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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a great day to celebrate the many skills of women. You need to look no further than the Bond girl’s to find a range of attributes that celebrate womanhood. Here are my top 5 Bond girls.

5. Honey Ryder - Ryder is widely regarded as the first Bond girl emerging from the ocean in a white bikini with a large seashell in one hand and a hunting knife. She has a wide range of skills; a diver, a marine biologist and a singer. The sun shining on her wet hair while she is singing "Underneath the Mango Tree", is considered a classic 007 moment.

4. Fiona Volpe – She is a deadly assassin in SPECTRE's execution branch who becomes NATO pilot Major François Derval’s mistress in order to steal a Vulcan bomber and its precious cargo of two atomic bombs. She is a fast driver picking up 007 in the Bahamas and a great dancer, which is how she dies taking a bullet in place of Bond.

3. Solitaire – Her famous skill may be reading tarot cards but she is also a card ace, beating Bond at gin rummy at the end of the film before falling for his charm.

2. Vesper Lynd – an HM Treasury “I’m the money” liaison officer who is charged with ensuring that Bond does not gamble too much money. She saves Bond’s life when he is poisoned leaving him unable to make the proper connection to a defibrillator. Having nursed Bond back to health, Vesper embezzles the money to pay for the sins of her past but Vesper resigns herself to death by locking herself in the lift and kisses Bond's hands to clear him of guilt.

1. Pussy Galore – The most talented of all Bond girls. She is into martial arts and an accomplished pilot, running her own aerobatics team. She is the hero of the film when Goldfinger is sucked through the window after the plane is depressurised, Bond and Pussy escape using a parachute. 

All of these Bond girls were extremely talented in their own ways and in different ways to the heroic actions of Bond. Pensions are the same. These are our top tips for women and pensions.

  • It is important for women to establish a pension in their own right; this makes fiscal sense as well as ensures independence.
  • It is not necessary to have a “gung-ho” attitude towards investments. In fact, many pension scheme providers and trustees design very effective default investments to suit the scheme membership and is a good place to consider first when starting your pension.
  • Not all of us can read the cards, so we do not know what the future has in store. Life means that often our plans can change, this is why it is important that women establish a pension in their own name.
  • Many women also have caring responsibilities. It is possible that you can be getting National Insurance credits that will build up your state pension when you are caring for children, grandchildren or parents.

A pension is not for its own sake. It exists to help people achieve their later life goals. On International Women’s Day, we should celebrate the diversity that women bring to the world and wish that they all have a pension to meet their goals for now and in the future.

If you have a question about your pension contact our team on 0300 123 1047 (Mon - Fri 9-5). 

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