Internationals Womens Week

International Womens Day, Monday 15th of March is a day to celebrate Women all over the world. We asked some of our staff and learners to let us know which women inspired them!

April Thirlaway – MPC Regional Manager

I am inspired by  the Queen –  Elizabeth II, in full Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, officially Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of her other realms and territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, (born April 21, 1926, London, England), queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from February 6, 1952. In 2015 she surpassed Victoria to become the longest-reigning monarch in British history. She is by far the most respected monarch who has seen the UK change in so many ways during her reign but has remained cool, calm and collected! A woman  I will always admire.


 Elaine Franks – MPC Administrator

The most inspirational women in my life are my mother and my daughter, Morgan.  My mother has brought me up to be a strong and independent woman to always have respect and  empathy for others, I believe she has instilled great values in me as she has taught me to always be fair and honest and treat people as I would like to be treated.

My daughter is kind, intelligent and has amazing integrity.  Morgan is passionate about the things she believes in., she believes in women’s rights and is an advocate for the cause as well as many other causes. She is never afraid to express her opinions but is also appreciative of the beliefs of others.  Morgan is empathetic to others and will always root for the underdog.   I learn from both my Mother and my daughter every day.

They never cease to amaze and inspire me!!


MPC Scarborough

The woman who inspires me the most is my mom, not only because she’s my mom but because she’s mentally and physically strong. After she got hit by a car she was still the strongest woman I know. After her leg was amputated my mom was still as strong as ever. She never gave up and never lost hope, this is why my mom is the most inspiring to me. I hope to be like her at some point, to never quit and never lose hope.


Anita Dobson – Quality and curriculum Manager

Women who inspire me are those that refuse to accept inequality and abuse and make themselves heard. Women who speak out and tell their truths about sexual abuse and violence, unequal pay, the right to vote, the right to express their opinions, the right to an education and the right to have the same freedoms and choices as men.

Women who challenge the media on the sexualisation and stereotyping of women also inspire me because girls today are fed so much nonsense about how they should look, what they should wear, how they should speak, what they should weigh and what they should eat. We need more women like this who can teach girls to celebrate their uniqueness, cherish their friendships, support each other instead of criticising each other and aspire to be more than just a selfie with a filter!

Women who inspire me have integrity, dignity, confidence, strength, conviction and passion.


A Shepherdson – MPC York

The main person that has inspired me would be my mum because she has always been there for me and even though we have arguments she always forgives me. Especially the last few years she’s supported me and helped me not give up on my goals even if they feel like they’re not getting closer she always pushes me and reminds me that I need to keep going, she’s always been there for me when my appeals for the army have come back declined she just says keep trying and won’t let me give up. During the first lockdown I was struggling allot with getting use to the way we have to do things and losing a job during, but my mum was there to help me and just support me and listen to me if I needed to cry or even just to rant, she was there she is my rock and she’s the main person I rely on.

Another person who inspires me would be my co-worker and gymnastics coach as she works long hours when we are coaching and she’s at the gymnastics club pretty much every day whether she’s only there for the night or all day and night she doesn’t let anything get her down and even if she does, she just puts It to one side and get on with everything. She is always there for me and everyone else there. when I’m at the gymnastics club whether I’m coaching, or I am training she will listen to me and help me if I need something or someone to talk to. She has told me multiple times when we are coaching that no matter how hard it gets just take a step back and look at what’s going on and take a breath and think of the next few steps that you can take weather you need to go back a few steps go forward a few more or even start over again it will never be the end of the world and that is always in my head and has helped me allot with everything that I do because I just take a breath and think and look at what I could do.


Julie Weatherill – Functional skills Tutor – MPC York

Jane Tomlinson always springs to mind when I am asked about inspirational people.

Having read her books ‘Luxury of Time’ and You Can’t Take It With You’  I could not help but be full of admiration for a women who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and went on to complete challenges which would test those of us who consider themselves fit.  To most of us these would seem impossible for someone with terminal cancer.

In 1990, aged 26, Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer and by 2000 she was told that the cancer had spread and that she had at the most 12 months to live.

She raised over £1.8m by completing long distance bike rides, marathons, triathlons and a full ironman triathlon.  In 2006 Jane cycled over 4,000 miles across the United States over a nine week period; this was to be her final challenge.   In recognition she was given the CBE.

Her determination to carry on and continue to set herself goals doing something worthy is truly inspirational.

Jane lost her life to cancer on 03/09/2007 but her legacy goes on through the Jane Tomlinson       ‘Run for All’ which we see each year around the country.

Her lasting legacy is the Jane Tomlinson ‘Run for All’ which takes place every year around the country.


A Kilner – MPC Barnsley

The inspirational woman I would like to write about is my mum.

My mum brought me and my younger brother up on her own whilst holding down a high-powered job. She has supported me through my applications for the Army and secondly more successfully for the Royal Navy.

During the last 12 months of the Covid19 pandemic she has had to shield and been confined to our home the only time she has left the house was to go to the doctors or hospital.  Throughout all this time she has worked from home until recently when she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.  Thankfully she has had a major operation to remove this and is now well on the way to recovery.

Throughout all of this time she always see’s the positive side and supports myself and my brother whilst going through so much herself.      To me, my mum is an absolute inspiration.


D Rollins – MPC Hartlepool

Valentina Tereshkova

First women to ever to go space!

“If women can be railroad workers, then why can’t they fly in space?”

Valentia Tereshkova was only 26 years old when she had taken her first flight into space.  She had launched on the Vostok 6 mission on June 16th 1963. Her journey had lasted 3 days. It was also only 60 years after the first manned space flight. It has been 55 years since she became the first women in space. It had also taken 20 years before another woman had flown into space.

Valentina was a former textile worker from the Soviet Union which then became the first women to ever in space. She has orbited the earth 48 times. Valentina put the previous four American astronauts which where all men to shame with their combined total off 36. Not only had that she logged more flight time than the total combined times of every American astronaut who had flown before her.

This just goes to show that if someone has a dream and really wants it they can go out and achieve it. Every person was against Valentia as it was not known for women to do such things but she didn’t listen and she followed through with what she wanted to do and accomplished it. If you have a dream go out and get it don’t let anybody tell you, you can’t do it because you can.


MPC Scarborough

The woman that has inspired me most while growing up is my Nanna. I know that’s just the obvious thing to say as she’s a part of my family; however she is a true inspiration.

My Nanna grew up in the 50’s, having an older sister and four older brothers meaning she is the youngest of six. In these times, they were still on rations due to the consequences of World War 2 so being a large family meant there was less to eat. However, she still managed to share a mars bar between 6 of them. My Nanna isn’t the brightest spark and she had to resist her exams, but she never had a job that required her to use these qualifications. She has told me she had several jobs, one being a lolly pop lady and she managed to get in the newspaper for it. Now she works with children in a nursery at the age of 68 which she has been doing since my sister was born.

I find my nanna inspiring because it shows you that you don’t have to have the most top end job to have a way of life. Even doing a job you love makes everything more enjoyable. Money doesn’t mean happiness; it just helps you along the way so you are able to live. I am really close with my Nanna as she has always had an interest in my life and has always supported me with everything and I hope one day I can do the same for her or even someone else.


J Poor – MPC Scarborough

I am inspired by Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman was born in March 1822 roughly and died on March 10 1913 aged 90-91. Harriet was born enslaved in Dorchester County, Maryland. She was beaten and whipped as a child, in early in life she suffered a traumatic head wound. The injury caused Harriet to have dizziness, pain, and spells of hypersomnia. Later on in life Harriet began experiencing strange visions and vivid dreams. In 1849 Harriet escaped to freedom. The reason why Harriet Tubman inspires me is because after her escape she didn’t stop she kept going back to free more slaves using the Underground Railroad. After her death she became an icon of courage and freedom. There is a film about her called Harriet.


E Dowse – MPC Hartlepool

Florence nightingale (1820, 1910) known as “the lady with the lamp” was a British nurse, social reformer and statistician best known as founder of modern nursing. Her experiences as a nurse during the Crimean War were foundational in her views about sanitation.  She established St Thomas’ hospital and the Nightingale Training School for nurses in 1860. Their effects to reform health care greatly influenced the quality of care in 19 or 20 centuries.  From a very young age Florence Nightingale was active in philanthropy, ministering to ill and poor people in the village neighbouring her family’s estate. By the time she was 16 years of age it was clear to her that nursing was her calling.

In her time no women were ever accepted into the medical profession. She went against tradition and opened up medicine, as a career, for women.


Posted in MPC 17/03/2021