Celebrating our women alumni on #InternationalWomensDay
Posted on: 8 March 2023 by Development and Alumni Relations team in 2023
This International Women's Day we'd like to honour some of our incredible women alumni who have shaped and continue to shape the world.
The Honorable Wendy Beetlestone (BA Hons Philosophy 1984, Hon LLD 2019)
The University’s Chancellor, The Honorable Wendy Beetlestone forged a successful career as a journalist, before entering the legal world a decade later. In 2014 she was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. And at the start of this year she became the eleventh Chancellor of the University and the institution’s first female, and first Black, Chancellor.
You can hear more about Wendy’s career in our Liverpool Leaders event and you watch this special interview where Wendy sat down with Liverpool Guild of Students President Vasiliki Samuels to discuss her role as Chancellor, her time at Liverpool, how women can support and inspire one another, and the importance of having a diverse range of voices at the table.
Dr Jackie Bell (BSc Hons Mathematics 2010, MA Mathematical Sciences 2011, PhD 2016)
Liverpool-born Jackie is s a PhD-level particle physicist, champion cheerleader and an advocate for inspiring young people from disadvantaged background into science. Now working as a Senior Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London, she has previously held roles at Positive Futures Liverpool, the Science Museum, the British Science Association and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. Jackie was interviewd on BBC Radio Merseyside for International Women's Day, have a listen from 02:23:53.
Read Jackie’s cover story in our Alumni magazine
Shalom Lloyd (MBA 2010)
Shalom is the award-winning entrepreneur behind Naturally Tribal Skincare, a skincare brand that is 100% natural and sustainable ingredients from Africa and employs local women in the Kingdom of Essan, Nigeria, with an ethos of ‘trade not aid’. In addition, she is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Emerging Markets Quality Trials (EMQT), an organisation focused on the inclusion of patients of African descent into clinical trials.
Read Shalom’s feature in our Alumni magazine
Professor Averil Mansfield CBE (MBChB 1960, ChM 1973, Hon MD 1994)
First British female Professor of Surgery, Averil Mansfield CBE first graduated from School of Medicine in 1960, before qualifying as a surgeon in 1972. A time when just two per cent of her colleagues were female. When she was 8 years-old she set herself a goal to become a surgeon and in her book Life in Her Hands, she shines a light on the medical and societal world that has changed drastically, but still has a long way to go.
Read about Averil’s new book Life in Her Hands and watch Averil's interview on BBC Morning Live on International Women's Day
Tulip Mazumdar (BA Hons Sociology 2002)
British journalist and broadcaster Tulip currently works for the BBC as their global health reporter. She has a long-standing career at the BBC and has appeared on BBC television where she has reported from Helmand, Afghanistan, on the conflict and its impact on local communities. In 2014, Mazumdar reported for the BBC and world media on the Ebola virus epidemic in Sierra Leone.
She has previously reported on important issues such as maternal health and the issues women face across the world, as well as sharing her own experiences of pregnancy and baby loss.
Read about the important topics Tulip is covering
Megan McCubbin (BSc Hons Zoology 2018)
Springwatch presenter and science communicator Megan is passionate about wildlife and conservation and uses her voice to empower others to make a difference to our escalating climate crisis. Having struggled with traditional science education at school due to her dyslexia, Megan really found her footing during her time at Liverpool and is passionate about encouraging others from neurodiverse backgrounds into science.
Read Megan’s feature in our Alumni magazine
Yoko Ono Lennon (Hon LLD 2001)
Yoko is a long-time supporter of the University after establishing the John Lennon Memorial Scholarships to provide opportunities for students to study at Liverpool who may otherwise not have been able to go to university. In 2022, the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre was named for her to celebrate the impact she has had on the students at the University and to recognise her as a champion of the city of Liverpool and its cultural heritage.