TODAY is a celebration of the achievements made by women across the globe – and we’d like to share the inspirational stories of West Dorset women. To do this, we need your help.

Today marks International Women’s Day, which aims to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

We want to tell the stories of inspirational women right here in West Dorset; do you know someone who goes the extra mile? Someone who goes above and beyond to help others? Perhaps you know a women – or girl - who deserves just a little bit of recognition for what they do. If so, we’d like to hear from you so that we can share their stories and celebrate their contributions.

Lyme Regis Town Councillor Cheryl Reynolds back our campaign.

Cllr Reynolds said: “I think this is a good idea. There aren’t enough women in anything. There needs to be more equality because no matter how hard we all try, we don’t get the same consideration. We need to get everyone on board – men included. We have got a long way to go but we need to stand up and be counted.”

The first International Women's Day was celebrated in 1911 after being started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900s.

The day aims to bring together communities, governments, companies, charities, educational institutions, networks, associations and the media to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women.

Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender equality, which is why the message this year is to #PressforProgress and motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

If you know any inspirational women – or girls - who deserve to have their stories told, we’d like to hear from you.

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