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    Inspiring Women – Dum Spiro Spero

    “While I breathe, I hope” This morning Rebecca from Artemis Mindset asked a question on her Facebook Group. Which women inspire you? Inspirational … it’s a word that gets thrown around a lot when it comes to women. To inspire someone is to ‘ exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on‘ them.  Millie Slavidou breaks down the word inspire: in = Latin prefix meaning ‘in’. spire = from Latin spirare meaning ‘breathe’. And suggests that we ‘think of it as a breathing in of ideas, or atmosphere, a filling with the air of imagination’. This was a hard list to write because I was conscious of the women who would not be…

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    Happy International Women’s Day

    Traditionally in Germany, the women take over the country on Weiberfastnacht – the last Thursday before Lent. As part of the Karneval celebrations, this day is the official start of the carousing. Our first year in Düsseldorf, I was amazed to see a grown man dressed as a teddy bear buying rolls in the baker at 7am. On my way home, I saw other adults in fancy dress, all heading for the train station to go into the town centre for the 11.11am kick off. The women storm the town halls – literally, using ladders – and cut of the ties of any men they meet to symbolise taking the…