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Tuesday, 8 March 2016
International Women's Day
Being in a profession consisting of more women than men, I felt
inspired to write a post on International Women’s Day. I don’t know why it is
that there are more women than men train for Speech and Language Therapy but it’s
definitely a profession with more females! (But I do know some brilliant male
I work, and have worked with, many inspirational Speech and
Language Therapists who are dedicated to making a difference to the lives of
the people they work with. Whether it’s helping children to say their first
words, use their speech sounds correctly or to make more sense of the world around
them… and that’s just the children we’ve seen before lunch!
There are so many women who have inspired me throughout my
entire life, before and during my career as a Speech and Language Therapist - and
men too but today is International Women’s day so we don’t need to talk about
the men today! ;)
I love quotes and I have many favourites. My love of quotes
also reminds me how important language is to be able to understand others and
express ourselves and to find our place in the world. I feel so privileged to
be part of a profession that offers support and intervention to people
struggling to develop effective communication skills (or regain these skills if
they’ve been lost).
I thought I’d share some of my favourite quotes (so hard to
choose only a few!)
-If you think you are too small to make an
impact, try sleeping with a mosquito in the room – Dame Anita Roddick (I love
this one and use it whenever I am talking to people about campaigning)
-The question isn’t who’s going to let me. It’s
who’s going to stop me – Ayn Rand
-No one can make you feel inferior without your
consent – Eleanor Roosevelt
-If you don’t like something change it, if you
can’t change it, change your attitude – Maya Angelou
-Anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve –
Some of the most inspirational women in my life are those
the closest to me. My mam, my sister and my grandma have all played a huge role
in my life. My grandma always used to say ‘You’ve got to laugh or else you’ll
cry’ and this gets me through many situations (sometimes daily!) I know I am a
better person because she was in my life. All of my family (and friends) are so
supportive of me and everything I do and I feel so blessed each and every day.
My sister Joanne, mam and grandma with a cool little Julie!