Selected from our senior leadership team, Abi, our Marketing Director, and Jess, our Digital & International Director, understand the importance of paving the way for future generations of women in the workplace. Joining them are Merrilie, Senior Marketing Manager, and Andrea, Expert Lingerie Fitter from the Manchester Debenhams store, who share their stories and experience of what being a woman means today.
What makes you proud to be a woman?
Merrilie: I come from a family of incredibly strong women with completely varied backgrounds in terms of what they've been through in life. It's seeing them develop into mothers, being caregivers, their loyalty and their trust in one other.
Abi: The fierce friendships that I have with my girls. The first thing I did when I got here today was send a selfie to my girls' group. I know they're all rooting for me every day and that's something women do really well.
"Enjoy the journey as well focusing on getting to the next destination - Jess
Which women have inspired you throughout your life?
Andrea: Like an Oscar award, I've got to thank my mother. Ultimately, she has given me my work ethic - she told us that to get what you want and need in life, you've got to work for it.
Merrilie: The two most inspirational women in my life have been my mum and my nan. My nan is incredible - she's 91 years old and is still completely independent. She's always stood by her principles and beliefs and really doesn't bend for anyone. She's pretty much the strongest person I know.