We asked the team at My Little Shop about the inspirational women in their lives ahead of IWD2023.
Designer & Founder
Marie-Sophie is chief designer & founder of MLS and believes that businesses can thrive while helping individuals and communities in need, particularly women.
“I believe that fashion should provide equality, enjoyable working conditions and reduce negative climate impacts. Providing education to the next generation on the environmental footprint of the fashion industry is how we'll bring about real change”
“Mother Teresa is a constant source of inspiration for me and a reminder that the selfless act of helping others is something we can all find time to do.”
Born in 1910 in North Macedonia, Mother Teresa decided to become a missionary at the tender age of 12. She received her "inspiration" to carry out what she described as the work of God and founded an organisation called the Missionaries of Charity which continues to look after the poor and sick in 160 cities across 87 countries.
Her charitable efforts have long been celebrated and she was invited to speak at both the United Nations General Assembly, the Vatican. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 & was named a saint in 2016.
“I love the natural beauty of this world; creatively expressing myself and working collaboratively with women - to lift each other up. I always try to be kind, help others and evolve. I have a personal motto: ‘always aspire to be a better version of yourself - you’re never too old to grow’”.
“Audrey Hepburn inspires me. She grew up in dark times and experienced horrible things yet she channelled that to become an extremely graceful, kind and elegant woman with an outstanding career & legacy. She helped others and remained beautiful, inside & out.”
Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as both a film and fashion icon, Hepburn won numerous awards throughout her celebrated acting career and remains one of only sixteen people to have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards collectively.
Hepburn devoted much of her time to UNICEF, working in some of the poorest communities in Africa, South America, and Asia. In 1992 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Claire has been worked within many sectors including luxury fashion, broadcast media & e-commerce. She’s seen a rise in equality in the workplace but agrees that much more needs to be done to level up the parity".
“I’ve worked with some absolute powerhouse women over the years and they all have one thing in common; championing & supporting other women to succeed”.
“I find inspiration in New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. From being one of the few world leaders to have a baby whilst in office, to dealing with national tragedies & global pandemics with grace, empathy, thought & care – I've lost count of the number of people who comment on what a great leader she is when they find out I'm from New Zealand”.
Jacinda Ardern was elected as New Zealand’s 40th prime minister in 2017. Her aim to decrease child poverty in New Zealand within a decade has seen increases in paid parental leave, financial support for low and middle-income families, the roll-out of a free school lunches programme and free menstrual hygiene products in schools. Ardern declared a climate change emergency in New Zealand and pledged that the Government would be carbon neutral by 2025.