‘Women’s Empowerment is the process in which women elaborate and recreate what it is that they can be, do, and accomplish in a circumstance that they previously were denied’. Wikipedia Reference – pretty accurate but a little vague I would say…
Scrolling through Instagram before bed and I come across a photo of a half-naked model. The very famous model actually Emily Ratajkowski who became famous after posing half-naked in Robin Thicke’s blurred lines video. Her caption read’s ‘I feel women’s empowerment in celebrating and sharing my sexuality. I think my body is beautiful and a lot of different bodies are beautiful’.
I read this caption, agree and feel some what empowered by that statement…go to take a photo in my underwear and put it on social media but do not feel that same sense of empowerment or confidence. Why? Emily Ratajowski feels it so surely I should too?
Why Am I Asking This?
As a woman in her 20’s I see lots of examples of women empowerment. In the media, news, social media. Celebrities and activists, women MP’s, women CEO’s. Lot’s of women demonstrating their empowerment and abilities to do whatever they choose. But I don’t actually know what it is? Or what it mean’s to me? This wasn’t a subject in school that we studied, this is something we have a responsibility to find out about ourselves and be inspired and influenced to make changes ourselves. But also make a choice of what makes us feel empowered and why?
Some Boss Women
So if you’re struggling like I am to understand or be inspired by the women’s empowerment movement. Here’s a list of boss women that you may or may not
- Oprah Winfrey – American Media Executive, actress, woman’s activist and hailed the most influential woman of her generation.
SlumFlower– award-winning blogger and author. Creator of #saggyboobsmatter
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Current U.S Supreme Justice and director of the ACLU’s women’s rights project.
- Tarana Burke – Founder of the #metoo movement which supports survivors of sexual abuse. Senior director of Girls for gender equality.
However, I also see conflicting views of women’s empowerment.
Women tearing each other down, calling each other out and deciding what is women’s empowerment and what is not. Surely that just defeats the whole point of women having the choice, opportunities and the very freedom that men do?
Do you support other women or do you judge? Are you out voting for your women MP’s or actively pushing for this empowerment in society to make it easier for the women behind us and so forth. Are you making decisions in your life and career that would impact women in a positive way?
Reality & Facts
- Worldwide Women make 20% less than men and won’t reach pay equity till 2059 if conditions persist. In basic terms, we are paid less because we are a woman or given fewer opportunities in high paying roles …kmt.
- 1 in 3 women has experienced sexual abuse at some point in their lifetime. Hence the viral tag #metoo – Search it on twitter if you want to understand how real this is.
- Globally over 750 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday.
- Over 150 Countries have at least one activly sexist law – From ‘legitimate rape’ in India to unfair inheritance laws in the UK.
Women are not empowered in society right now. Maybe in 50, 60 year’s that will change but fact’s and figure’s talk volume’s. As women in society with more opportunities then ever we have a responsibility to make a difference and strive for more! It’s very easy to look the other way, live in a bubble and assume this change will happen over night but I don’t think anyone actually believes that.
If you want equal opportunities, to be able to walk down the street alone on an evening without feeling that your safety is at risk. Or even go into a new job and not have to prove yourself because you are a woman! Then it’s your responsibility to push that change. To strive for more and break down those barriers. Make it your responsibility to go out and make a difference however small that may be.