International Women’s Day 2019 – 3 women from Milton Keynes share their stories…

Posted by Rebecca Chamberlain

Local certified health coach calls on the Mum to Mum community to support an inspiring book written for girls of our future on INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2019…

‘The Woman I’m Becoming’ is a celebration of World Book Day and IWD with proceeds providing scholarships to young women nationwide @

This International Women’s Day, Carol Wright from Milton Keynes is excited to combine forces with other successful women from across the world, to inspire the females of our future as she shares her story to make an impact on this year’s IWD campaign, #BalanceForBetter.

Calling for her local community to support her, Carol hopes that with local support this book will become a best-seller on International Women’s Day (8th March), as the royalties from the book will provide scholarships through ‘Your Future Self’ – an academy set up to help young people transition into adulthood. The money from book sales will help fund scholarship places for young adults to attend self-development retreats, as part of, Carol’s commitment to empowering the next generation of women.

This collaboration book is launching on International Women’s Day (8th March) for just 99p and all the authors hope as many people as possible will download it within the first few hours, to enable them to reach as wide an audience as possible, raise maximum funds, and achieve best-seller status for all the authors involved.

Her story starts with sharing her own childhood and teenage years as an overweight (size 18 at 14 years old), spotty, greasy haired teenager with a bad attitude. After realizing later in life that her hormones, stress and poor gut health had caused her years of pain and mental turbulence, Carol decided to leave her legal career which she started on as a police officer, then qualified lawyer and solicitor, to become a Certified Health and Life Coach so that she could share her story and knowledge with others – she now have over 3 years experience and is the Founder of Healthy Minds Matter, a member of UK Health Coaching Association and The Health Coaching Institute.

Carol also offers advice on subjects such as focus, performance, pain and stress with her key message being to treat your body well now and your hormones will play their balanced part and take you through life to a ripe old age with health and happiness without health complications or autoimmune conditions.

Carol, believes that being a teenage girl today is hard and a little support can go a long way, especially when faced with statistics such as these…

Alarming facts;

  • 1 in 4 girls will self-harm before they leave school. There has been a 70% increase in 10-14 tear olds attending A&E for self-harm. ( and
  • Girls as young as 5 are worrying about their weight. By the age of 10, 80% of girls will be on a diet to change their body shape. (APPG Report 2012 and Common Sense Media 21/1/15)
  • 47% of girls feel the pressure to look attractive is a disadvantage to being a girl – this figure rises to 76% for 15/16 year olds. (APPG Report 2012)
  • Teenage girls are now more likely to suffer partner abuse than any other age group. 12.7% of girls aged 16-19 have experienced domestic abuse in the last year alone. (British Crime Survey 2010)
  • 33% of girls aged 13-17 have experienced some from of sexual abuse. (NSPCC 2009)
  • 68% of female university students experience sexual harassment on campus. (NUS Hidden Marks Survey 2010)

Girls are now 3x more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than boys and on any give day up to 5% of girls aged 12-17 will be prescribed anti-depressants. (Nuffield Foundations, Social Trends in Adolescent Mental Health 2013)

This passion project was spearheaded by 31 year old Abigail Horne, Founder of Authors&Co which helps women leave a legacy through creating bestselling books. Abi felt compelled to show young women how to be kinder to themselves, love and value themselves and feel empowered to create the futures they desire after recently having a baby girl. Passionate to support her Carol, also wants to make an impact on future generations.

The collaboration book ‘The Woman I’m Becoming’ (available on Amazon) is a celebration of both World Book Day and International Women’s Day in one. It brings together female entrepreneurs from across the globe, all of whom are experts in their field, to share their stories, reflections, advice and guidance on subjects from money, health, and relationships to self-worth, wellbeing and authenticity.

Abigail hopes to make this year one to remember for Carol, to showcase her as a best selling author and to also leave a legacy for future generations.

This year’s theme for IWD is #BalanceForBetter, with the aim of building a gender-balanced world through collaboration – and that is exactly what Authors&Co publishers have done: collaborated to try and achieve balance.

Carol Wright said: “ I am delighted to be involved in this incredible collaboration book for International Women’s Day – uniting with other women from around the globe to help empower 14-18year olds. I am passionate about sharing my story and issues I faced with hormones, stress and food from a young age to help inspire others to take action. I am an advocate for healthy eating and positive mindset. I believe that with the right support, people can change habits and rebuild their lives from past events when given the right coping mechanisms to deal with the future.”

Carol is the Founder of Healthy Minds Matter and specialises in rehabilitation in traumatic cases, prevention of stress, time off work, emotional eating or addictions to mask pain and prevention of future autoimmune illnesses.  She is also a mindfulness, health and lifestyle transformation coach.

Carol is also passionate about the control of sugar in our foods, which increasingly affects children’s mental health, habits in sleep, food and movement and is keen to prevent thyroid, diabetes and heart disease in the future.  

Authors&Co has already changed the lives of many women and female entrepreneurs from around the world, having helped over forty women globally to become best-selling authors whilst reaching millions of readers worldwide.

To find out more about how to support the book visit

Authors&Co and Carol are looking for local women to join their social media campaign. They’d like thousands of women across the globe to collaborate on the 8th March by sharing their rallying message simultaneously to further increase the impact. Join the social group on Facebook –


Following the launch of the International Women’s Day book, Authors & Co is hosting a charity meet and greet event with some of the authors. Money raised at this event will also be donated to “Your Future Self Academy” to fund scholarship places for young adults to attend self-development retreats. Alison Goodwin, Founder of Your Future Self, said: “We are delighted to be supported by this book launch event. We help young adults with: Mindset, Team Building, Sports, Employability Skills, Leadership, Goals and Money Management. Our retreats are pioneering, transformative, guaranteed to be fun, and will help young adults authentically connect with their peers. The retreats are an opportunity for young people to feel empowered when making career choices; this will be achieved by helping them explore extracurricular activities in a stimulating learning environment.”

Mum to Mum is super proud of Carol, Catherine, Emma and the other inspirational ladies who have collaborated on this book to raise awareness of all these shocking statistics…. We hope it is a best seller for you all!

International Women’s Day 2019

A friendly, reassuring and positive guide for teenage girls as they approach life’s challenges and crossroads. Covering everything from hormones and body image to self-identity and self-worth, this book reassures readers and boosts their confidence, encouraging them to feel positive about the different chapters they will experience as they become women. Filled with facts and thoughtful advice, with words of wisdom from older women, this book includes advice on topics like nutrition, relationships, personal finances, and how to embrace exactly who you are.

Told in each woman’s own style, this book transcends genres and categories: part guidebook & part memoir.With an aim of empowering these young women in a world where they are bombarded with messages about how they should look, behave & succeed, this book is an indispensable companion to growing up, because knowledge is power, after all.


With special thanks to the International Women’s Day Collective,Stephanie Adams, Gemma Angharad Morris-Brown, Danielle Ivy Baker, Christine Bardoe, Kate Blake, Jenny Bowers, Rachel Brookes, Lucy Crane, Helen Elizabeth, Samantha Francis, Gill Garrett, Kerry Ann Lewis, Emma Maslin, Dalida Moger, Catherine Morgan, Denise Mortimer, Michaela Pay, Carol-AnnReid, Alison Stockton, Carol Wright & Uzma Pinks Zamir.

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