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Who run the world? Girls, of course! In honour of International Women's Day, we headed out and asked some of our lovely influencers and staff at head office how they celebrate women.

Who run the world? Girls, of course! In honour of International Women's Day, we headed out and asked some of our lovely influencers and staff at head office how they celebrate women.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
To me it’s about celebrating a much underappreciated and underrepresented (especially in important, powerful positions) group. Women have so much to offer that is equal yet different from men and for too long we have been ignored or undervalued. When I speak about women I include all female-identifying people.

What’s your mantra to live by?
It changes all the time. Right now it’s, live and let live.

What’s your most empowering outfit?
Anything that fits me properly. I hate when clothes don’t fit because it doesn’t allow you to focus on what you need to focus on. It doesn’t matter what the label says, comfortable and well-fitting clothes are essential.

If you’re having a bad day, what are your top tips to get back to feeling your best?
I like to wear colour on days when I’m not feeling great. Colour usually makes other people smile, so when people around you smile you instinctively smile back. It works a treat.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
To me it’s about celebrating a much underappreciated and underrepresented (especially in important, powerful positions) group. Women have so much to offer that is equal yet different from men and for too long we have been ignored or undervalued. When I speak about women I include all female-identifying people.

What’s your mantra to live by?
It changes all the time. Right now it’s, live and let live.

What’s your most empowering outfit?
Anything that fits me properly. I hate when clothes don’t fit because it doesn’t allow you to focus on what you need to focus on. It doesn’t matter what the label says, comfortable and well-fitting clothes are essential.

If you’re having a bad day, what are your top tips to get back to feeling your best?
I like to wear colour on days when I’m not feeling great. Colour usually makes other people smile, so when people around you smile you instinctively smile back. It works a treat.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
It’s a great opportunity for us to focus our attention and celebrate the achievements of the incredible women and girls that surround us in our everyday lives, as well as those in the public eye, helping to support the longer term goal of gender equality, balance and inclusion for all.

Do you have a role model and who inspires you?
Not a role model as such, but I really admire the actress Jodie Comer, most people will know her from Killing Eve. To me, she’s beautiful, strong, and an amazing talent. I also love that she’s remained true to herself, is down to earth and most importantly a fellow Scouser who doesn’t take herself too seriously.

What’s your mantra to live by?
A little bit cheesy but ….. ‘You only live once’ so do the things that make you and those around you happy!

Do you have a motivational song that helps you get up and go?
I’m stuck in my 20s and love dance music. There’s nothing better than going for a run listening to a Cream classics playlist for me!

What’s your most empowering outfit?
I’m a bit of a shopaholic, so it’s handy that I work in fashion here at Matalan and tend to buy something new every week… but I’d definitely say my most empowering outfit is something I feel myself in. One of the great things about Matalan is that you can be yourself here and wear whatever brings out your own individual style and personality. For me, it would have to be jeans and heels, on the casual side but the heels dress it up and I’ll often inject some colour whether it be a bright top or scarf that lets me bring out my personality.

If you’re having a bad day, what are your top tips to get back to feeling your best?
I think I’ve learnt that things are never as bad as they seem, give yourself a bit of time to think things through, above all, don’t be too tough on yourself. Everything will be ok and challenging situations and days will pass, you just need to have faith in yourself and remember everyone's the same.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
It’s a great opportunity for us to focus our attention and celebrate the achievements of the incredible women and girls that surround us in our everyday lives, as well as those in the public eye, helping to support the longer term goal of gender equality, balance and inclusion for all.

Do you have a role model and who inspires you?
Not a role model as such, but I really admire the actress Jodie Comer, most people will know her from Killing Eve. To me, she’s beautiful, strong, and an amazing talent. I also love that she’s remained true to herself, is down to earth and most importantly a fellow Scouser who doesn’t take herself too seriously.

What’s your mantra to live by?
A little bit cheesy but ….. ‘You only live once’ so do the things that make you and those around you happy!

Do you have a motivational song that helps you get up and go?
I’m stuck in my 20s and love dance music. There’s nothing better than going for a run listening to a Cream classics playlist for me!

What’s your most empowering outfit?
I’m a bit of a shopaholic, so it’s handy that I work in fashion here at Matalan and tend to buy something new every week… but I’d definitely say my most empowering outfit is something I feel myself in. One of the great things about Matalan is that you can be yourself here and wear whatever brings out your own individual style and personality. For me, it would have to be jeans and heels, on the casual side but the heels dress it up and I’ll often inject some colour whether it be a bright top or scarf that lets me bring out my personality.

If you’re having a bad day, what are your top tips to get back to feeling your best?
I think I’ve learnt that things are never as bad as they seem, give yourself a bit of time to think things through, above all, don’t be too tough on yourself. Everything will be ok and challenging situations and days will pass, you just need to have faith in yourself and remember everyone's the same.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
Being surrounded by so many amazing women means that I am always celebrating them and their successes but International Women's Day for me is a time for us to step back and celebrate the achievements of women all over the world.

What women inspires you?
Probably my mum, she's such a strong person and is the reason we are such a close knit family, she really installed those family-values in us all. But to be honest I'm so lucky, I have my wife and my sisters and they all play such big roles in my life, I'd be lost without them.

Best advice you've ever received from a female in your life?
Michelle is my soundboard for everything so she has probably given me loads over the years! I always really value her opinion.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
Being surrounded by so many amazing women means that I am always celebrating them and their successes but International Women's Day for me is a time for us to step back and celebrate the achievements of women all over the world.

What women inspires you?
Probably my mum, she's such a strong person and is the reason we are such a close knit family, she really installed those family-values in us all. But to be honest I'm so lucky, I have my wife and my sisters and they all play such big roles in my life, I'd be lost without them.

Best advice you've ever received from a female in your life?
Michelle is my soundboard for everything so she has probably given me loads over the years! I always really value her opinion.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
For me, International Women's Day is about celebrating all the amazing things women have achieved, whilst also empowering and motivating women to achieve even more. This celebration acknowledges that women can, and should, achieve anything they want to.

Do you have a role model and who inspires you?
My mum. She joined the RAF at 16 years old and was determined to build her dream career in what was a hugely male-dominated environment. I’m also inspired daily by the incredibly talented women in the office who I’ve been so lucky to learn from over the past year.

Do you have a motivational song that helps you get up and go?
I love What A Feeling by Irene Cara – gotta love Flashdance

If you’re having a bad day, what are your top tips to get back to feeling your best?
You can’t beat a good catch up with your best pals to help lift your spirits. I always listen to some motivating music in the mornings so I’m in a great mood when I walk in the office!

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
For me, International Women's Day is about celebrating all the amazing things women have achieved, whilst also empowering and motivating women to achieve even more. This celebration acknowledges that women can, and should, achieve anything they want to.

Do you have a role model and who inspires you?
My mum. She joined the RAF at 16 years old and was determined to build her dream career in what was a hugely male-dominated environment. I’m also inspired daily by the incredibly talented women in the office who I’ve been so lucky to learn from over the past year.

Do you have a motivational song that helps you get up and go?
I love What A Feeling by Irene Cara – gotta love Flashdance

If you’re having a bad day, what are your top tips to get back to feeling your best?
You can’t beat a good catch up with your best pals to help lift your spirits. I always listen to some motivating music in the mornings so I’m in a great mood when I walk in the office!

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
It means celebrating the movement of woman's rights and equality for both sexes. I count myself very lucky to be born in the UK as unfortunately there are so many countries in the world where woman are still suppressed. Hopefully in my lifetime we see equality spread worldwide.

Do you have a role model and who inspires you?
A massive inspiration for me is Diana the Princess of Wales.

What’s your most empowering outfit?
I find a power tailored suit very empowering and a killer pair of court heels.

If you’re having a bad day, what are your top tips to get back to feeling your best?
I like to give myself daily tasks and goals, love a daily tick list that I can tick off, this helps me stay motivated and productive. If I am not feeling my best I try to incorporate a little more exercise I find yoga great for my mental health.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
It means celebrating the movement of woman's rights and equality for both sexes. I count myself very lucky to be born in the UK as unfortunately there are so many countries in the world where woman are still suppressed. Hopefully in my lifetime we see equality spread worldwide.

Do you have a role model and who inspires you?
A massive inspiration for me is Diana the Princess of Wales.

What’s your most empowering outfit?
I find a power tailored suit very empowering and a killer pair of court heels.

If you’re having a bad day, what are your top tips to get back to feeling your best?
I like to give myself daily tasks and goals, love a daily tick list that I can tick off, this helps me stay motivated and productive. If I am not feeling my best I try to incorporate a little more exercise I find yoga great for my mental health.

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