Shirley is a member of the SSS. The Smart Stubborn Society.
If this Chartered Accountant wasn’t so damn stubborn and smart, she would have been found under a rock in the deepest, darkest part of London East-End, as it was in the 1950’s.
She was born, a twin, in a Fish and Chip shop on the wrong side of the train track. Shirley began life as an innocent victim of circumstance. However, this stubborn, rebellious kid, though clever, found favour with her Grandmother who later adopted her and brought her up as her own child.
This totally changed the trajectory of Shirley’s future prospects.
Her Grandmother was a women of valour, before her time, achieving the unachievable during times when opportunities for women were severely limited . Under her grandmothers guidance, Shirley was allowed to “grow into her capabilities”. Shirley had natural academic instincts. Thankfully, Throughout her career, this was recognised and opportunities were provided for her.
Aaaah… those were the days, when ladies wore matching handbags, gloves and hats. but Shirley wasn’t one of those. She was a business women like her grandmother.