International Women’s Day
Hurrah, it’s a day to recognise and celebrate all that is amazing about Women all over the world. But why do we have this day I hear you roar?
Because quite frankly the tables are still massively tilted towards a gender monopolised world of male dominance.
Before we get to the praising and recognition, which we soo massively deserve, of some amazingly talented women I wanted to share some stark realities, because as much as I hate to drone on, if we don’t will anything change?
- In most professional industries males still outstrip women on the earning front.
- Women are more likely to take sick days from work- because we are still expected to be the all-round stay at home Mum whilst balancing with a high-powered career.
- Women are statistically more likely to have a lower pension pot.
- Women are more likely to be the main caregivers in a household.
- The word woman actually comes from the word ‘wifman’ meaning wife of the man.
- Women live longer than men.
- Women cry more than men (is this because we have a wider cultural capital?)
- Women spend nearly a year of their lives deciding what to wear. I can vouch for this and can say personally I feel it might be because I am insecure about what people may think and not confident enough in my own choices. Why do men not seem to have this issue? Maybe our choices are more often questions, giving us more self-doubt?
Don’t get me wrong, I have no axe to grind with any man individually, I know this is an issue ingrained so deeply in society I feel myself making excuses for the actions of others sometimes or taking on that ‘oppressed role’ on my own accord.
As a parent, if I do anything right in raising my daughter I want it to be this: I want Charlotte to grow up to make bold choices, know its ok to make mistakes, be a confident leader or a confident follower, be strong but still have empathy and most importantly…be kind.
Here are a few women who I truly believe put the WO! into Women:
The Politician- Mhairi Black
Mhairi Black MP is the United Kingdom’s youngest ever politician. She gained a first-class honours degree from the University of Glasgow and has been an influential and important campaigner for both gender equality and for LGBT. She strongly fights for the rights of others and is dedicated to being the voice of those who struggle to be heard. Through her work at Westminster, she takes no nonsense and speaks for what she believes (regardless of the continual trolling or backlash).
The Influencer- Emily Shak
Emily is a Scottish- Lebanesse social media sensation. From fashion to dining and everything in between, Shak has racked up almost 700k followers on her Instagram account alone. She moves to the beat of her own drum, leads the way in fashion and has forged an empire around being herself! If owning your identity is anything to be proud of then Shak has done just that and is a great example of how women can forge their own paths, out with gender bias. Go you!
The Activist- Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is a 21 year old education activist. Her words have reached thousands of men, women and children worldwide and her bravery has paved the way for thousands of young girls in Pakistan to get into education. At the age of just 11 she wrote an inspirational blog about what it was like living under Taliban rule. Of course, she was soon discovered and this led to an assassination attempt on her life by the Taliban. She was shot in the head and was in critical condition. Through it all she battled on and came out the other side stronger than ever. She was, and continues to be, an inspirational young leader.
The Mumprenuer- Lyndsey Kennedy, founder of Make Them Unique
Lyndsey is an absolute inspiration. As a Mum of two young children Lyndsey wanted to be that ‘Super Mum’ we all aspire to be. The stay at home Mum but with the successful career. Lyndsey embarked on a bold move and launched Make Them Unique after she saw a gap in the market for affordable, good quality and personalised items. From here Lyndsey has grown a successful small business and still been a present parent. Although her business is going from strength to strength, Lyndsey dreams (one day) of having an external work space as finding the right balance between home life and work life can sometimes be hard. She has shown motivation, drive and been an excellent role model to her young family. Go Lyndsey.
If these ladies show us anything it’s that by making bold choices, by raising our voices and by standing by what we believe in then we can mould a future where gender dominance is a thing of the past. Yes, we are not yet where we want to be but the tables are turning thanks to these, and many more, leading women.
Lets make 2019 the year of #balanceforbetter xx