This initiative is committed to raising awareness of the many struggles that women and young girls face in our society today.
As you can imagine, this issue is particularly close to my heart.
As a mother of 4 daughters I often wonder what sort of world my girls are going to grow up in.
Did you know that only 24% of news mentions women at all?
Are my girls going to be afforded the same opportunities as their male counterparts?
Are they going to have to work twice as hard to achieve the same rewards and remuneration?
I certainly hope not and it’s up to us to change that now!
My Miss M is in her final year of high school. Next year has her sights set on attending university and studying a Business Degree, traditionally a very male dominated career choice.
She is a very opinionated and self assured young lady, and I’m sure she will hold her own just fine. But in todays society strong women are often looked at differently.
Instead of strong, powerful and successful they are often perceived as “cold and bitchy”.
We are often criticised for our personal choices.
We are slammed for not spending enough time with our families, should we have a successful career. We are criticised should we indeed decide NOT to start a family, and choose dedication to a career instead. And yes, unfortunately for many, it still does have to be a choice.
We are often told these days “that we can have it all”.
Yes indeed we can, but in order to “have it all” we have to often silence that inner voice. The voice that pulls us in all sorts of directions. That conflicting voice within ourselves telling us that we should feel guilty for wanting and needing more. We feel guilty if our careers impact on the family unit, and in turn we feel guilty if our families impact our work life…sometimes we feel like we can’t win!
I hope that for my girls this struggle becomes easier over time, but I fear it is one that women will always bear to a certain degree.
My girls go to an “all girls school”. Their quality of education and the amazing young ladies that this school is producing is incredible.
They are always being told to “push through that glass ceiling”! A motto that is designed to inspire them to bigger and greater things. For them to realise that they are indeed capable of anything they set their minds to. To aim high and not to let anyone ever tell you that just because you are a girl, you can’t, or are unable to do something and succeed.
As part of this initiative I also hope to share posts from other #womenslives participants. Posts that will hopefully inspire and encourage you to have these conversations with your daughters.
As a parent to girls, I can think of nothing more important than encouraging them to be the best they can be. Help them to take advantage of and make the most of the opportunities they are given. Teach them that just because they are girls doesn’t mean that they can’t achieve and succeed with whatever their chosen path in life happens to be.
So keep checking back on the blog to discover new posts inspired by #womenslives. Check the facebook and twitter pages for the latest links to great content from other participants, right through 2015.
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