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?