England Women, Lancashire Thunder and LCB Women’s pace bowler Kate Cross has been named in a list of one hundred of the most inspirational women across the region revealed by Greater Manchester Business Week on International Women’s Day (08 March 2017).
From company directors to sports women across Greater Manchester, the 100 Inspiring Women’s list aims to celebrate those who have made their mark. The women are a mixture of female trailblazers – high-profile and influential women which include entrepreneurs, sports women, lawyers, fashion icons, artists and politicians.
Kate joins fellow sports women Beth Tweddle (former Olympic gymnast), Dianne Modahl (former Olympic and Commonwealth Games 800m runner), Laura Trott (Olympic gold medallist in cycling) and Stephanie Jayne Houghton (Manchester City and England Women footballer).
Kate, from Heywood Cricket Club, made her debut for Lancashire county age group as a 13 year old and was the first female to be accepted on to Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Academy at the age of 15. She won the Eversheds Most Promising Young Cricketer award in September 2007. She made her England Women T20 debut against West Indies in Barbados in 2013 followed by her One Day International debut in Trinidad the same year. 2014 saw her making her Test debut in the Ashes at the WACA.
Kate is passionate about getting more females involved in sport and says: “For girls like me, when we were 10 we could never consider cricket as a career, cricket always came second.
“Fortunately times have changed and due to the hard work of many people in cricket and in sport to raise the profile of women’s sport, there are definitely more opportunities for young girls to progress in their chosen sport and make a living from it.”
It is the first time the Manchester Evening News has compiled such a list, with many of the names suggested by some of the region’s leaders.
The list was unveiled during a private event held at the Principal Manchester on International Women’s Day with guest speaker Dr Erinma Bell, the influential Manchester peace activist who was awarded an MBE for her work to rid Moss Side streets of gun crime.
As part of the celebrations, a photo exhibition of the inspiring women was also revealed.
Shelina Begum, business editor, said: “We wanted to highlight, celebrate and create a discussion around the achievements of women in the region.
“As business editor I feel inspired by the women on our list, many who I have written about, and I wanted other women to feel inspired too.
“Manchester and the surrounding regions has some great role models and it’s important that we highlight the work that these women are doing, many who are making an impact in the region.”
As part of the celebrations, Business Week ran a 12 month campaign highlighting women working in different sectors along with challenges in the boardroom and gender pay gap.
The campaign has been supported by Manchester-based recruiter Sellick Partnership.
Jo Sellick said: “It has been our absolute pleasure to work with the Manchester Evening News in creating this special event, and documenting the obstacles faced by women in business in the series of articles published in Greater Manchester Business Week over the past 12 months. Strong female role models such as those featured today are key to helping reduce the gender gap across all industries and sectors.
“At Sellick Partnership we are proud that half of our senior roles are currently held by women, heading up three of our regional offices and currently making up 50 percent of our board of directors, a feat rarely seen across the UK business community.
“On behalf of everyone at Sellick Partnership I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone featured on the 2017 Inspiring Women list and wish you the greatest of success in all your future endeavours.”
Full list of 100 inspirational women from Greater Manchester available on the Manchester Evening News website here.
Report courtesy of Lancashire Cricket Board