IUA Circular 018/21

An IUA HR & Training Committee presentation
in celebration of International Women's Day
Welcomes:  Tricia Stewart

the originator and driving force behind the alternative WI Calendar

In conversation with IUA CEO, Dave Matcham

Event Chair: Jo Sykes, UK HR Manager, IGI and Chair of the IUA HR & Training Committee

Event Date:  Monday 08 March 2021

Time:  2pm/14.00 hrs (UK/London time) for 1 hour

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Subject:  At this market briefing we welcome our guest speaker, Tricia Stewart, the originator and driving force behind the 1999 Alternative WI Calendar. 
Contact:  Deborah Finch, IUA Events Manager (020 7617 4451)

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 “Life is not dated by merely years, Events are sometimes the best calendars” 
Disraeli could not be more apt in describing our event. The most celebrated calendar, to date, originated in Yorkshire, home of our guest speaker. Portrayed by Dame Helen Mirren in the film of the same name, Tricia has an amazing and inspirational story, which inspired the stage, film, and musical productions of ‘Calendar Girls.’

The 8th of March is recognized and celebrated yearly as International Women’s Day. Since its 1908 inception, each March 8th has witnessed successive progress in Women’s rights around the World. Voting, education, property ownership, entering the professions, and self-determination have been achieved when in 1908 they were unthinkable to some members of society. Although these advances are still progressing universally, March 8th is a day to celebrate womankind’s achievements and to focus on the work still to be done. We have one of Yorkshire’s favourite daughters here with us today to help lead that celebration.   

At this market briefing
, our guest speaker Tricia Stewart will tell us how, when touched by the serious illness of her friend Angela’s husband, John, the WI endeavoured to raise money for charity. Upon his death, Tricia was determined to produce a calendar in his memory and to raise funds for Leukaemia research.

In 1999, through courage, mutual support, and clever poses, eleven women aged between 45 and 65 became the Calendar Girls as we know them today. Due to Tricia’s innovation and promotion, the reimagined WI calendar became a worldwide hit.
With over 80,000 copies sold in the United Kingdom and a staggering 240,000 more in the United States, the media’s interest was tremendous. In 2003, the box office hit film “Calendar Girls” starring Dame Helen Mirren and Julie Walters was released.  Tricia’s book followed in 2004 and in 2007, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth created “The Girls” musical.

Tricia is still involved with the WI and frequently presents whilst continuing to raise funds for Bloodwise charity.
We look forward to welcoming Tricia to hear her inspirational story and how, when women support each other, incredible things happen.

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