“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”

– Diane Mariechild

Just like all good things, Let’s Hear It For The Girl was born out of a conversation revolving around Jane Austen. Nearly a year ago now, my sister and I seriously debated which Austen heroine is actually the best. I thought it was Lizzie, she thought it was Elinor. Ultimately, I think we settled on Emma.

A few months prior to this heated conversation I had just finished a ‘heroines in history’ course at university. Out of my five long years of study it was without a doubt my favourite subject. Upon its completion I craved its discussions and learning opportunities. As I unpacked Elizabeth Bennett’s flaws with my sister, I realised the course finishing was no excuse for me to neglect women’s history. I decided I wanted to play my part in making sure the world heard these conversations too. As a result I created Let’s Hear It For The Girl as a platform to celebrate women past, present and fictional, so we never forget how far we have come, or how far we have left to go.

This blog is a love letter to all women. Accordingly, I would like to dedicate it to the two most important women in my life. To my mum, who was the first woman I met and the first woman to tell me about the shoulders of women I stand on. And to my sister who never fails to inspire me and hold me accountable.

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”

– Madeleine Albright