With international women’s day taking place earlier this week, I wanted to highlight some female figures and organisations who are particularly inspirational to me. We have come so far in the last couple of years in getting equal rights to men but we still have such a long way to go. As mentioned in a previous post, I think women supporting other women is so important- we should celebrate each others achievements and lift each other up.
We are stronger together and as a collective, and it’s important to celebrate the successes of others- which I hope to do in this post.
Lauren Mahon. This young women is an absolute revelation and an inspiration in so many ways. She is a cancer survival and founder of GIRLvsCANCER -an established community supporting those affected by cancer. She does not sugar coat cancer in anyway- she is real, current and hugely empowering. She is working hard to change the way people perceive cancer and is really breaking down walls about this sensitive subject. Many of us know someone who has been affected by cancer- her blog is really worth the read whether or not you have been diagnosed with cancer yourself. She also has an online shop where she sells a range of t-shirts- with 25% of each sale going to charities that support those with cancer. An absolute breath of fresh air, be sure to check out her site!
Another hugely empowering site for women and I would particularly recommend the CTRL ALT DELETE podcast series. Founded by Scarlett Curtis, Grace Campbell, and Alice Skinner, The Pink Protest is a community of activists committed to engaging in action and supporting each other. It focuses on producing content to support campaigns and utilising social media to make change happen. It aims to build up a network of amazing activists and help support them, fighting to make the world a better place.
#HeForShe campaign. Do I need to say anymore? Emma Watson’s speech at the UN was hugely inspiring and so relevant for the climate and time we are living in. Her closing remark says it all really:
‘We are struggling for a uniting word but the good news is we have a uniting movement. It is called HeForShe. I am inviting you to step forward, to be seen to speak up, to be the “he” for “she”. And to ask yourself if not me, who? If not now, when?’
She also runs Our Shared Shelf book club which is just brilliant- go and have a little look!
Finally, I wanted to highlight this blog post by the Red Door Gallery, which highlights some amazing female artists. I am particularly fond of this artist, And Smile, who produces some truly incredible designs.