International Women’s Day | The Women We Admire

Happy International Women’s Day from the women of Flying Camel! As a female-run company, we believe in gender equality and empowering women to pursue their dreams. We asked the women of Flying Camel to share what International Women’s Day means to them and the women in their lives who inspire them the most. Read on to hear what they had to say.


Leanne Wood

I’ve lived in a time and in a country where women, for the most part, have had equal opportunity to men. I’ve never felt that being a woman hindered my choices or career in any way. In my mind, IWD is for the women out there who have not had the same opportunity. Those who are at a disadvantage because of their gender, those who encounter fear, those who need to constantly protect their children, those who achieve only after much personal struggle. For me, IWD makes me step back to acknowledge and celebrate their journeys and perseverance. 


Erin McKay

The women’s rights movement is something near and dear to my heart. I’m a proud feminist. IWD is a day to celebrate how far women have come with gender equality – it’s hard to believe that just over 100 years ago was when we were able to vote. How does Beyoncé say it? “Who run the world?” Girls!

If I had to pick a woman who inspires me the most, I would pick my late mother. She was an incredible person who gave me life but unfortunately was taken too soon. She was a fighter with her health and fought to the bitter end. She taught me how to smile, how to be kind, and how to stand for what’s right. But most importantly, she gave me my voice which becomes more and more powerful every day.


Shirley Howarth

International Women’s Day is a day to be thoughtful of the accomplishments, and the trials of women everywhere. I admire my colleagues and my sisters. Those are my best supporters and who challenge me to be and do my best.


Madison Biancucci

International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the millions of women around the world who continue to pave the way for future generations. It is a day to recognize how hard women work, every day, to prove that we are equally as qualified and successful as our male counterparts. 

I am so lucky to be surrounded by strong and successful women; my grandmother’s, my sister, my future mother-in-law and my mom have all helped shape the woman I am today. 

My mom is someone who inspires me the most. She immigrated from Croatia to New York knowing very little English, earned a degree in economics and moved to Hamilton when she met my dad. She balanced raising a family, being a wife, and taking care of her mother while commuting to Toronto for over 35 years where she worked as a Senior Manager of Corporate Real-Estate(Global) with BMO. She showed me that women can be successful in the business world without having to sacrifice raising a family. She taught me to be true to myself, to always speak up and to work hard.


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Kimberley Williamson

International Women’s Day to me, is an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and achievements of the hardworking women in our lives. 

In my home life, I am inspired by my mom, her intuition, work ethic, and her cookie-baking skills are unmatched.

Professionally, I’m inspired by the leaders I get to work with every day: Leanne Wood (and I’m not just saying that for the brownie points), Sherry Qualls, and Veronika Eagleson. I learn something new from each of these women every time we talk – which is often!

There are so many trailblazing women who have impacted my life but perhaps none more so than Ruth Bader Ginsberg. When asked by the New York Times how she found balance between her law school studies and motherhood she said, “Each part of my life provided respite from the other and gave me a sense of proportion.” I like to think of that quote often when I’m feeling pulled in a million directions; it reminds me to focus on the task at hand and that it’s possible to enjoy being a busy mom and a professional.


Olivia Jackson

To me, #WomensDay is all about celebrating women and what it means to be a woman. It’s also about remembering how far we’ve come and recognizing how far we still need to go when it comes to rights, equality, and inclusivity.

I’m inspired by the women in my life I’m closest to. My Nonna, my aunts and especially my mom have all had a hand in shaping the person and the woman I’ve become through their own thoughts, advice, stories, and experiences. Beyond family, my best friend is truly like the sister I never had and constantly imprints my life with endless support, kindness, and love in a way that is so quiet yet so profound. It is them that inspire me to continue being exactly who I am today.


Marnie Ivanich

As a mother of a 9 yo girl, it’s a reminder to her (and everyone) that women bring just as much to whatever role they are in as men.  We are equal. Wait…but men don’t get to experience childbirth so maybe we are stronger? 🙂

I’m in the middle of my 2nd podcast around the challenges women have been dealing with as a result of the #MeToo movement and I’m in awe of the courage some of these women have to come forward with their story and not back down with their truth because of things that are bigger than they are.  Despite what they went through, they remained strong and came out knowing they stood for what they believed in. To me – that is something every woman should do for themselves – no matter what the situation may be.


Rachel Coakwell

International Women’s Day is about recognizing and celebrating all of the hardships that women have overcome in our history, where we’ve been, and where we want to go. I hope that society continues on a path toward equality to give women a voice and a better future for all. 

Every day, I am inspired and empowered by all of the incredible women I am surrounded by. I am blessed with an amazing family of strong, independent women, a circle of brave and supportive friends, and kind, intelligent colleagues. My mom and aunt have always been hard-working career women while also balancing being the primary family caretaker. They have empowered me to pursue my dreams, be more aggressive in my career, ask for what I want and not let anything hold me back. 


Grace Hyslop

This is a day to recognize women who inspire us, but also to remember how far things have come and how much farther we have to go. International Women’s Day is about more than praising women for being the bosses they are. To me, it’s about using the platforms and voices we have to help as many other women as possible.

Right now, I’m really inspired by the work Sarah Landry is doing with her podcast, The Papaya Podcast, and her body-positive, and overall inclusive Instagram community. I love that she built her platform at a time when she needed it the most, and now she’s using that same platform and her voice to educate and help other women find self-love and acceptance.

Posted Mar 6, 2020 Category: