International Women`s Day 2019: #BalanceforBetter


Today we are raising a tea cup for International Women’s Day!

“A balanced world is a better world. ” – International Women`s

This years theme for International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter.  We are members of the Ethical Tea Partnership who work with tea-producing countries. The ETP work closely with woman workers to make sure they receive the same worker rights as their male colleagues.  Last year, maternity leave was extended for Assam workers which is a sign of progress.  Read our blog about it here.

With all this in mind, we asked our team to tell us about a woman who inspires them.  They named some wonderful people (this blog is sure to give you flutters of the heart).

Women who inspire us:

Margaret Robertson

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“My mum, Margaret, got on a ferry at the age of 14 to move away from her island home so she could go to school.  At that time, most people expected her to stay at home to be with her mum but she wanted to get an education and had other ambitions.  Thankfully, my Granny was a strong woman who was definitely ahead of the times.  She encouraged my mum to go and experience the world.  As a result, my mum has always taught me to be independent and brave.  I hope to be able to pass this on to my own two girls.  As my mum always says, you should give your children the roots to grow and the wings to fly.” – Erica

Aileen Lyons

“Aileen is my sister and she spends her life empowering people not just to survive, but to thrive.  She encourages people to be the best person they can be in their own unique way.  I am so glad she is my sister.” – Angie

Marie-Agnès Gillot 


“Marie-Agnes inspires me because she has broken the stereo-type of what it is to be a professional dancer.  After being told she was too tall to dance and being diagnosed with double scoliosis, she fought harder to be at the top of her game.  She is a prima ballerina at the Paris Opera Ballet.  I really love her because she speaks out, something dancers are not normally known for.  As an activist, Marie-Agnes often does charitable work for AIDS charities, Cancer charities and women’s issues.  I admire her determination and hard work.” – Nina

Ruth McKay

“I had the pleasure of working with Ruth when I first moved to Edinburgh in 2016.  Never have I met someone more genuine and honest.  Ruth had been through a lot both before and while I’ve known her, yet manages to keep a smile on her face.  Even while going through tough times, she will always make time for those who are important to her.  She is always available for a cup of tea and chat with a smile on her face.  Ruth is a true inspiration and the epitome of what it is to be a strong woman.  ” – Victor

Jameela Jamil 

“Jameela Jamil, is a British Actress and activist.  She can be found on Twitter fighting against the ‘diet industry’ or speaking out about in-justices.  She founded i-weigh which now has 398K followers.  It is a community that encourages people to realise how amazing they are and help them to feel valued.  She inspires me because she could easily just go to work and go home but she uses her free time to fight for change.  It proves you can have a full time, demanding job and still find time to make the world a better place.” – Sophie

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

“Michelle Obama was the first woman who came to mind when I thought of inspirational women.  Her dedication to empowering young girls and making them believe that their dreams are possible will have such a profound effect on so many lives.  Her uplifting warmth, wisdom and positivity is to be admired.  She is quite the inspiration.” – Lorn


Join us this Friday..

Have you tried our magical colour changing tea?  (Yes, colour changing!!).  Visit our Concept Store on Friday and try our Purple Rain Blue Tea. Our TEAm will also be wearing a wee bit of purple to celebrate International Women’s Day.  Follow us on social media (@eteaket) to see what we get up to!


Purple Rain Blue Tea in China Tea Cup

Who Inspires you?

This International Women`s Day we encourage you to think about someone who inspires you. Let us know who it is via our social media channels (@eteaket)


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