International Women’s Day

Film

Today is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate everything that women have achieved so far and to recognise the importance of empowering each other. Below is a poem I wrote to show what it means to me:

A short poem written by me to show what international women’s day means to me.

I am very much an amateur poet but I thought this would be the best way to express what it means. There is still so much to be done to achieve equal opportunities for both sexes but today is a day in which we can celebrate all of the successes of women, and of the women who though they might not have done anything extraordinary, lift us up and inspire us in our day to day lives. For me, these people are my Mum, my sister, my gran, my nan and my friends. Each and every one of them support or give advice or are always there for me and I’m always so grateful to have them to act as my role models.

There are so many people out there currently too who are so inspirational; from Michelle Obama, Oprah, Malala, Emma Watson – they are all out there to spread the message of equality and empowerment. Today is a day for you to think as a woman ‘Yeah, I can do this. I can achieve my dreams. There is nothing stopping me.’ Today is about instilling belief in yourself, no matter how crazy, or how impossible you think you’re dreams might be.

To see some of the incredible things women can do, here are ten films that remind me of how strong and capable we are. Some are to do with the subject matter, some are incredible female lead performances, some are made by incredible female film makers.

  1. Lets talk about Greta Gerwig – Little Women was out late last year. Her directing debut Ladybird got her a directing nomination. Both feature incredible performances by Soairse Ronan, and Gerwig’s writing about the female experience is brilliant and touching. If you haven’t seen either of these then go see them!
  2. The Aeronauts, directed by Tom Harper but Felicity Jones’ performance as the Aeronaut, Amelia, was phenomenal and she gives one of the best action sequences I’ve ever seen in a female lead.
  3. Hidden figures features phenomenal performances by Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae and Taraji P. Henson. Based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, all about the stories of the women behind the Apollo mission to get the first man on the moon. A really inspiring story, and a reminder of how the stories of many female figures in history are often forgotten and left behind.
  4. The Suffragette – to take you back to the roots of female suffrage
  5. Mary Queen of Scots, Directed by Josie Rourke and features two stellar lead performances given by Soirse Ronan and Margot Robbie about two queens and their struggle to hold power in a man’s world.
  6. Ophelia directed by Claire McCarthy. The film looks at the passive voice in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and tells Ophelia’s side of the story.
  7. Julie and Julia directed by Nora Ephron. A really great ‘Sunday afternoon’ watch. It’s a sweet plot all based around food, fame and role models. And it stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams as Julie and Julia.
  8. Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins. It’s all in the name so I couldn’t not include it in this list. Theres also Captain Marvel that came out in March last year which very much focuses on the oppression and rise of women. Both are great, but I found Wonder Woman a better watch because I don’t always like to be reminded of the oppression of women when i’m watching a film and it did kind of deter it off of the storyline.
  9. Becoming Jane – a story of acclaimed writer Jane Austin’s Life and the love story that supposedly inspired her novels. It is a romance with a more tragic ending than her novels but it also tells of her struggles to be a female writer and to be independent in a world in which she was expected to marry.
  10. Kathryn Bigelow – the first and only woman to win best director for ‘Hurt Locker’, she also directed ‘Zero dark thirty’ starring Jessica Chastain. Admittedly, I have only watched the latter and that was a really great film showing a woman in a profession full of men, and it was based on a true story.
  11. There is also a great short film called “Leading Lady parts” which was directed by Jessica Swale, its all about the hypocrisy of how films are cast.

There was also a preview today of Radioactive, a film about Marie Curie, starring Rossamand Pike and directed by Marjane Satrapi, that I wanted to see but couldn’t make it – to anyone who has seen it, what was it like? Was it good?

There are also so many other great films out there, but these are the first ones that came to my mind and were films I really enjoyed. I tried to stay fairly recent too, so sorry if I missed some golden oldies off of the list. Please feel free to leave any suggestions in the comments below – I need some new great female led/directed films to watch.

Who Run The World?

Thoughts

Happy International Women’s Day! A day for us to recognise incredible women from the past and inspiring women now. Life for women has changed so much in the last century, women now having the opportunity to vote, be independent and, in the words of Beyonce, run the world.

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There are so many influential women out there from Malala and other advocates to all the leaders in the UK; the Prime minister, the head of Met police, the Queen etc to talented actresses to inspiring artists. All reminding us, that as women now, we can achieve anything.  But this isn’t the case for many places around the world. I feel so lucky to live in a part of the world where we are almost at gender equality, and its awful to think that in so many places women are still being discriminated against and abused. There are many charities dealing with this issue such as the Malala fund, and I think it is so important that on this day we think about those that are worse off than us and you can donate, to help all these women who are deprived of educations and prejudiced, on their website.

Something closer to home though that we can all do, Is to empower each other! I think it is awful when there are still so many people tearing each other down when we should be raising each other up. Encourage everyone to be the best person they can be and achieve their aspirations. I bet all those women throughout history had some close friends helping them achieve what they thought would be the impossible. Just think about the suffragettes, they all worked together to get the medias attention to be allowed to vote. That wouldn’t have happened if they hadn’t empowered each other.

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There are many movies about some incredible women, here are my favourites if you fancy watching something with some seriously strong female leads on this international women day …

  1. The suffragette
  2. Wonder woman
  3. Hidden figures
  4. The iron lady
  5. Sex and the city
  6. Brave
  7. Sense and sensibility
  8. Alice in wonderland
  9. The Devil wears Prada

Or if reading is more you’re thing here are some equally inspiring books…

  1. Jane eyre
  2. Hidden figures
  3. I am Malala
  4. The diary of Anne Frank
  5. The colour Purple
  6. Yes please

I’d love to know your favourite books, movies or even songs that are about strong women in the comments! Go out and empower each other this Women’s day, you’ve got this.

Thank you so much for reading and thank you to all my girl friends and family who constantly inspire and encourage me, you know who you are! ❤

Who are the women in your life who inspire you? xxx

Has Feminism Gone Too Far

Thoughts

I am a feminist. I believe that both sexes should be treated equally and that all people should feel empowered by their peers.

I don’t think that women are better than men, I think that we are all individuals with different strengths and weaknesses no matter what our gender or sex is. And that is the great thing about humans; our variation, how each person is unique, not identical to any other person. I think it would be crazy to make such a statement whether it be ‘men are better than women’ or ‘women are better than men’ or making comparisons between any group of people because we are all completely different in some way or another to other people. Not all women are the same, some are interested in science, some are sporty, some are arty. Each individual is unique. Not all men are the same. Some like sport, some don’t, some are academic, some aren’t. It would be crazy to make such a statement because we would then be labelling a particular group of people based on one aspect of who they are. Each person is unique.

Which is why I titled this post ‘has feminism gone too far’ – are some trying to turn it less into equality for all and more into women are more powerful? Yes I think that we should try and empower other women because women have been seen to be the weaker sex throughout history. I walked into Waterstones the other day and saw that they had done a table of children’s books that are all about incredible female protagonists and showing children that women can be strong and can do anything. And I thought that this is how the stereotype of women will be eradicated, the stereotype is all down to society and that is difficult to change when we have all had these stereotypes drilled into us in our childhood with phrases like ‘run like a girl’ ‘cry like a girl’ ‘ladylike’ etc.  But now I wonder if this ideal had gone far, forgetting about equality altogether.

People will always try and find something to comment on about someone else, as humans we seem to always be comparing, always judging. Pointing out something different about a particular group of people; weather that be sex, skin colour, body size, religion or even hair colour.

Have other issues gone too far? For example racism, Now white people are almost discriminated against with phrases like ‘such a white girl’ or ‘thats so white’. Whilst campaigning for equality for races the other side has been discriminated against. But its different all over the world, for many parts of America there is still significant segregation whilst in others it’s going the other way.

Overall, in an ideal world we would all empower each other and stop judging and comparing others so much. We are all unique and individual so cannot label people in the way we are beginning too. In an ideal world we would all respect the fact that we are all individual and unique. In an ideal world our biology wouldn’t change how others treat us.

Can we create this ideal world?