The Inspirational Women in Your Lives

In April we launched MAKERS UK with videos of pioneering British women who are paving the way for generations of women to come: singer, songwriter, and campaigner Annie LennoxBaroness Valerie Amos the Director of SOAS, University of London; Southbank Centre Artistic Director Jude KellyBritish feminist writer and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project Laura Bates, as well as STEM Advocate and Head Stemette Anne-Marie Imafidon. As part of our celebration of the launch, we invited fans and readers from across Britain to nominate the woman who inspires them most. Over 250 of you responded to our call with stories of the extraordinary woman in your life, who by and large answers to "mum". We were so touched by your stories that we wanted to share a few of them with you. 

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"My mum - for always being there for me and others. Picture one of her 100 mile charity cycle rides even after her own health issues and troubles." - Laura Newell Laura was one of the lucky five winners who received a MAKERS prize pack which included an Apple MacBook, a MAKERS/Represent 'The Future is Female' sweatshirt, Paco Rabanne Olympea perfume and a MAKERS tote bag.   

"Anna Crichlow has worked tirelessly to achieve her goal of training as an actor whilst remaining the kindest and thoughtful friend to all who know her." - Fiona Whitelaw Fiona was another of the lucky five individuals who won a MAKERS prize for entering.  Photo Credit: Anna Crichlow/Twitter

"[Malala Yousafzai is] so young yet so inspiring. Fighting for what she believed in and not letting anything get in her way. She inspired me to take hold of all the opportunities that come my way." - Selina Farah Photo Credit: Tanya Malott/Malala Fund

"My mother singlehandedly fought huge adversity including poverty, persecution, homelessness and illness to give me the most beautiful and loving childhood." - Zara Angelova

"Amali de Alwis as the CEO of Code First: Girls showed many young women that we can code, we can be part of tech and take change into our own hands. She helped us learn so much! She is my greatest inspiration and empowerment." - Kornelia Szabo

"My inspiration is my good friend Laura Sindall; she's a costume maker, creature effects artist, special effects technician and still has time to be a regular human being in all that. I wish I was that able to juggle so many things." - Caspian Horwood

"My mum Mary Edwards has led an inspiring life. As an activist fighting against the apartheid regime in South Africa to being a single mum who inspired creativity in her 3 children. She's a wonderful woman and a talented artist but most of all a great mum." - Nonkululeko Skeef

"Zaha Hadid has done more for female architects than anybody else before her. She is an inspiration to all current and future women architects. She was talented, brave and visionary." - Natasha Lucic Photo Credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

"Mindy [Kaling] inspires me, not just in terms of her hilarious writing, but in the way that she empowers herself, knows her worth, and will fight to get things done her way." - Ellen Scott Photo Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images