Today is International Women’s Day where the world sets out celebrating the achievements of women throughout the years.
While the world is focusing on inspirational women such as Rosa Parks, the Bronte sisters Joan of Arc, but here at Siren FM we thought we’d find out the most successful women from Lincolnshire.
1. Margaret Thatcher
The first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher was born in Grantham in 1925. She went on to study Chemistry at Oxford University and became a Conservative MP in 1959. She then went on to become leader of the Conservative Party in 1975 and became Prime Minister in 1979. She is known as the Iron Lady for her strong political views and conviction.
2. Sheridan Smith
Originally from Epworth, Lincolnshire, Sheridan Smith has made headlines worldwide as an award winning actress after starring in Mrs Biggs, Cilla and the recent BBC drama The Moorside about the Shannon Matthews disappearance. In her younger years, Sheridan studied at the South Axholme Community School, where she scored the highest possible grade in performing arts.
3. Georgie Twigg
The British field hockey player, Georgie Twigg is originally from Lincoln. At just 26 years old, Georgie has already competed in two Olympic Games and won bronze in London 2012 and a gold medal in Rio 2016. She was also awarded an MBE by the Queen in the New Year’s Honours List 2017.
4. Jennifer Saunders
Jennifer Saunders is an English comedian, screenwriter and actress from Sleaford. She has won a number of awards in her acting career, including three BAFTAs. She has starred in shows such as Absolutely Fabulous, Jam and Jerusalem and French and Saunders.
5. Sophie Wells
Sophie Wells was born with amniotic band syndrome, leaving her with little to no feeling in her hands and feet. She began to ride horses as a child, as she grew up in Lincoln and since went on to win two silver medals and one gold medal at London 2012 and another gold in Rio 2016. The postbox outside the Magna Carta pub in the Cathedral Quarter was painted gold in recognition of her achievements.