We have proudly worked alongside Rosie and have seen first hand the amount of dedication she has to her family and business, Doddl Cutlery. Rosie has overcome many adversities in her life and has seen some huge achievements, and we are very proud to share her story with you.
Do you have inspirational quotes?
I genuinely believe that if you put your mind to it, anything it possible and whatever knocks you down, only makes you stronger. Life is a valuable gift - don’t waste it.
What have been your highs & lows?
Highs - I was the first woman to do my job as an Intelligence Office supporting the Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing. My last ever time in military uniform was spent hosting Lady Thatcher at a ceremonial dinner. I successfully grew my first property business over five years, until I was approached by the UK’s largest national estate agency chain to sell my company - which I did! Having my daughter, Gabriella who, as a rainbow baby, was long awaited and she brings me and my husband so much joy.
Lows - I had a life-threatening illness as a child. I ended up in a coma and at one point my breathing stopped and I was resuscitated. I was completely paralysed and on a ventilator - the only thing I could move was my eyelids to blink! It took a long time, but fortunately, I made a full recovery. After university, I desperately wanted to be an RAF pilot, but sadly did not pass aircrew selection, which was a major set-back at the very start of my career. However, I went on to be offered a role in Intelligence and had an amazing 6 years in the RAF.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing women today?
I think we are so lucky to live in a society and democracy in which women have a voice, when there are so many women who are oppressed. I spent time in Afghanistan on operational tours of duty shortly after the fall of the Taliban regime, however, it still had huge influence in many parts of the country. Women were forced to wear Burkhas and they banned girls from attending school. One day, when I was working in Afghanistan, the Taliban attacked a girls school and killed all the pupils and teachers and it really bought it home to me how much these young girls and their female teachers risked in order to receive and provide an education. I think Malala Yousafzai the Pakistani schoolgirl and activist who survived a Taliban assassination attempt, is truly inspirational for what she has done for advocating the right to education for all children.
What advice do you have for other women?
If you listen to your heart and think “Do I really want to do this?”, usually there’s not a good reason why you can’t.
Do you think it’s important to have International Women’s Day and why?
Yes I think it is essential to shine a light on women’s rights. Western democracies have come so far, but sexual abuse and harassment in the work place is still an epidemic and the #metoo and #timesup movements are the next generation of progress for women’s rights in the West. However, there are so many women around the world who live in oppressive societies and for them the light still needs to be shone brightly.
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