I’m all about female empowerment. I feel strongly about helping women feel really freaking good about themselves, it’s the main reason I created The Self-Love Club. So yeah female empowerment, big fan.
It’s International Women’s Day on March 8th.
You may not know it’s been observed since the early 1900s, a completely different time for women. How lucky are we to be women now. Our great grandmothers, grandmothers and even our mothers didn’t have the same opportunities we do.
We owe a lot to them, they paved the way, they put up with a lot of BS and they nurtured us so we could literally live our best lives.
What is International Women’s Day and what does it mean?
International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
It also marks a call to action for accelerating the gender gaps including equal pay, equal rights for many parts of the world.
You don’t need me to tell you that inequality and sexism still exist in 2019.
We can have this positive day to celebrate women and I’m all for that but we can’t forget what is going on for so many women around the world and the progress we still need to make.
While a lot of what International Women’s Day is about is equality for women it’s not just about inequality with men, there is also inequality among women,
Some women do not support other women. Some women are threatened by other women. Some women think they’re better than other women.
Female empowerment is also about women being kind and lifting up other women.
Don’t let your own insecurities drag another female down, that’s your issue.
There is enough success, love and beauty for all of us.
Just because another woman is doing well, it doesn’t mean you can’t.
Women often have to fight everyday
To have a voice, to be heard.
I want to make a disclaimer, this is not against men in any way. I am very much pro men.
But there are certain comments and attitudes we experience at school, in society and at work.
I’m not saying I’m hard done by at all. We are so lucky, there are so many parts of the world where there are horrible things going on and we couldn’t even imagine what it’s like.
Like you probably have, I have been very lucky to have incredible parents, grandparents, family and mentors who have done nothing but support me and I’ve been lucky enough to have amazing opportunities. I mean I’m in my dream job and have a side hustle which I’m so grateful for but I too know what it means to have to fight and not be drowned out.
I’ve told bosses things and had them ignore me but then when a male colleague says exactly the same thing they listen.
I recently had something happen which I’m apprehensive to share but it really upset me and inspired me to write this because we’ve had enough.
We’ve had enough of having to water ourselves down because we’re made to feel we’re too much, too emotional, too bossy. We’ve had enough of being made to feel we’re imagining it or we’re overreacting, when if a man was in the same situation it’s just accepted and no one bats an eyelid or makes a sexist remark.
I’ve asked to have one of the good microphones we use everyday, just like the others on the show have and I was told (by a male) “Don’t be a fucking diva”.
First of all, I am not a diva and secondly if any of the male announcers asked for the same it wouldn’t be a problem, of course they would be given one. And it’s not a case of men against women, even other females wouldn’t be told this. It also comes down to politics and who people see as being most important, the loudest narcissists and I’m calling BS on it.
Newsflash, just because someone is in a high power role like the CEO of a company with a 250K plus salary doesn’t make them better than anyone else, not the cleaner who is cleaning up after everyone not anyone. We need to treat people with kindness regardless of their status.
This comment really upset me and I’m not going to lie I cried for over an hour afterwards and not just just because of that one comment but because it’s one of many over ten years working full time in this industry and we’re just expected to suck it up, not make a fuss out of fear for our careers.
Like so many women and men too, this does not exclude men. I have had to work and work and fight and fight and I am over it.
I don’t like being around fake egotistical people.
If there’s one thing I can urge of you this international women’s day and everyday: