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Every year for the past few years I have pulled together a post for International Women’s Day, trying to link in with that year’s theme as best I can. This year’s theme is #EachforEqual and focuses on the idea that a gender equal society is an enabled society, meaning that gender equality leads to a better life for all of us. It isn’t a female-only issue, it’s something that affects us all.
Another focus of the theme is that of “Collective Individualism”, meaning that we each as individuals have an impact on the whole. So with that in mind, I decided to bring together a selection of posts on gender equality, written by a variety of bloggers, to help raise awareness of all they are doing as individuals and the impact they are having as a whole. If you have any other posts you think should be included here, please do let me know in the comments or contact me.
20 Ways to Champion Women
Nyomi from Nomipalony writes a lot about feminism, so it is no surprise that I’m including her in this list. She wrote a fantastic post for International Women’s Day a couple of years ago and it remains as worthy of sharing now as it was back then. 20 things you can do to champion women on International Women’s Day contains a wide variety of ways in which you can support other women, and is a great starting point if you’re unsure of what to do today.
Let’s Talk About #MeToo
Kate from The Less Refined Mind, has written a very vulnerable and honest post about the #MeToo movement and the issues that women face. She talks about how we all see things differently, and that when it comes to talking about abuse there can be many different interpretations of what constitutes assault.
But at the end of the day, women are more vulnerable than men, and the woman’s experience can be harrowing even when a man is completely oblivious to what has happened. And that is why we have to be cautious when talking about what is happening right now as things like the Harvey Weinstein trial throw it into the limelight.
As she puts it, “it’s sometimes better to accept that it’s not appropriate to comment at all, even if something doesn’t quite match your personal values.” Sometimes it’s more important for us to listen than to speak. And whilst this may be a challenging post to read, it’s one I think you need to read (I know I did).
Kate also creates some wonderful clothing and accessories with some great slogans on, some of which are ideal for celebrating Gender Equality, such as her, “Actually I can” t-shirt, which comes in adult and child sizes.
Feminist Books for Children
Laura, from Laura’s Lovely Blog, writes a lot about feminism and gender equality and is worth a read at any time of year. However to celebrate World Book Day and International Women’s Day, Laura has compiled a list of Feminist Books for Children. There are some truly lovely looking books including some specifically for boys (because feminism is for boys too!), some looking at women who have changed the world, and some that look at and reframe fairy tales. Last year I wrote about strong female characters for International Women’s Day, so any post that highlights feminism within literature, especially for even the youngest of children, is a win in my book (pun intended).
The Reasons We Need International Women’s Day
Harriet, from Toby and Roo, has long been a favourite of mine ever since I first met her at a blogging conference. Over the years she has written some cracking content, and her post Do We Still Need International Women’s Day? is no exception. It’s direct and to the point, sharing very clearly the reasons why we need a day each year to focus on just how far from equality we still are.
Supporting Women in India
Tanya, from Mummy Barrow, writes lots of lovely posts encouraging all kinds of people, so I could have chosen any number of posts from her. However the one I want to share with you today is one that tells you about a project that supports women in India whilst also producing reusable bags which help our environment. Why? Because this fits into the #EachforEqual theme so well – by supporting women to learn new skills and gain some financial independence we also create products that help in the fight against climate change. What’s not to love about that?
Never Presume a Person’s Sexuality or Gender
I wanted to ensure I included at least one post from within the LGBTQ+ Community in this selection, because so often we (as a whole) forget that gender and sexuality are complex things. I wanted to make sure I highlighted the fact that International Women’s Day is for ALL women, not just those who identify as cis-gendered. So I automatically popped over to Our Transitional Life, knowing that Kelly and Zoey would have written something I could share here today, and I wasn’t disappointed. Their blog is worth a read at any time, but today I wanted to share a post that Kelly wrote about the complexities of sexuality. As she so elegantly writes (as she always does), “don’t presume anyone’s sexuality! It’s just not cool.” And I hope it goes without saying that the same is true for presuming somebody’s gender.
And whilst I’m here, I’d like to remind you that Trans Women are women too. I don’t have the space to go into this in more detail right now, so please check out this excellent post about how ‘feminists’ who exclude trans women aren’t feminists at all.
The Definition of Allyship
Whilst we’re talking about the LGBTQ+ Community, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to share this gem from Kate at LesBeMums with you. The Definition of Allyship is a great place to start if, like me, you want to be a better Ally and support others. In it, Kate talks about privilege and how we all have it, and how and why we need to stick it out when the going gets tough. Because at the end of the day we have the choice to walk away from the discomfort whereas others don’t – we need to choose to stand by others through it all. She also talks about the difference between equality and equity, something which I can relate to very clearly with the battle against ableism.
Body Positivity and Diet Advertising
No post for International Women’s Day would be complete without considering Body Positivity, given how heavily this affects women and girls in particular (I’m not saying men and boys aren’t affected too, but it is very heavily directed at women specifically). The wonderful Molly from Mother’s Always Right, who you may have also seen on Naked Beach, created the #FreeFromDiets campaign last year, to tackle inappropriate advertising around the school gates. Recently she shared how phase 2 of the campaign is coming along and how you can get involved.
Do You Have Any Suggestions?
These posts are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to content around Gender Equality, so if you have any other suggestions you think should be included here then do let me know in the comments or by contacting me. And if you read any of the posts, let me know what you think.
Like many of you, today I feel utterly defeated. Despite fighting through the impact of nine years of Tory Austerity, and trying my hardest to use my voice to speak up for those whose lives have been deeply damaged by it, it wasn’t enough. The 2019 General Election was very clearly fought with Brexit first and foremost in many people’s minds, and the rest of the issues and policies got lost amongst the lies, disinformation, and smears. And for those of us who have been desperately crying out for people to see the damage that has been done, and the damage that will undoubtedly increase under a Conservative government with such a large majority, today is a dark day indeed. Read more
A few weeks ago, my friend Cheryl started posting lots of information on Facebook about the climate crisis, and I learnt so much from her. As much as I care about what is happening in our world, I feel overwhelmed by all the data, so it was super helpful to have someone condense it all for me. Read more
Sometimes I wish I could care less about things. It would be much easier to accept the status quo. But we live in an increasingly polarised world, and we need people to care. A lot.
Oh my goodness, I can’t quite believe I am writing this post. Earlier this year I mentioned that I would appreciate nominations for the Inspire category in The Brilliance in Blogging (The BiBs) Awards this year, but knew it was a bit of a long shot. The BiBs, run by BritMums, celebrate the best Parent Lifestyle Bloggers and Influencers through a range of categories, including the Inspire category for which I’ve been shortlisted. Over the years I have seen many amazing bloggers celebrated in The BiBs, and I know just how talented and passionate my fellow bloggers are. So it is a huge honour to have my little blog recognised in this way, especially at a time when I am still learning how to live well within my limitations. Read more
Did you know that 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which happened in June 1969 and are generally considered a major turning point in the civil rights movement that the LGBTQ+ Community is still fighting today? I’ll admit that I didn’t realise this until I started researching this post, which shows just how important it is that we all open our eyes and ears (and our minds!) to see and hear what is being shared by those within the LGBTQ+ Community during Pride Month and beyond. Read more
Friday 8th March is International Women’s Day, which is both an annual celebration of women’s achievements and a call for greater gender equality. As the mother of a son, I am very aware of the fact that he is growing up in a world which still treats men and women differently, and that his voice is crucial in helping to change that. Feminism isn’t just for women, and I am determined to help him understand that we all have a part to play in creating a better world. One way I can do this is by sharing books with him which have strong female characters, and I’d love to share some of these with you today. Read more
Today I want to talk a bit about Patreon, and how it is helping people like you and me support the creators they love, even with minimal time and funds. If you’ve never heard of Patreon before, the concept is both simple and brilliant! It provides a platform for Creators to access ongoing financial support from patrons, who commit to paying a certain amount per month to support their vision. This means that independent Creators can focus on doing what they’re best at, without worrying constantly about funding their work. Read more
I wanted to take a few moments today to reflect on the changes that have been happening in my life over the past few years. I don’t mean the external changes, although there have been plenty of those! I mean the internal changes that have helped me to look at my life from a whole new perspective, leading me to redefine my own sense of self-worth. Read more
Today I want to talk to you about the UK benefits system and how it is letting down the very people it is supposed to help. This isn’t my usual topic of conversation on the blog, so I hope you will give me the benefit of the doubt when I say this is a crucial conversation that we all need to be having. Read more
8th March is International Women’s Day, an annual event which celebrates “the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women”, as well as calling for greater awareness and movement towards gender equality in all areas of life. It’s a day which I have become increasingly aware of over the past few years, and today I wanted to mark it with a post about the power of women. Read more
Welcome to this new series – WordPress for Beginners. The idea for it came when I realised that I personally knew several people who are struggling to get to grips with WordPress. Some are fellow bloggers who wish to switch from another platform (such as Blogger), others are business owners who have outgrown the free sites offered by Weebly and Wix. All of them are finding the steep learning curve that comes when you first start with WordPress challenging, and so I decided to create a series for them. Read more
Welcome to Share The Joy – your weekly dose of positivity and inspiration! Since September this year, I have been co-hosting the linky with three other wonderful bloggers (Carol, Christina, and Lizzie) over on my other blog. However earlier this month I decided to bring everything here to The Family Patch, and it’s wonderful to welcome you to the linky here for the very first time! Read more
Well, hello there! I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have the new look Family Patch back up and running. Once I had made the decision to rebrand the site and integrate all the stuff from Spirit Kid Network into this single blog, I felt the creative flow suddenly burst open and I couldn’t wait to get writing again. But of course I had to do all the behind the scenes preparation first, and as I’m not in the best of health right now it has taken me near on two weeks to sort out the new look. Read more
You’ve probably noticed it’s been rather quiet here at The Patch lately, and there’s a reason for that. I’ve been really struggling health-wise, and in an attempt to keep going through everything that has been going on, I decided to focus on other areas such as Shortman Media and Spirit Kid Network. However I really, really missed writing here and so I am finally making the time and space to come back to this wonderful little blog of mine. Read more
I chose the name “Instagram Queen” for the amazing Harriet from Toby and Roo, because it just fits her perfectly. With over 80 thousand followers on instagram, it is clear that she really is the bees knees. Her hilarious accounts of what it’s like to be a parent of young kids (the “I just wanted a bath” video being a classic example of this) have captured the hearts of so many. But as Harriet herself said, “if content is queen, then engagement is her king”. Read more
If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you’ll know that I love nothing more than a blogging conference! I love the opportunity to get together with like-minded people, actually have a chat over a cuppa with people I usually only ever speak to online, and attend sessions from some of the most inspirational bloggers around. So it’s no surprise that I jumped at the chance to attend another conference this year. Read more
I’m going to begin this post with a little disclaimer; I have been registered as self-employed since Spring 2010 and have, during the years since, done the odd bit of freelance work here and there. I’ll be even more honest with you, when I first registered as self-employed in 2010 I had every desire to go 100% freelance as soon as possible. However, back then I was far more naive about what it would take to succeed as a freelancer, and I had all but given up on the idea of earning more than an extra bit on the side by the time 2011 rolled around. Read more
A few weeks ago, Parcel Hero contacted me to ask if I would be interested in taking part in a charity campaign they were running. They were asking craft bloggers to decorate a little wooden box and make a small handmade gift to go in it, which would then be auctioned on eBay to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (GOSH). How could I say no to that? Read more
Have you tried Livestreaming yet? Do you even know what it is? Livestreaming is a big thing right now… it began a few years back with Google Hangouts and developed further with Periscope and now Facebook Live (my Crochet Chats are done using Facebook Live). Snapchat and Instagram Stories bring even more ways of connecting with your audience, and so it’s clear to see that “going live” is where it’s at right now. Read more
Well hello there! I hope you’re having a wonderful day? Read more