Inspiring women: Jade Paterson

As part of international women’s day, I was tasked with finding a woman I found ‘inspirational.’ At first, I thought of politicians and celebrities and those in the media. After a lot of consideration, I realised the women who inspire me the most are everyday women. The ones who choose to make a difference in the lives of others without much in return.

EN4 News spoke to Jade Paterson, a 21-year-old woman who is a student at Edinburgh University, but also works as a psychiatric care assistant.

In a study in Scotland last year, the Fair Work Convention found that those working in the industry were faced with ‘excessive shifts’ and unfair working conditions for an extremely low salary.

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Earlier this year Jade’s job was classed by the British Government as ‘Unskilled’ and after a long shift looking after patients, Jade was outraged and took to twitter to express her anger.

 

 

Jades outrage was shared by over 400 thousand people. Her tweet resonated with those in similar positions and lead to those who’s lives had been helped by carers.

 

Jade was inspired to go into the field by a woman close to her and believes that there should be more recognition for those in the industry.

 

Jade came up with the idea of ‘People of Edinburgh’ as a space on her University Hockey club’s Facebook page for members to be open and transparent about their mental health.

 

Due to her work on this project Jade is being nominated by Edinburgh University as one of the top 20 influential women of 2020.

 

Jade will take part in a photoshoot, along with the other 19 women nominated. Their portraits will then be shown, along with their accomplishments, at an exhibition for International women’s day on Sunday at Teviot House.

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