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#IAmEmbolden awards – The Longlist















We had a fantastic response to our call for nominations of D/deaf and disabled women and girls, who are breaking down barriers to achieve great things in their lives. We have been overwhelmed with the examples of D/deaf and disabled women and girls leading the way in the arts, sports, education, their career and challenging stereotypes in their local communities across wales.

We are currently producing a shortlist of the women and girls we believe have demonstrated outstanding achievements in each category.

We would like to share the longlist of #IAmEmbolden role models as follows:

  • Amanda Wells
  • Amy Barratt
  • Anastasia Blease
  • Angela Edwards
  • Anita Davies
  • Barbara Stensland
  • Catherine Robins-Talbot
  • Danielle Jenkins
  • Dawn Gullis
  • Denni Turp
  • Frankie Armstrong
  • Hannah Maddox
  • Hannah Rowlatt
  • Heather Patterson
  • Janice Partridge
  • Jayne Richmond
  • Julie Marsh
  • Jennifer Owen
  • Jules Horton
  • Kate Galloway
  • Katherine Thomas
  • Katie Owen
  • Leandra Craine
  • Margaret Hampton
  • Margaret Howard
  • Melissa Martin
  • Monique Craine
  • Rhian Tremlett
  • Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds OBE
  • Rosemary Thompson
  • Sarah Finlayson Lawrence
  • Sarah Pipkin
  • Sian Jones
  • Sian Preddy
  • Stephanie Back
  • Stephanie Elliott
  • Susy Soravia
  • Tina Evans
  • Willow Holloway
  • Zarah Kaleem

*there are a few nominations remaining from this longlist which will be added shortly

What is Embolden about?

Embolden: Spirit of Disabled Women is a vision to change negative perceptions of disabled people by: sharing stories about the achievements of disabled women in Wales; and provoking conversations that challenge attitudes about disability. The nomination categories are:

  • Community activist
  • Career success
  • Contribution to the arts
  • Sports excellence
  • Educational achievements
  • Amazing in any other way


  • Historical

We have also invited nominations for women in recent or distant history who have made a contribution towards disability rights or are allies of disabled women.

Rhian Davies, Disability Wales Chief Executive, said:

Embolden is such an exciting initiative: Deaf and disabled women are too often invisible and this is a wonderful opportunity to share their achievements and really challenge people’s perceptions and expectations We look forward to receiving nominations from across Wales and all communities.”

Fawcett Society Chief Executive Sam Smethers stated:

“It is vital that disabled women’s stories are told and that their voices are heard. That’s why Fawcett is delighted to be supporting Disability Wales’ Embolden project. Shattering the stereotypes that society holds about disabled women is vital to building a better society for us all.”

A celebration event in March 2018 will present the winners with their title and award.

About Spirit of Women Changemakers

Disability Wales is amongst seven recipients awarded grants of £8,000 to £15,000 to work in communities across the UK. Funding charity Spirit of 2012 (Spirit) created the Changemakers programme to mark and celebrate the centenary of the iconic moment in 1918 when women first won the right to vote. The Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights, delivers the grants programme in partnership with business services company BE Group.

About the Fawcett Society @fawcettsociety

The Fawcett Society is the UK’s leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights. For 150 years, our aim has been to help bring about a society where the gender you are does not limit the life chances you have.


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