'Work in progress' - International Women's day.
Its March meet the maker and today it is ‘Work In Progress’
I was in two minds on what to write this week and although I have a great new product that I am working on behind the scenes, I decided there was something more important that I wanted to speak about.
Today is also ‘International Women’s day’. A global day that we can celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.
Although we have come so far from the suffragette movement, we are 100% still in a ‘WORK IN PROGRESS’ situation to get gender equality. This won’t change overnight as we well know but everyone can help by doing such simplistic things.
So how can you help forge a gender equal world?
A really easy way to do this is to celebrate all women’s achievements and in turn helping to increase the visibility of them, while also calling out any inequality you see. Social media is a major part of most people lives, let’s use it for good and celebrate the positives but also make each other aware of the negatives!
To celebrate some of the most incredible women around me who have in some way change my life (however little or small it may be) I asked them to answer three questions for me:
1.) What would you say makes women great?
2.) What women need to do more of to empower themselves and each other?
3.) One thing you would tell young girls today.
Here are some of their wonderful responses. Thank you to all of you! Just know how special you are.
To start off, my Mum. She was in the police force for 30 years, joining back in 1982. I think you can just imagine how strong and independent she is from the era she joined the police; it was definitely still a man’s world!
Having such an empowered female figure at the centre of my life has been such a blessing (although sometimes a curse, one-word teenage years.) My mum has made me so perseverant and confident in my convictions.
1.) What would you say makes women great? Multi-tasking, empathy, perseverance, single minded.
2.) What women need to do more of to empower themselves and each other? Have confidence in your own abilities and “just do it”
3.) One thing you would tell young girls today: do what you want to do & don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t
Megan, one of my best friends. I met Megan at a time in my life where everything is changing and you are starting to become independent. I’ve travelled with Megan and seen some incredible things and throughout she has always been someone who has pushed me and encouraged me to be me. She makes me feel strong in being myself.
1.) What would you say makes women great? Maternal instinct - being able to effortlessly and naturally look after people and bring life into the world however still being able to be the bread winner and do whatever you see ‘success’ as. It is so powerful! Women have come so far over the past 100 years and can do whatever they like. Be powerful, you don’t have to let people walk over you. Be confident. Being able to manage a team / family (or both). Being able to care for a child who depends solely on you.
2.) What women need to do more of to empower themselves and each other? Be selfish, do things just for you, nobody else. Compliment people out loud instead of in your head. Smile at strangers. Be a good friend - listen to your friends
3.) One thing you would tell young girls today: You’re beautiful the way you are. Do what makes YOU happy. Don’t let your happiness come from other people - it comes from you! Enjoy being young - don’t grow up too fast. Take advantage of having 0 responsibilities. Things will change, and things can always get better. Ask for help if you need it, don’t be embarrassed about anything.
Emilie is a fellow small business owner that I have been friends with for years now. I originally met Emilie back in 2013 when we both started our foundation course in art and design at the University for the Creative Arts. We both then went on to do our degrees at the University of the Arts London (but separate colleges). We have kept in touch throughout our separate University days and still now she is a strong support through questioning times.
1.) What would you say makes women great? So many things! But I would say strength, selflessness and ambition come to mind initially. All the women who surround me (including you!) have an inspirational drive to achieve their dreams
2.) What women need to do more of to empower themselves and each other? Self-belief and self-confidence is paramount to empowerment, and in turn supporting each other and boosting each other’s confidence!
3.) One thing you would tell young girls today: Be courageous, confident and follow your dreams.
My oldest and closest friend Anna. I have been close with Anna for well over 10 years. Anna has always been someone who is so confident, and believe me that rubs off on you. She is one of the main people who really made me think about starting this brand, and would always big me up on our t
ravelling adventures when anyone asked what I did. Anna is my cheerleader and I hers! I speak to anna daily. We use each other as almost a punching bag. Anything that’s been exciting, scary, positive and negative I get it all my chest in usually a rambling Voice Note.
1.) What would you say makes women great? I would say our ability to do anything and as a rule empower everyone around us men, women and children. I don’t think you can be great women until you empower.