Today is International Women’s Day, an important event to celebrate women across the world and the incredible things that they achieve each day. At BusinessLodge, Bury and Stoke’s leading flex space business centres, we wanted to do something special to mark the day and recognise all the incredible women who work in our buildings.

One of our newest recruits is Lisa Kay, Centre Manager at BusinessLodge Bury. We caught up with her to get her view of just why International Women’s Day is so crucial.

So, why is International Women’s day is important to me?

So many reasons! It’s a day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women globally. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity with activities taking place across the world, as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements and rally for women’s equality.

Women coming together and supporting each other is so important and so the fact we have a day specifically to do this is huge.

Who is an Inspirational woman to me?

There are so many it is difficult to narrow it down – but for me, it has to be  Kathrine Switzer, was the first women to officially run the Boston Marathon at a time the race was men only.

She’s an inspiration to those women who wish to break the barriers of gender-inequality. At just 19 she ran her first marathon, something she was passionate about doing as back in those days, there were no women’s running teams at all.

While Kathrine officially was running her first marathon, she was pounced on by an official, Jock Semple. However, in that one moment she decided to continue running – and her participation changed everything. She became a role model for distance running. Her world-changing sporting achievements marked women’s name in history. You can watch this incredible moment here.  Kathrine Switzer – Woman empowerment – YouTube

After her marathon, Switzer established a non-profit organisation (261 Fearless) with the aim to empower women through running. Her marathon number (261) became an iconic and imperative symbol of equality. Most of all, Switzer’s valour proved that nothing is impossible! And, despite the hardships, success comes to those who yearn for it.

What advice would I give to my younger self?

Whether it’s good or bad, everything comes into your life for a reason, even though at the time, it might not always seem that way, particularly if it hurts you.

When things seem to work against us, it’s only natural to feel like things are not meant to happen this way — people are not meant to leave, you are not meant to get rejected, accidents are not meant to happen — and if you had done something differently, the situation might have turned out different.

However, as time has passed, you realise that things were supposed to happen the way they did because one event led to another. People come into your life to teach you something. Things that seemed horrible, painful, or unfair at the time happened for a reason. And in reflection, you realise that they happened to help you become stronger.