Catholic MP joins Emma Watson in influential neurodivergent women list
A leading Catholic MP says it is an ‘honour’ to be named in a list of the top 50 influential neurodivergent women of 2019.
Emma Lewell-Buck, MP for South Shields, was named among a list of prominent scientists, designers, artists, actresses and activists, including Harry Potter actress Emma Watson and pop star Lily Allen.
The list was compiled by Women Beyond the Box, an online platform which is described as “a community for smart women who are also neurodivergent.”
“It is such an honour to be named by Women Beyond the Box as one of the country’s most influential neurodivergent women and to be recognised for the work I have done and will continue to do for the millions of people in the UK who suffer with a neurodivergent condition,” she said.
Around 1 in 7 people are estimated to be neurodivergent in the UK, meaning that the brain functions, learns and processes information differently.
Neurodivergence includes Attention Deficit Disorders, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.
Emma Lewell-Buck lives with dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder which is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults.
She is the first MP to have spoken publicly about her condition, which contributed to her inclusion on the list.
Emma Case, the founder of Women Beyond the Box, said: “This list is about firsts. As Emma was the first MP to openly share about her experience living with dyspraxia, she was an obvious choice. My hope is that women searching for inspiration will feel encouraged by Emma and the position that she occupies, in spite of the challenges she faces as a neurodivergent woman.”
Since being elected, Emma Lewell-Buck has raised awareness of dyspraxia and other neurodivergent conditions in Parliament.
She also works with the Dyspraxia Foundation Charity and is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dyspraxia.
She has previously praised the achievements of those who are neurodivergent. “The neurodivergent people in this world have always been the big thinkers, and creators and innovators,” she said.
“We are the ones who always have the ability to think outside the box and come up with solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems.”
She selected notable neurodivergent women from the list for special praise.
“I am truly humbled to be listed alongside such powerful and distinguished women as Gizzi Erskine, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE and Jo Malone CBE,” she said.
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