Inspiring Polar Explorer, Ann Daniels speaks about IWD
As part of our #RixAndKayWomen campaign, and as an inspirational woman that we work with, we asked Polar Explorer, Ann Daniels to share her thoughts about International Women’s Day and let us know more about her greatest achievements.
Who are you and what do you do?
“I am Ann Daniels, Polar Explorer and keynote speaker who specialises on Motivation, Leadership and Climate change.”
What is your greatest achievement?
“Most people consider my greatest achievement to be holding the world record for being part of the first all-women’s team to sledge haul to the South and North Poles, but for me my greatest achievement came before this.
Being a mother of young triplets, with no outdoor or ski-ing experience and no financial wealth, taking the giant leap to applying for selection for my first North Pole expedition and being selected against over 250 more experienced applicants was without doubt my biggest achievement. Having the courage to overcome my fears of inadequacy, led me to my new career in the Polar regions and changed my life and that of my family beyond my wildest expectations.
I am also super proud of the work I did with Pen Hadow’s Catlin Arctic surveys in 2009, 2010 and 2011. To be able to use my unusual skills to add some value to the understanding of Planet earth was a great honour and I value those expeditions above all others.”
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
“International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the many extraordinary and wonderful facets of all women around the world. Women are often overlooked, under estimated and undervalued across so many fronts. Business, sports and life in general. I believe it’s so important to acknowledge and celebrate women and their strength, worth and value.
It’s also a day to reflect on women whose very existence is tough because of their gender. Women who live in oppressive societies or violent homes and who struggle every second of the day. Women who live in danger, who are denied an education or aren’t allowed to work. There are so many injustices in the world and we should all stand up for equality and women everywhere.”
Who inspires you?
“Ordinary people, going about their lives, doing their best and working hard while doing ordinary things, inspire me more than high profile individuals. I guess I can identify with those people and if you look around you, there is a world of kind people, helping others and achieving great things in their own lives.”
What advice would you give to future Women Leaders?
“Believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect others. I’m also a believer in putting the work in to achieve what you want to achieve, So for me, believe in yourself, work hard to make it happen and then give a helping hand to the many women behind you, that may need your support to make it happen for them. Women need to value other women and together we can change things one step at a time.”