Balance for better - International Women's Day 2019
Today is International Women’s Day.
Here at Transmission, we are extremely passionate about the day’s cause and in support, have brought together a few of our favourite things that have helped us in our lives and those around us in the spirit of #BalanceForBetter.
Below you can find sources of inspiration which resonate with us for International Women’s Day.
- A Woman’s Work – Harriet Harman (insightful look at how attitudes to women in UK politics has changed over the last 40 odd years)
- Diversify – June Sarpong (this book is about diversity as a whole but there’s a meaty chapter dedicated to women)
- Incredible Girls & Amazing Women – Jenni Young (designed to educate kids about famous inspirational women.)
- Girl Up – Laura Bates
- Feminists don’t wear pink and other lies
- The War on Women – Sue-Lloyd Roberts
- Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
- A feminist Manifesto in fifteen suggestions – Chimamanda Adichie
- Girl, wash your face – Rachel Hollis
- The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (if you can’t be bothered to read the book, watch the TV series. It’s just as good)
- The Power – Naomi Alderman (Sci-fi dystopia where women run the world)
Feminists don’t wear pink and other lies
"Don’t be the reason someone feels insecure. Be the reason someone feels seen, heard, and supported by the whole universe."
- Cleo Wade
"There is no limit to what we as women can accomplish."
- Michelle Obama
- Michelle Obama
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29 year old Latina in congress from the Bronx – “What I love is that she is unafraid to just be herself, and by that I mean she rocks up to congress with a red lip and gold hoops with skinny trousers on – unapologetically herself.”
- Ilhan Abdullahi Omar, Somali born American in congress – “Not only is she black but she’s Muslim too and proudly wears her hijab and quite rightly declared, that as guarded by the 1st amendment, it’s her right to wear it – no one else’s. I love that! Determined to break down barriers and stereotypes.”
This year we will be making donations in the form of clothes, books, toiletries and more to Solace Women’s Aid. A brilliant organisation who exist to end the harm done through Violence Against Women and Girls. Their aim is to work to prevent violence and abuse as well as providing services to meet the needs of survivors particularly women and girls.
- “What I love about those 2 examples is that people want that – women want to be represented by women who look and think like them and have lived a life, very much like them.”
- “I feel like in 2018, we finally decided that we weren’t going to continue to be considered less – and honestly, I’m so here for that! Look at the women taking over the tech industry (look at some of the Forbes female CEOs) – Safra Catz of Oracle, Mary Barra, of General Motors. You don’t have to be demure or assume that you deserve less, we’re literally shooting for the stars and it’s about time”
- “Growing up I was told I was too loud, to be more gentle and to speak only when spoken to. I didn’t listen. Today, I am an accomplished young professional, surrounded by like-minded individuals who share similar goals of being measured by ability and competence, not gender.”
- “I have 4 daughters. #BalanceForBetter matters to me because it defines the world they inherit”