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The International Women's Day LLJ Mixtape

Fabulous Rea, Nicky and Sharlene

In case you never noticed before, we are an all female team here at Laura Lee. Well, we do have Johnny, our beloved bookkeeper, but he is not based in the office and only pops in from time to time. So we are allowed to say it's just us girls here.

Our team structure was not planned at all, it just happened. Wonderful women showed up and started working for the brand, and we like it this way. We are proud to say we are a strong, free-thinking and independent bunch of women running this show.

This time we wanted to create a mixtape for International Women's Day, choosing songs with an empowering message about womenkind. We are also giving you a glimpse into who our heroines are - check them out, these women are badass. The mixtape can be found on Spotify and at the bottom of this page.

'I Am Woman' by Helen Reddy & 'Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves (Than Never To Have Loved)' by The Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin - chosen by Laura (whose heroines are Malala Yousafzai and her Aunty Stella - if you ever get the chance to meet Laura you should definitely ask about Stella, she sounds like the best) 
'I'm Every Woman' by Chaka Khan & 'Sealion' by Feist - chosen by Darja (Grandma Anna is her heroine)

'Here Come The Girls' by Ernie K-Doe & 'This Woman's Work' by Kate Bush - chosen by Aimée (her heroine is her mum, Margaret)

'Let The River Run' by Carly Simon & 'This Is Me' by Keala Settle - chosen by Rea (still loving a musical :) and her heroine is the amazing Amy Poehler for  the obvious things plus her 'Smart Girls' organisation)

'Die Another Day' by Madonna & 'Black Fur' by Elder Island - chosen by Anna (her heroine is Storm, from the X-Men)

'Nouel' & 'Daisy' by Laura Marling - chosen by Agostina (whose heroines are Marie Curie, Yusra Mardini and Laura Marling, of course - see above)

'Woman' by Angel Olsen & 'God Only Knows' by The Beach Boys - chosen by Sophie (who wants to dedicate the latter to her mother and chose her sister Bethany, who is the strongest young woman she knows, as her heroine)

'Bad Girl (Pt.1)' by Lee Moses & 'Babooshka' by Kate Bush - chosen by Sharlene (who deeply admires her heroines Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell)

'I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free' by Nina Simone & 'Respect' by Aretha Franklin - chosen by Nicky (whose heroines are Ruby Bridges and Harriet Tubman)

So take today to remind yourself, your sisters, mothers and friends (and aunties) just how awesome they are. In a world where there's still a lot to be done to improve women's rights, it's good to remember how far we have come. Let's stop and embrace what's already been conquered and keep pushing forward. We've got this, ladies.

The LLJ Team x

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