International Women’s Day
Yesterday was International Women’s Day, and all this week at The Southbank Centre there are various activities and celebrations in it’s honour.
I wanted to put down some thoughts about womanhood and being a woman for Elsie here on the blog…
I want her to know that being a woman is a gift. That she can achieve anything if she’s willing to work hard. That she can succeed in life and work whilst still being kind, considerate and nurturing. That she will gain so much by championing women and finding her own sisterhood in life. That women supporting women is one of the most empowering things we can do and that competitiveness or jealousy or knocking others achieves nothing other than fuelling negativity.
That it’s ok, in fact it’s really important to say to someone who makes a sexist remark, even if it’s a friend or relative, actually I disagree, that’s sexist. That we must keep striving for equality the world over and never get complacent. That she deserves every opportunity a man gets because she has as just as much value and potential. That she can choose whether or not and to have a life partner, and that is it up to her if she wants to have children or not. That if she does choose motherhood, she can decide whether or not to raise her babies at home or balance work with children and neither is better nor worse than the other. That the world is her oyster.
Above all, that I love her and value her with every fibre of my being and I could not be prouder to be her mother. That it’s an honour raising a future woman, an honour that comes with a big responsibility, to help her to find her own voice and have the confidence to use it.