Saturday, 7 March 2015

Make it happen.

Growing up I never thought, that as a young female living in England, I was at any kind of disadvantage and would ever be discriminated against in any way. It seems naive and pretty ignorant but it never even occurred to me that because I was a girl, I would have less opportunities and would be seen as having less value or 'worth' in society. I'm living in the UK in the 21st century, surely those kind of attitudes just don't exist anymore, right? Sadly, I was wrong. Sexism in the workplace, the gender pay gap, abortion still being illegal in the western world - there are so many ways in which females are continuing to be discriminated against and it is just beyond belief as to how this is STILL happening? I just can't comprehend it.

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But, despite the many steps we still have to take, we have made so much progress and tomorrow, on International Women's Day, we should be proud of that. We should use this day to listen to all of the strong, inspirational women who are achieving bigger and better things each day and use this as a tool to keep changing traditions set up by men for men. 

On Friday 6th March, I attended Newcastle University's International Women's Day conference, with talks from some of the region's most successful business women. After a few weeks of feeling pretty 'blah' about, well, everything, it was amazing to sit in a room and listen to these people who have experienced failure and success, but most importantly, have never given up. With social media constantly showing you these incredible people who are doing all these amazing things and having a life that only dreams are made of, it's so difficult to not compare yourself and let it get you down. However when I was listening to women such as TV presenter, Kim Inglis and Labour MP, Chi Onwurah, it was so clear how determined they've been to get where they are today so if not them, why not me? Why not you? Make your own luck and achieve your own success, right?

It's time to stop accepting that it's a man's world and we're just living in it. No seriously, f*ck that. There are so many incredible, amazing, inspiring women all around the world and it is not ok that we are still fighting to be paid equally, still fighting to be judged on our intelligence and skills rather than how our hair looks or what we're wearing. 

Let's celebrate International Women's Day and what we have achieved so far and then look to the future, because it looks so so bright.

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