Happy International Women’s Day!! Today we celebrate all women and the advancement’s we’ve made in Women’s Right’s, the knowledge and understanding that is growing around equality the questions that are being asked and the rise of feminism. No longer do we stand quietly by, our voices our opinions are now recognised and heard. For that I wanted to share with you my female inspirations, Girl Bosses and Female Empowerment those who have inspired me the most, and the one non-female who encouraged my female independence, believed in my strength and influenced the girl boss with in me.
My Mum – I get to look at this wise woman everyday, the woman who rebelled against her family to have her family and dream career in Childcare, the woman who raised me and my brother whilst my dad worked 2 jobs, the woman who would skip meals so that me, my brother and my dad could be fed, the woman who showed me what it means to stand up for myself, my beliefs and others around me, the most caring, loving and loyal woman I know. My original role model, my number one female inspiration, my mum. Together with my dad she raised me to be independent, inspired me to achieve my goals and dreams and showed me what it meant to treat everyone equally.
My Dad – The one and only non-female on my list, the man who showed me how to change a tyre, how to fit a washing machine, fix a boiler and change a fuse. The man who talks to me like a ‘man’, he doesn’t dumb it down or patronise and he doesn’t ‘rescue’ the damsel in distress instead he advises and informs. He has given me the tools and knowledge to fend for myself, he has supported and encouraged my independence and equality, as much as we celebrate this day for female’s, we also need to celebrate those males who also fight for equal right’s and give us the strength to be strong independent females, those beliefs, ambitions and cultural changes start at home.
My Managers – I work part-time in retail and I am so proud to say that all our top line managers are female!! Store Manager, Deputy Store Manager, Womens Shop Floor Brand Manager, Mens Shop Floor Brand Manager and Stock Room Manager are all female’s, we are a female power hub, we do have male managers within the store and of course male and female staff but it honestly makes me so proud to work for a company where female’s are leading the way.
Friends – I have been so lucky to have so many strong, independent and supportive female friends. So many times we hear about girls being ‘bitchy’ and ‘vicious’ and yes, I know first hand that can be the case, but girls we should be building each other up not tearing each other down, and when you find a friendship where you support and encourage each other then they are one’s to keep. Pay each other a compliment, it goes an awful long way when we’ve had a bad day, inspire younger generations, friends and family, help out those in need, female empowerment starts with you, empower those around you.
Bloggers and Vloggers – It’s no surprise that bloggers and vloggers are inspiring so many of us, they are the relate-able celebrity friends that tell us about the newest and prettiest makeup, show us how to do that hairstyle we’ve been struggling with and talk to us like we’re actually in the room with them, and to see so many female bloggers/vloggers inspiring and encouraging others is amazing to be a part of. Zoe (Zoella) with her 12 million viewers, Victoria (InTheFrow) with the most beautiful editorial style blog, Mykie (GlamandGore) with her infectious energy and comedic style. These are female’s that have built empires from making videos, taking photo’s and writing about their passions, hard-working women whose hobbies became their businesses.
We as women have come a long way from fighting for our rights, we still have a long way to go for true equality, but each of us can make a difference. Let’s build each other up, inspire and encourage, and make a change in our world.
Happy International Women’s Day!!