iwd_squareAll around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

Make It Happen is the 2015 theme for the internationalwomensday.com global hub, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women.

I would like to celebrate the achievements of my mum, Kath Fry, who always celebrated women’s day by sending cards to her female friends and relatives. She sadly died in May 2011.

Born in 1943, Kath Fry moved to Manchester as a young single parent of two in 1973. She joined the Labour party a few years later.  In her working life she was a careers officer and a maths teacher, working first in secondary schools and then in adult education. She was also Secretary (and minutes secretary) of Manchester City Labour Party from 1984 to 1988. As a Manchester city councillor from 1988 to 2004, she held positions of chair of Personnel sub-committee (1989), chair of Education committee (1991-95) and deputy of Children’s Service committee (1986/87). She was a tireless political and social campaigner who sought to improve the life chances of the people of Manchester.

More info here: Obituary in Mancunian Matters and Kath’s Book Blog