International Women’s Day 2018: Here’s To Strong Women

May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.

I have huge love & admiration for fellow women. We laugh in the face of adversity, inequality, sexism,  all the things we encounter on a daily basis. We know that we are better than those of you who do not see our worth, or are intimidated by it.

I have worked in industries and seen the gender pay gap first hand. I had to work incredibly hard to be seen and valued as men were in a typically male-dominated department. Seeing things like that just made me more determined and did not slow me down. Yes, it felt wrong and made me angry but I chose to fight by showing them what I was capable of. Things eventually changed and equal pay was given –  A not so small victory.

We are all champions for women in our own way.

 

2016, Sweden. Activist Tess Asplund stands in front of protesters from the Nordic Resistance.

 

We’ve achieved a lot this past year:

 

Berkshire, England – Sep ’81. Women chained themselves to a fence at a military base.

 

Being a writer there are so many authors I love that are incredibly important today. Writers and creatives have and always will be an integral part of feminism and our efforts for equality. Be they current, or writers of classics.

 

Virginia Woolf

“Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer, who is considered one of the foremost modernist authors of the 20th century and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device.”

I’ve loved her books for as long as I remember. The more I’ve learnt about her, the more my admiration grows.

She was one of a few female writers who really did change the world and the industry. I was so drawn to her writing style and how unapologetic she was. I still remember reading  A Room Of One’s Own for the first time.

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.” – Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas

 

There are many other female authors that I love beyond measure. The likes of  Mary Shelley, Emily Bronte, Sylvia Plath, Emmeline Pankhurst, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Louisa May Alcott and so many more…

 

Check out Waterstones 100 books for 100 years: This International Women’s Day, as we celebrate 100 years of women’s right to vote in Britain, we bring together our selection of 100 books which represent the wealth and diversity of women’s writing throughout history.

Penguins: 10 Vintage books that celebrate International Women’s Day

 

13 April 1985 – Växjö, Sweden. Danuta Danielsson hitting one of the marchers with her bag.

Be the woman hitting a neo-Nazi with a handbag you wish to see in the world

Great women we all know

 

#internationalwomensday

 

great women I know

*I could name so many people to go here but thought I would keep it short.

My friend Thomasina is so incredibly kind and a wonderful mother. We started being friends after I moved to Hove and was at a difficult crossroads in my life. She is such a wonderful person who I’m extremely glad to know. I love her and her boys dearly.

Sammy was such a bright light and a great friend to me. Her warmth and kindness for people & animals alike was so refreshing and why she touched so many peoples lives.  Her mother and younger sister are also both incredible, strong women.

My sister is an amazing mum and her 2 children adore her. There are many things in this life that aren’t as rewarding as being a parent.. with our difficult upbringing I’m glad that one of us was able to have that. I love her, my niece and nephew to bits. I’m excited to see the amazing woman I know my niece will become.

 

To all the women out there who are fighting for our rights and those who support our efforts. I thank you.  x


 

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8 thoughts on “International Women’s Day 2018: Here’s To Strong Women

    1. Aww thank you so much. This one meant a lot to write and I’m so happy that people loved it. I want to try and do more stuff like this and stuff that isn’t aimed at vegans. I still think people are in that mindset that my blog is for vegans only and there’s nothing they could possible get from it because they aren’t vegan – so not true! There’s been more things I’m sure but the stuff over 100 is very impressive.

  1. I love this look at inspiring women both on a global scale and a personal level. Really helps to connect bigger ideas to everyday life. A wonderful post full of wonderful people. You are also a brilliantly inspiring woman! On another note, I adore Sylvia Plath’s writing xx
    Alys
    https://alysjournals.wordpress.com/

    1. I really wanted that to show and for people to see women that inspire me and that I look up to on a famous and every day life level. I know so many incredible women from mothers to entrepreneurs. Thank you and I’m so glad you loved it. It meant a lot to me to write it and share it with you all. Aww thank you so much ?You’re so incredibly kind thank you. She’s wonderful isn’t she. I think the people I admire the most are writers and I always have.. makes sense that my journey took me here. Xxx

        1. Oh good I’m glad. I hope that some people mentioned will read it too and it will make them happy ?xxxx

  2. Love it! Happy International Woman’s Day Sihoban. Whats your favorite by Sylvia Plath? I think I remember enjoying her work as well in high school would love to read something by her again

    1. Thank you. And to you girl! ???The Bell Jar definitely.. I think most say that. The collected poems is also great.
      It’s been a while since I’ve read Plath out of the authors I listed. Writing this made me want to read all of my favourite authors again.

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