2016 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Spice Girl’s breakthrough single ‘Wannabe’, when Girl Power was shouted from the rooftops to the masses. Third-wave feminists continued to highlight the need for progression, from the legal and institutional rights that were extended to women previously, to further changes in stereotypes, media portrayals, and language to define women.
Personally, I am not one for labels however I acknowledge that they exist for a reason. I would much prefer to think in terms of gender equality rather than feminism. Is that not the common cause we should all be standing up for?
I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. ~ Emma Watson
Exactly how empowered do we feel today?
Companies run by women performed almost three times as well than those run by men, according to a new study. It found that Fortune 1000 companies with female CEOs produced returns of 348 per cent from 2002 to 2014. Do ‘typical’ female personality traits make for better corporate leaders, or do we just feel pressure more than male counterparts? I have no idea but one thing is clear, the benefits of gender equality in the workplace really do ripple across the world. Governments now recognise that women’s inclusion drives development, and acknowledge that achieving the Millennium Development Goals and national economic and development plans requires rapidly moving towards gender equality.
In an increasingly globalized and interconnected world, utilizing all social and economic assets is crucial for success. Yet, despite progress, women continue to confront discrimination, marginalization and exclusion, even though equality between men and women stands as a universal international precept – a fundamental and inviolable human right. ~ Women’s Empowerment Principles
Sadly, to this day women’s rights vary dramatically country by country from domestic violence to property and work, inequality is alive and kicking across the globe. Do we all not have a part to play in this change? And, surely true gender equality can only be achieved if women and men work together, a point raised so eloquently by raised by Emma Watson at the launch of the HeforShe campaign.
As I write this I am admiring my successfully painted nails (they are very pretty). Tomorrow I hope to squat with 50kg. I embrace my femininity while striving for strength and empowerment. I don’t want to be discriminated against, nor do I wish to have preferential treatment. My opinions should not be perceived as aggressive or bossy but valued and respected on their on worth. My gender does not define me, my actions do.
What do your actions say about you?
Let’s spice up life and empower others. Gender equality starts with you.