#SheWhoShines 8. Emmeline Pankhurst - The Woman Who Fought For Women's Right To Vote

#SheWhoShines 8. Emmeline Pankhurst - The Woman Who Fought For Women's Right To Vote

Emmeline Pankhurst, a fiery, determined and courageous woman, paved the way for feminists by defying the traditional roles of 'wife' and 'mother' .

Emmeline Goulden was born in Manchester, England, in 1858. Her parents were both political activists and supporters of women’s right. Emmeline is considered to be one of the leaders of the suffragette movement in the UK who led the way to win the right for women to vote.  In 1879 at the age of 20 she married Richard Pankhurst, a barrister and a supporter of the women's suffrage movement.

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#SheWhoShines - 2. Margaret Hamilton, The Woman Who Took Us To The Moon

#SheWhoShines - 2. Margaret Hamilton, The Woman Who Took Us To The Moon

It was the 1960's, a time where women were not generally encouraged to seek out high-powered work, especially not work that was usually done by men. Margaret Hamilton, a 24 year-old mother with an undergrad degree in mathematics, working at MIT, had planned to support her husband through Harvard Law. After that, she would work on her own graduate degree. And that's when the Apollo Space program came along at MIT, which would ultimately find her in a position to lead one of the biggest feats of humankind. 

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#SheWhoShines - Our Action for International Women's Day

It's one month until International Women's Day and on the 8th March, people all over the globe will come together to celebrate the political, social, and economic achievements of women. As well as celebrating accomplishments, it's an important day for campaigning and highlighting the struggles that so many still face all over the world - Domestic violence, rape, female genital mutilation, a lack of education, body shaming, slave labour - Tragically, the list goes on.

Fortunately, there are thousands of strong female warriors who have felt passionately about an issue that women face, and taken action to make real, positive changes. In honor of International Women's Day, we have chosen 10 inspirational women who have done incredible work, not just for women, but for people from all walks of life. Believe me, it was hard to choose 10, and I was blown away by the stories of so many women, many of whom I'd never heard of before. In our chosen 10, I hope you learn about someone new who makes you feel inspired and empowered. 

Every day this week, we are going to share the stories of 2 women. At the end of the week, we would like to hear from you* about which woman you found the most inspirational. The 3 women who get the highest amount of votes will have their names etched on a beautiful frosted white candle, limited edition. These white candles represent all of the women over the years who have fought for women's rights and equality. We will continue to support the work of Women for Women International with these special candles.

*We will be holding a vote starting on Friday 12th February, and every one who votes will be entered into a competition to win one of these limited edition white candles!

We'll be using the hashtag #SheWhoShines, so please get involved and share stories/images/quotes about women who inspire you and make the world a brighter place. Tag us on Twitter so we can re-tweet you: www.twitter.com/aryacandles, or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aryacandles

I'd like to start our campaign with a quote from one of my personal favourite authors, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, an incredible woman with so much wisdom and soul.

Corporate Gifting to Support Women in War-Torn Countries

It seems only yesterday that we were so thrilled to be sponsoring our first woman from a war-torn country via Women for Women International. Her name is Barfi, from Afghanistan, and soon she will be completing her year long program where she will have learned an abundance of valuable information. The value of this year long program is tremendous as she can now educate her children with what she has learned. 

Skip forward a year, and we're now sponsoring our fourth woman! 

It is with big thanks to PicassoHR that we have been able to sponsor Valentine from Rwanda


PicassoHR ordered 100 candles for their 15th anniversary which enabled us to support another woman for a year. We created a bespoke candle for them, with beautiful etching on the purple jar, as a special way of commemorating their anniversary. The fragrance was Plum & Patchouli, a sophisticated scent of dark berries, cinnamon and clove, with floral accords of rose

To find out more about PicassoHR and their services please visit: www.picassohr.com 

Valentine completed her first module in December 2015. During this module, 'Sustaining an Income', she has learned how to overcome inequalities which prevent women from gaining economic self-sufficiency. Valentine and her classmates have also worked on increasing their confidence and challenging beliefs that women's value is secondary to that of a man. They have focused in on how to manage family resources, the value of saving, and types of economic activities they can become involved in. She is currently in Module II, 'Health & Wellness', where she will learn about prevention, treatment and management of key health issues, including basic family health, psychological health, and reproductive health. 

At Arya Candles we can provide corporate gifts for any type of occasion! Whether it's to say thank you to a client or to show appreciation for employees, we can help. With our experience in candle making, and excellent customer service we strive to make the process as simple for you as possible. Find the perfect 'gift that gives' with Arya Candles.

Find out more at www.aryacandles.com/corporate-orders or email us hello@aryacandles.com.