I Am Woman

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Believe it or not, what inspired me to write today’s post was Celebrity Big Brother.

Have you been watching this series? Confession, Big Brother is my favourite TV show. I bloody love a good reality show! If you haven’t, let me bring you up to speed with the aim of the game. Every year there’s a theme to the show, this year is all about celebrating 100 years since women won the right to vote. Year of the woman.

Women’s rights are the rights and entitlements claimed for women worldwide, and formed the basis for the women’s rights movement in the nineteenth century and feminist movement during the 20th century.

There is a real mix of women in the house, all from different backgrounds and walks of life, for example, Ann Widdecombe, former Controversial ex-Tory MP, India Willoughby, previous newsreader for ITV whom transitioned to become a woman in 2015 and then there’s Maggie Oliver in there, who’s probably the least ‘famous’ out the lot but never the less well known and amazing. Maggie is the real-life central character in the programme Three Girls about the grooming scandal in Rochdale.

On one of their first nights together in the house, the ladies were asked a range of thought-provoking and trivial questions about being a woman and the challenges they’ve all faced as females in their lives.

It was so interesting to hear the women discussing how they’ve been discriminated at work, out at a bar, on dates, in the cinema, by arrogant small minded men. And it’s really resonated with me, that maybe there is still a huge difference between women and men in modern day society.

I massively support feminism but in my mind, being a feminist is not the encouragement of women are better than men, it’s that we’re all human and we’re all equal. We should never be treated any differently to one another.

I think perhaps I think differently about this divide in society because I’ve grown up around strong independent women, like my Mam for example, bringing me up by her self and maintaining an incredible career. Or maybe it’s the fact I attended an all-girls secondary school where I was taught that women can do anything they want to achieve.

Learning about good old Emily Davison in a year 8 history lesson will always stand out for me. Emily was a suffragette who fought for votes for women in the United Kingdom in the early twentieth century. She was a member of the Women’s Social and Political Union and a militant fighter for her cause. She was arrested on nine occasions, went on hunger strike seven times and was force-fed on forty-nine occasions. She, unfortunately, died after being hit by King George V’s horse Anmer at the 1913 Epsom Derby when she walked onto the track during the race. Cheers hun.

Every boy who I’ve ever gone out with has always respected me and treated me as equal, probably down to the fact they’re from my generation where we as women have a lot more freedom.

Being only 21 and having really only been four years into my career has meant I’ve only been around men in a working environment for that long. I’ve learnt a lot about men in that time, the older ones mainly. They’re usually the ones that ask for coffees to be made for them, and only like to be spoken to when they’ve asked something. Maybe that’s why some men whom I’ve worked with couldn’t bear me because I’m opinionated and will never be your stereotypical ‘woman’ I’m a modern woman.

In my newest job, the current company I work for now, when I first started I was the first woman on the team and I was treated as an equal. I have never once felt discriminated for being a woman which I’m really pleased about.

That brings me to my next point, the division between women and men pay. I decided to do some research into this and shockingly it’s STILL happening! But why?! According to FullFact.org, the gender pay gap is 9.1% per hour for full-time employees in the UK or £1.32 per hour. That saying that’s still be used today that men are ‘the breadwinners’ in a household is a load of crap, why can’t women earn more than men?

I felt empowered hearing that BBC China editor Carrie Gracie has decided to stand down after her gender pay row. Carried turned down a raise after she decided she couldn’t be apart of an institution that discriminated women like that. What warmed my heart furthermore was the hashtag on Twitter #istandwithcarrie, created by her BBC colleagues to voice support for her stance.

I’m so proud to be a woman and be apart of a generation taking a change to the history of women’s rights. Discrimination against women is not right nor is it legal, it’s human rights! I looked into legal services around human rights and found Slater Gordon Solicitors who are helping eliminate and solve problems such as this! And that’s an option if you feel unfairly treated. Don’t be afraid!

Are you proud to be a woman?

 

*Collaborative post.

20 Comments

  • Reply Gina January 12, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    I am SO proud to be a woman – and this post ROCKS! I think the more we build each other up will determine how great equal rights becomes. We are definitely capable of big changes in numbers x

  • Reply Rosie January 12, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    This post is crazy topical right now. I am loving CBB this year, it’s stirring up some amazing ideas and discussions! I am so proud to be a woman! More posts like this please!!

    • Reply Alice January 12, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      I know right! It’s so hot right now haha! Loving CBB too x

  • Reply Meera January 12, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    What a great and important topic to talk about. I totally agree that we have progressed massively with womens rights over the years, however, like you, I think it’s shocking that there is still (quite a large) pay gap! I think it’s easy to look at the progress we have already made and think that we’ve made it, in fact I remember talking to someone who thought the pay gap didn’t exist anymore (crazy I know), but I actually think we still have far to go. Great post & really thought provoking! x

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    • Reply Alice January 12, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks so much Meera x

  • Reply Caroline January 14, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I am loving CBB this year too! Ann Widdecome is really annoying me though, she has such outdated opinions. It’s terrible to think that most women have been discriminated against & also how many women have spoken out about sexual abuse with the recent #MeToo. We’ve come a long way since the original suffragette movement but we still have so far to go until men, women and everyone in between are truly equal xx

    • Reply Alice January 15, 2018 at 9:49 am

      She’s annoying me too. One day we’ll be equal… one day! xx

  • Reply Yasmina January 14, 2018 at 11:59 am

    I am so in love with this outfit! It’s so powerful! I can’t believe that there is such a big pay gap between male and female pay. It’s absolutely ridiculous considering that we are living in the 21st century and many companies adhere to the equal opportunities act. This is such a great post! 🙂 xx

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    • Reply Alice January 15, 2018 at 9:49 am

      Thanks a lot Yasmina xx

  • Reply Kelly-Anne January 15, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    This post is so empowering and inspiring, well done for writing such a post.

    • Reply Alice January 16, 2018 at 9:30 am

      Thanks Kelly!

  • Reply Maisie January 15, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    I am VERY proud to be a woman! Loved this post hun! (Also I love big brother far too much haha)

    • Reply Alice January 16, 2018 at 9:31 am

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply Gemma January 15, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Love this post lovely! Also your jeans are the bomb x

    • Reply Alice January 16, 2018 at 9:31 am

      Thanks Gemma 🙂 x

  • Reply Prettiful Blog January 16, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    This is a really thought provoking post! Thank you for sharing. I have sometimes felt discriminated against because I am female and pretty young considering my position in the company. But I push on!

    • Reply Alice January 16, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Me too!

  • Reply Emily January 22, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    It’s so good to see how this issue is really coming to the surface and being spoken about now! I have been watching CBB on/off so don’t really know what’s going on but loved the concept of this years theme

    • Reply Alice January 23, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      I agree!

  • Reply Poppy Mayy February 20, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    This is such an amazing post. Combining pop culture, fashion and feminism is genius.

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