It’s been AGES since I last did a tag post. A big thank you to Ruth In Revolt for nominating me to take part in the Women Empowerment tag. After a much needed little blogging and social media break, this came at just the right time to remind me what a positive place blogosphere can be. So, what’s the tag all about?
Women Empowerment Rules
Create a Women Empowerment Tag post on your blog and answer these five questions.
- What does women empowerment mean to you?
- What woman/women do you most admire? Why?
- Share a story, drawing, or video that you think says “empowered women.”
- Share the best lesson you’ve learned in leadership.
- What cause do you most want to bring awareness to? Why? What does it mean to you?
Then tag five inspirational, powerful women to do the same. Link your post to Women Wednesday Women Empowerment Tag. Tag them on Twitter (@my_lifelines) and/or Instagram (@mylifelines_) with #WomenWednesday.
#01 What does women empowerment mean to you?
For me, it means that women can speak, dress, and behave however they wish, without fear or favour. That we are listened to, encouraged, inspired from the very beginning. That we are not patronised, sidelined, or relegated to a preconceived idea of what a woman’s place should be. And that we are free to choose and become whoever and whatever we wish to be.
#02 What woman/women do you most admire? Why?
I think it goes without saying that my mother tops my list. But after her, I have a huge admiration for a number of medieval and Renaissance Queens. Eleanor of Aquitaine married two kings, ruled over her own domain, went on Crusade, and continued to travel across Europe well into her old age. Then we have Anne Boleyn, not of royal blood, who played a huge role in the Reformation. Her importance is often downplayed to just being Henry VIII’s mistress and Elizabeth I’s mother, but she was much more than this.
Catherine de Medici, the French Henry II’s wife, rose from Florentine merchant beginnings to rule France through her three sons. And of course, Elizabeth I, who managed to keep her head (literally) until she ascended the throne. And who then survived all assassination attempts to rule England as the first unmarried female monarch through a truly Golden Age. Last, but certainly not least, Flora, my daughter, who inspires me nearly every day.
#03 Share with us a story, drawing, or video that you think says “empowered women.”
It’s an old photograph from her 5th birthday party, but one of my favourites. All the other girls were Disney princesses, but Flora chose to be a superhero.
#04 Share with us the best lesson you’ve learned in leadership.
I’ve learned three very simple leadership lessons:
A) Listen to what you’re being told, even if it’s not spelt out in so many words.
B) Lead by example – no-one is too grand to scrub the floor or make the tea.
C) Empower your team, trust them, and delegate to them.
#05 What cause do you most want to bring awareness to? Why? What does it mean to you?
A while ago I wrote a post about wanting to do away with perjorative labels like “bossy” for women and girls, to coincide with International Women’s Day. As the mother of a super bright, kind, intelligent, and inspirational eight year old girl, I think it’s such an important issue. Does it really matter how we label women? Yes, it bloody well does matter. I don’t want to regurgitate my post (which is one of my most viewed, incidentally) but if you’re interested, here’s the link: She’s not bossy. If you do read it, I’d love to know if you agree with me?
Tagging five ladies who inspire me
I found it very hard to only choose five ladies because there are so many fabulous content creators out there whom I admire enormously. And honourable mentions must go to Ruth, Bexa and Cordelia, whom I would have nominated but they’ve already been tagged! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and if you feel like doing this tag as well, please do – let’s share the support and encourage, inspire, and empower each other 🙂