Each year on March 8th, the world comes together to celebrate International Women’s Day. It’s a day that recognizes all that women have done and achieved across the years - which is predominantly from a social and political point. Although there is no confirmed date on when the first day began, we do know that it was introduced way back in the early 1900s and has been increasing popular ever since. Cities across the world celebrate by hosting events, conferences and marches to show that it still remains a very important date in every woman’s calendar.
Today equality is still an important issues with many women campaigning that they are not being defined as equal to men and raise issues up with regards to pay, education and career progression believing that women are often overlooked. This year, the International Women’s Day campaign focuses on #BeBoldForChange to encourage everyone to get involved and to continue helping drive gender equality.
Even in today’s society, there are still many women around the world overcoming barriers who are an inspiration to us all. Within the hospitality industry, there are many females that the GB Hospitality team truly admire for their work and achievements. To show our support for International Women’s Day, here’s a pick at some of our favourite female influencers...
If you’ve been to Liverpool or Manchester, then you’ll definitely have been or heard about Mowgli Street Food (and if you haven’t, where have you been)? The amazingly delicious restaurant was the creation of Merseyside-born Nisha Katon who was formerly a barrister of 20 years. After always wanting to establish an Indian eatery, she set up Mowgli to ‘serve the kind of food Indians eat at home and on their streets’. After quitting her career in law, she’s gone onto be a huge success - including owning three restaurants (which is set to increase), she produced her book ‘Pimp My Rice’ in 2015, is a regular writer for publications including the Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times - and has created over 150 jobs in the North West area. She recently picked up the award of Female Leader in the Commercial District by Downtown Liverpool in Business. Congratulations!
Follow Nisha here: Twitter - Site
The Hotel Inspector’s presenter, Alex Polizzi has been a leading female influencer within the hotelier industry for many years. On the show, her role involves working closely with a selection of British hotels to renovate them to help entice guests there and to increase their profitability. Before this, she was on other TV shows which included ‘Alex Polizzi: The Fixer’, The Fixer Returns, Secret Italy and Chefs on trial. Before her television days, she had learnt the trade through working in her family owned business, The Rocco Forte Collection which is based across the world including St Petersburg, Rome and Cardiff. Alongside her regular TV stints, she manages the Hotel Endsleigh near Devon.
Follow Alex here: Twitter
Award winning Chef, Angela Hartnett, found her fame through working with Gordon Ramsay in his restaurant Aubergine - which many thought she would only last a week in. Today, she’s become one of the most high-profiled woman in the world. Not only has won numerous awards such as Best Newcomer and MBE for services to the hospitality industry - she’s even saw her restaurant receive a Michelin star. She’s taken on numerous roles such as Head Chef in Petrus, and sous-chef in L’Oranger. Along with this, she’s even produced a book, Angela Hartnett Cucuna: Three Generations of Italian Family Cooking and regular contributes her recipes to the BBC website. She currently works as head Chef at Limewood Hotel.
Follow Angela Here: Twitter
Let us know who your favourite female influencer is over on our Twitter! #gbloves