“The war is usually seen through military eyes. However, it could not have been won without the efforts of millions of women. They proved what they could do – what took a great deal longer was to convince everyone that they should do it.” ‘Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One’ by Kate Adie, (Hodder & Stoughton) The history of the contribution of women to history is not a glorious one; so often the
In the UK the prime minister has had a pre election reshuffle of ministers. Realising his record on women in Cabinet was pretty atrocious, and in a direct play to women voters, he made a lot of noise about recruiting more women into his government. In fact, he made 40 new appointments and 10 were women. I make that 25%. There are now 5 women in the Cabinet. 20% of the Cabinet are women. The press had a field day.
It’s odd, and I am not an exception to this rule, (sigh) but most women I know are trying to make themselves smaller. What do we all tend to do with small people? Talk down to them. Powerful people take up a lot of space, as of right. Today, whatever height or size you are, stand tall, own the space you are in, walk tall, feel powerful. Be wonderful! P.S. You might find yourself feeling taller after a day on
“Sorry to interrupt you, but I need to…” “Sorry, but I’d like to ask a question….” or “Sorry, but I have no right to claim this space/time as mine so am prefacing everything I say with sorry to make myself small and unnoticeable…don’t look at me” If this sounds familiar, either about you or someone you know, watch this video (even though it’s a shampoo commercial it speaks to me) and then try to eradicate that word from your vocabulary
I hate it when people think they are giving me a compliment by saying I do something ‘just like a man’. I’m a woman, for heaven’s sake, I don’t need my actions validated by being told I do it like a man, i.e. better than if I was doing it like a woman…. Acting ‘like a girl’ was often used as a form of control when I was very young too, usually to stop me playing with the boys: Jane,