Throughout the month of March, here at Fleur of England we are looking to women who inspire and empower. As an all female team designing and creating lingerie by women, for women, we aim to promote a message of strength through our designs and focus on impeccable fit. We believe lingerie is something that women should wear for themselves, and the idea of modern femininity and sensuality has blossomed and developed into a powerful movement that encourages women to embrace their differences and celebrate them. A modern woman has choice, she can be strong and powerful, she can be soft and delicate, or she can be a wonderful mixture of all of these traits, it is entirely up to her.

With International Women's Day falling on 8th March and the theme of #BalanceForBetter, we are taking a look at a few of the incredible women who inspire the Fleur girls to push themselves to work hard and thrive, after all, empowering women empower women.

 

 

 

"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less." - Marie Curie 

One woman that I continue to be inspired by is Marie Curie. She is most commonly associated with the Marie-Curie cancer charity and being the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, but was instrumental in discovering radiation and developing the x-ray machine. As it was nearly impossible to be accepted in an academic world that belonged to men, she actually had to study and conduct her research in secret. During the First World War she bought and operated portable x-ray machines to the front line to help operate on soldiers. As a woman, she was not allowed in the operating theatre during surgery, so had to stand by the door and advise the surgeons on where to operate! She was very much a woman in a man's world and I find her commitment to her research and the continued effect it has had on modern life to be incredibly inspiring.

Lucy-Ann Stevens | Technical & Production Manager

 

 

 

 

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou 

Growing up with the pain of sexual abuse at a young age, Maya Angelou overcame huge obstacles and an extreme amount of adversity and racial discrimination to become a renowned poet, author and activist. She channelled her experiences into beautiful, moving pieces of literature, turning her struggle into a voice of strength and determination.  She wrote about slavery, racism and misogyny in such a way that it becomes relevant to all woman around the world who have ever faced prejudice for their gender.

She is a strong, fearless woman who proves that through hard-work and dedication, you can face and achieve anything.

Daisy Robinson-Rattle | Digital Executive 

 

 

 

"It was when I stopped searching for home within others, and lifted the foundations of home withing myself, I found there were no roots more intimate, than those between mind and body, that have decided to be whole." - Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur is an Indian-born Canadian poet and illustrator. Rupi Kaur’s two hand-illustrated poetry books ‘Milk and Honey’ and ‘The Sun and her Flowers’ filled a gap in the market for digestible poetry for the masses with strong messages about gender and race. Kaur’s poetry tackles tough subjects with brutal honesty and beautiful illustrations, she is a true example of someone using their platform for change and awareness.

Izzy Salva | Social Media & PR Officer 

 

 

"Anything is possible if you've got enough nerve." - J.K Rowling 

J.K Rowling has battled through personal hardships, depression and poverty to reach where she is now. She wrote the first Harry Potter book when her life was at rock bottom. Following the death of her mother and end of her marriage, she was living as a single mother trying to raise her child on benefits. It took her five long years of writing and rejections from publishers before Harry Potter was taken on by Bloomsbury and almost immediately became a global sensation. Despite becoming a multi-millionaire, J.K Rowling has never forgotten where she came from and has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to charities. I find her perseverance, drive and philanthropic nature truly inspiring.

Philippa Joyce | Product Developer