On International Women’s Day... what I wish I’d known growing up

Mel C, Annie Lennox, and Emeli Sande , at the start of the March4Women event in London. Picture by Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.
Mel C, Annie Lennox, and Emeli Sande , at the start of the March4Women event in London. Picture by Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.
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First celebrated in New York in 1909, International Women’s Day (and yes, before anyone asks there is an International Men’s Day - it’s on November 19) became a worldwide event in the 1970s after it was backed by the United Nations.

This year the theme is #BeBoldForChange and as organisers call on women everywhere to forge a better world, we asked some great and good Yorkshire women what advice they would give their younger selves.

Andrew Walker pictured outside Brandon Cottage on Woodhouse Square, Leeds.Charity Candlelighters is hoping to raise �250,000 to renovate and open the cottage..21st November 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

How son’s fight against leukaemia inspired Andrew to help create new £500,000 Leeds ‘cancer cottage’