (having meetings with Investors while breastfeeding). As a lover of words, I've always been inspired by Agatha Christie, who excelled as an author at a time when writing was dominated by men (Guinness World Records says she is the bestselling author of all time). And also I love people who use their public voice for good such as model Adwoa Aboah, whom we worked with during our recent Save The Children Collection campaign."

How my community inspires me: 

"Our community is everything to us, we couldn’t do what we do without them! From our blog writers who are so candid and honest, to our loyal customers and social followers who all chat to each other on our channels, it’s just a great tribe of like-minded parent folk. They’re from all walks of life, have all had different journeys into parenthood. They have each other’s backs and ours - which I love."

Digital Mums IWD: 12 Awesome Women who inspire us at Digital Mums
Molly Gunn
Jo Love

Jo is the founder of online marketplace Lobella Loves. But behind the digital shop front there is much more, Jo has successfully used social media to rapidly build a thriving business designed to make a difference and support mums suffering with mental health issues.

Women who inspire me: 

"There are countless women who provide me with inspiration on a daily basis. In business, it is Molly Gunn the founder of Selfish Mother and The FMLY Store who has raised almost £1m for charities through the sales of her iconic clothes. Not only is she a lovely lady, she is one of the reasons I decided to donate money from every sale to charities supporting maternal mental health. She rocks! Then of course there are the countless women every day who are silently battling mental health conditions while juggling motherhood."

How my community inspires me: 

"The inspiration for my business, my campaigns and the reason for continuing to drive Lobella Loves forward is without doubt these women. It is all the women who contact me in response to hearing my story, to tell me about their own mental health battles. It is the women who come to my events and tell me their stories. It is the many thousands of Mums who relentlessly struggle through the stigma and the loneliness. These women are the reason I carry on, fighting the stigma and pushing to break the silence around mental health issues.”

Digital Mums IWD: 12 Awesome Women who inspire us at Digital Mums

Holly Tucker 

Our wonderful #WorkThatWorks ambassador Holly Tucker is founder of Not on the High Street and Holly and Co, and the UK Ambassador to Creative Small Businesses. She is always championing making and creators and we love her!

Women who inspire me: 

"I am lucky enough to have spent the last 15 years working within the small business creative community, which is filled to the brim of the most supportive, resilient and brilliantly creative women I have ever encountered. I've had a privileged bird's eye view of thousands of incredible female-led businesses being built from the kitchen table (89% of NOTHS businesses are run by women), which in turn has created a thriving network. It is the small business creative community that are the wind beneath my wings, it’s who drive me forward everyday and who I plan to dedicate the rest of my life to - its why I knew I had a bigger calling and they are the sole inspiration behind Holly & Co."

How my community inspires me

"Community not only inspires me, its the lifeblood of Holly & Co and what I believe to be the future. I think that the saying by Margaret Mead (that incidentally is now our motto and proudly hangs on our wall) sums up the power of a community perfectly: "Never doubt that a thoughtful group of committed citizens can change the world, indeed it's the only thing that ever did.""

Digital Mums IWD: 12 Awesome Women who inspire us at Digital Mums

Nicola Rae-Wickham

Nicola Rae-Wickham is the founder of A Life More Inspired, a platform with creativity and wellness at its core. It's designed to help women create with confidence all whilst feeling more comfortable in their own skin.

Women who inspire me: 

"Oprah is obvs up there as she is for so many of us. I am also massively inspired by the women around me from my best friend Nicole to my first coach Suzy Ashworth and then Lauren Derrett who wrote the book Filter Free, Candice Brathwaite on Instagram and Leah and Tamu over at Motherhood RX. I could literally keep on going!"

How my community inspires me: 

"It could be a woman I’m working with intensely through a 1-2-1 session or even a conversation I’m having in the DMs. Hearing women’s stories shows me just how powerful, creative and resourceful they are. Often they can’t see it but I can and I do. My community give me a reason to keep doing what I’m doing, the women I work with have ideas that are going to make an impact not only on their lives but the lives of others and the wider world and that is hugely inspiring."

Digital Mums IWD: 12 Awesome Women who inspire us at Digital Mums

Kate Dyson

Kate Dyson, is the founder of the Motherload an awesome supportive blogzine and community of nearly 60,000 women. It’s the place to share the highs and lows of motherhood in a safe, non-judgemental way.

Women who inspire me: 

"There are so many incredible women that I am inspired by daily - those fighting to make a difference, or contribute to change are the ones that put a fire in my belly. In feminism it's Caitlin Moran, politics Jess Phillips MP, business Siobhan Freegard, entertainment Rose McGowan and the list goes on.

All of those women are topped by my friend, confidante, hero - Eve Canavan, BEM. Eve has turned her own battle with maternal mental health into an incredible force to be reckoned with. She has inspired an Eastenders storyline, created the incredible Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week. She volunteers her time to tirelessly help so many women, online and in person, signposting, directing and assisting when they are low. She has a family, a full-time government job and I have no idea how she does it all but she does because her commitment to women is so incredibly strong."

How my community inspires me: 

"It sounds crass sometimes to say 'oh The Motherload inspires me every day' but it does, in so many ways. First up there is Alison, who I run it with - but who somehow finds hours in the day to edit, nurture and create content for our blog around working her 'day job.' 

I'm inspired by the women on our group; from those who offer kindness and help to other members through notes, postcards and small gifts left in changing rooms etc. to let another mum know she's doing a great job. Or those who are in violent or abusive situations and who battle to leave and restart their whole lives. Or those who come through postnatal depression to help others on the group and urge them to seek help by sharing their own story. But what inspires me the most, is the support women give each other, the way we nurture our relationships and lift each other up from the lowest points through kindness, candid discussion and love. Women can achieve incredible things when we support each other."

Digital Mums IWD: 12 Awesome Women who inspire us at Digital Mums
Kate Dyson

Vickie Neave 

Vickie Neave from In No Particular Order. She makes a lovely print and we all got behind her in January as she ran every day with awesome women and her community began to grow.

Women who inspire me: 

"Firstly my Nanny Joan. Just a funny old soul who was not frightened to speak her mind. I sometimes wish I could be so bold. A massive inspiration to me is Hayley Southwood of @southwoodstores and @southwoodsocialhub - she has taught and empowered me beyond measure. The woman is a creative powerhouse. A force, yet one of the most compassionate and friendly souls. Such a rarity. I love her a lot. Not a little. A whole lot!"

How my community inspires me:

"I am inspired daily by the Instagram community. There is so much depth beyond the squares if you just allow yourself to dig a little. Inspired to be strong, be brave, to believe and to try and connect and inspire."

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