Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Being a feminist isn't a bad thing

Today is International Women's Day and I wanted to share a post highlighting the importance of celebrating and being proud of who you are. It doesn't mean we should be raging feminists and hate all men, but being a feminist to a certain degree and fighting for equality for women is something we should all strive towards.

Over the years the fabulous women that came before us set a perfect example, first of all by allowing us the chance to go to work and then by gaining us the right to vote in the UK but there's still a long way to go. The gender pay gap is a prime example as "latest figures suggest women still get paid an average of 20% less than men", that's the equivalent of almost £300,000 over a career of 52 years. Can you imagine working your way up to a senior position and finding out your male co-worker, who is doing the exact same job as you, is getting paid more? Just for the simple fact they're male. I'm pretty sure most of us would be enraged and rightly so.

The UK doesn't even make it into the top 10 countries with equal pay, but you'll be pleased to discover there are now steps in place for next year that aim to combat this issue once and for all. Companies with over 250 employees will be forced to reveal their pay gap and publish it on their company website, so there is nowhere for gender inequality to hide. If it wasn't for the women, and of course the many supportive men out there, that have been fighting for pay equality for many years, would this new guideline ever have been put in place? Probably not.

Growing up, girls are bitchy and that's a fact of life but even now it's clear to see that so many women don't support other women and that's sad. We should be happy for our girl friends that achieve amazing things, not try to bring them down and ridicule them. One thing I've noticed since staring blogging is the great sense of community that comes with it, bloggers are the first people to support other bloggers and it's nice to be a part of that.

Yesterday, Kim Kardashian posted a picture on Instagram of herself in the mirror with two black strips covering her modesty and it caused absolute uproar . Some of the comments I saw were unbelievable, "you don't deserve to be a mother" and "I'd be embarrassed if I was as fat as you" - hold up a second, aren't we the ones always telling girls to be proud of their body no matter what shape or size? Yes, posting a raunchy picture online may not be the best way to go about spreading that message but I'm sure half of the girls commenting have posted their fair share of bikini holiday snaps, so abusing Kim for doing practically the same thing makes no sense.

I am in no way a Kardashian fan but we should all be able to feel comfortable in our own skin, especially as a mother of two young children. Yes - mother's can still get naked, it's not a crime!

It's scary to know that so many women in countries across the world don't have the same rights as women here in the UK and terrible crimes like female mutilation are still very much present. That's why it's so important for women to carry on supporting other women and showing them that it's possible to make a great change.


If you liked this post you may like 21 Things You Realise at 21 Years Old or 16 Goals for 2016 


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