Today is International Women’s Day – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year, International Women’s Day is calling on people to Be Bold For Change, helping to make a better working world – a more gender inclusive world.

As an organisation, Thomas Pocklington Trust shares the values of inclusivity and equality, and encourages people to support the day and Be Bold For Change!

In the sight loss community, there are countless inspirational women who have forged pathways to improve the lives of people with visual impairment.  Helen Keller, who became deafblind at 19 months and was the first deafblind person to get a Bachelor of Arts Degree, is one such woman.

Helen is famously quoted as saying:

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

This quote is used often within the sight loss sector as we strive to work together to make a difference to the lives of people with sight loss.

Helen was an author and also worked for the American Foundation for the Blind for 40 years. This role gave Helen the global platform needed to champion the needs of people with sight loss.

Her travels across the United States resulted in state commissions for the blind being created, rehabilitation centres built and education made accessible to those with sight loss. Helen was also a “tireless advocate for women’s suffrage and an early member of the American Civil Liberties Union”.

To find out more about International Women’s Day and how you can get involved, visit www.internationalwomensday.com