6 Things You Didn’t Know About The Suffragettes

6 Things You Didn’t Know About The Suffragettes

Mar 17

Everyone knows that the Woman Suffrage Movement was made in order to give the women the equal right to vote and to hold public office, just as men were able to.

Every person, man and woman alike, should have a say in what the future of their country should be.

The fight was won and now women can vote, but along with this there were many other things that the suffragettes were also able to accomplish for womankind.

But there are some things about suffragettes you might not know. Here’s some of them.

Why I Think Feminism is So Misunderstood by Today’s Youth

Why I Think Feminism is So Misunderstood by Today’s Youth

Jan 10

When the word feminism is mentioned, what usually comes to mind is now a twisted, warped version of what the term really means.

Where feminism is supposed to mean ‘the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of the equality of the sexes,’ these days some women take it to mean that women should be of higher rank than men, and thus should be held in higher regard.

Unfortunately, it is this warped version which has grown in popularity (with the help of popular culture) and has led to a common misunderstanding of Feminism.

Ways to Promote Your Cause

Ways to Promote Your Cause

Jul 10
As advocates of a cause or even as people who firmly believe in something, you may eventually want to spread your message out to people. There are many ways to do this—a million ways to do it even—and it really all starts with word of mouth.

 

These days we even have the internet so that you can send out email blasts or become more active in social media. Perhaps you can even have your own website. But of course, there are still the more old school or traditional ways to promote your very worthwhile cause—here are just some of them.

 

Booths at Related Events
You can put up a pop up booth at an event that is somehow related to your cause. It can be something related to charity or something that isn’t at all, but regardless of what it is you may want to have an exhibition stand that easily pops up to make it easier for you when you set up then pack up after the event.
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You will also want to have a booth that makes you look more credible and professional, but at the same time you want that very booth to attract as much attention as possible at the same time.

 

Leaflets
Leaflet marketing has been around for the longest time, maybe even forever. Okay, not really forever, but as far as you or me or anyone can remember, people have been marketing via leaflets.

 

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It works great because they’re cost effective to make, they’re easy to hand out and easy to leave at places which will allow you to put them up. Just know when and where to hand them out, of course, so that you don’t end up with people who throw them away without looking at all. It happens.

 

Take Advantage of Community Boards
There are community bulletin or announcement boards available in some stores, or perhaps in churches or town halls. You can of course take advantage of them, posting your messages and posters if you need to.

 

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If there is no more space look for a leaflet or posting that is no longer relevant (go by the date—if it’s for an event that has already passed take it down and put your leaflet back up), but don’t just go pulling off other peoples’ advertisements without checking if they are outdated or not.

 

Got a Marketing Budget?
If you are an organisation or company that has a budget dedicated in its entirety to marketing, you can use that money to do a radio advertisement or a TV advertisement. These days you even have the option of making advertisements that will show on YouTube or various other websites.

 

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There are a million ways to advertise if you actually have money to do so. Just of course always be wise where you advertise and how. You don’t want to ruin your or your organisation’s reputation by making a few bad decisions about your marketing.

 

Watch and enjoy this inspiring story behind charity – An interview with the founder and CEO of Scott Harrison Foundation:

 

Feminism and Motherhood

Feminism and Motherhood

Jun 08

Some people seem to believe that if you are a feminist, motherhood is incompatible with your world-view and should therefore be shunned. However, I do not believe this myself. While I disagree that a woman’s only purpose would be to bear children into this world, I believe that feminism and motherhood are not mutually exclusive of each other.

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I have a partner and two children myself, yet I consider myself a feminist. Yes, I am a working woman with my own jobs and a blog to boot, but I do not think that my choice of having children is considered “anti-feminist” or somehow makes me less of a woman.

 

Motherhood is intrinsically feminine, and while people of all genders are capable of parenthood, biologically speaking, motherhood is something only a woman (or someone who is formerly a woman) can experience.

 

I do not believe that motherly duties are somehow less noble than working your job or making a change in the world. For me, feminism is having a choice, being allowed to choose their own path rather than being controlled by a social construct.

Meanwhile here is a one hour lecture video namely  ”The Truth About Motherhood and Feminism”:

 

I take my motherly duties very seriously, and make sure that my feminist ideals still carry over to motherhood. For example, I have noticed that children’s toys are extremely gendered nowadays: boy’s toys are always blue, while girl’s toys are always pink.

Science toys, engineering toys, car toys, and doctor toys are often always limited to boys, while girls get baby dolls, tea sets, toy kitchens, and toy jewellery. Personally, I feel that this is not only damaging to a girl’s self esteem, but I think that it does not give them a well rounded education while growing up.

 

I believe that my children, especially my girls, should have equal opportunities in the future. If they want to become scientists, then they should be able to do so, without being told that it is “for men” only. That is why I think that you should get your children on a science day camp during the school holidays, and allow them to explore what they like.

 

Even sports are considered masculine, which I find quite strange. I know that my young ones are already interested in football, so I allow them to play as much as they like. After all, I am glad that they prefer to do sports and be healthy, rather than staying indoors waiting for their Prince Charming to come.

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Of course, I still buy my children dolls and cooking sets and other toys that are considered “feminine”. If I had a son, I would still buy him dolls if he wanted, because I think parenthood should be a two way street as well.

 

Motherhood is important, and family of course comes first. Women have the right to choose their lives and whether they should have children or not. Either option is fine, and no one should be judged for it.

Some Women Still Promote Sexism Towards Other Women

Some Women Still Promote Sexism Towards Other Women

Jun 04

Did you know that cultural sexism is still so widespread that even other women have sexist attitudes towards other women? Some of you may be surprised to see that since women are often on the receiving end of sexism, they should be more sensitive when dealing with other women. However, this is not the case – sexism is proliferated by both men and women alike, yet most often than not, women are on the receiving end of this.

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Now, while there are women who discriminate against men, the truth is that sexism happens and is proliferated by everyone, but the brunt of the hate is still directed towards women, who have been systemically oppressed for years by a patriarchal society.

 

I have had my own experiences with sexism from other women. It was during a time when I was looking for therapy after an accident at one of my football games. I live in Leeds and needed some treatment for a sports injury, so I went ahead and found a physiotherapist to help me.

 

The woman who was in the waiting room with me tried to chat me up asking what I needed from the therapist that day. I smiled and spoke about how I broke my leg during an injury and that it needed a bit more time to heal than usual, so I needed a physiotherapist to help me out.

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She then looked at me funny, saying “You are not a lesbian are you?” and I said that no, I wasn’t. She then said “You should not sports, I think that women’s bodies are much to delicate, so no wonder you got injured. Besides, only lesbians and other freaks were into sports”.

 

I was absolutely taken aback at the callousness of her response. According to her, being a lesbian means that you are lesser person, and that women should not be in sports because we are “delicate”. First of all, being a lesbian does not undermine your femininity, and people should have the choice to love who they want regardless of gender, as long as it is consensual.

Meanwhile here is a video about Gender Inclusive Language – How to Avoid Sexism:


Also, I do not believe that certain activities should be labelled as “for men only” or “for women only”. I know a lot of sports tend to be dominated by men, but many women have just as much drive to be athletes as men, especially if the sport does not require any specific genitals.

 

For example, football requires that you have two legs and a body. I am sure that most people of the population have legs and a body regardless of their private bits.

 

If you notice that you are proliferating gender discrimination, try to correct yourself and maybe, in the future, men and women will have the equality that we feminists yearn for. Remember that everyone can be a sexist, whether they are a woman or not.

Let’s Talk About Other Rights Too: What Do You Do in the Face of Medical Negligence?

Let’s Talk About Other Rights Too: What Do You Do in the Face of Medical Negligence?

May 27
negligence-imageI know this blog is about the rights of women, but once in a while I like to talk about other things too. But it’s not too far off, since this time I’m still talking about rights—just of a different sort.

 

I’m talking about the right to compensation after medical negligence. If you are reading this because you are a victim of medical negligence… or, okay, victim is a bit of a strong word.

 

If you are reading this because you are currently experiencing or have experienced medical negligence, then read right on. You deserve to know what rights you have when it comes to this.

 

Before we delve deeper into talk about rights, let’s discuss what medical negligence is first. Put simply, this is basically a problem that happens when a medical practitioner does not succeed to give care to the accepted standard of practice throughout the medical community. It can happen either by act or omission.

 

Okay, I made that sound a bit more complicated than it has to be, so here’s a quick FYI on medical negligence.

 

What Does Medical Negligence Involve

 

Aside from the failure to give a patient the care they need (failing to keep them comfortable, failing to make sure they receive or take medication on time, etc), there are other things that are involved when it comes to medical negligence.


The first and perhaps one of the most common things is a delayed diagnosis, or a wrong diagnosis altogether.

 

On the other hand here are the basics of Medical malpractice law…



 

In life or death cases a mistake like this could cost a person his life. And even if it wasn’t life or death, a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis could cause injury or further harm to a person’s health.


Errors in medical prescription (often arising from misdiagnoses) is another thing under the negligence umbrella. And of course there are the treatment or surgery errors, such as surgical tools left inside the body, or accidental snips or slices.

 

Now that we’ve discussed that, let’s move on to…

 

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When it comes to medical negligence, at times the case can be difficult to prove. But if you feel that you have been wronged by the medical practitioner or the hospital, then it is your every right to file suit and get the compensation you deserve.

 

Usually this is financial compensation as they cannot really provide any other sort of compensation, and while it is not enough, it helps.

 

So what do you do if you want the best chance to get that compensation? Well, you hire a solicitor of course. I had a friend who’s brother was misdiagnosed, leading to his eventual further injury.

 

Now he has difficulty with daily tasks. To get compensation for this, which would help with their costs for her brother’s care, she used a specialist medical negligence solicitors who knew what they were doing in order to win the case for her.

 

 

How to Deal with Damage Done by Domestic Violence

How to Deal with Damage Done by Domestic Violence

May 20
Abuse is not something to be taken lightly, regardless of whether it is of the physical or the mental kind. But physical abuse should be something that is addressed sooner rather than later, considering the fact that abuse could lead to a person’s great injury or worse—death.

 

But when the situation has been dealt with, what people neglect to realise is the fact that the woman is the one left with the damage—be that physical scars, broken bones, disfigured faces and bodies, or mental and psychological damage.

 

Repairing the damage is never easy, especially when the abuse was prolonged and particularly violent or difficult, but with the abuser out of the picture things begin to get easier. Abused women can begin to heal, whether physically or mentally, or both.

 

But when it comes to physical healing, you can only go so far before that scar remains on your body forever. You can only go so far if your bone was broken and set incorrectly. Needless to say, repairing the damage isn’t easy either—which is why I think it is a woman’s right to be able to alter or repair her appearance to its former (or to an improved) status.

 

Plastic Surgery for Reconstruction
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If the abuse to the woman has left her with many facial fractures and injuries that have left her face disfigured, I really think it’s that woman’s right to go for procedures to bring her old appearance back. It’s all part of the healing process.

 

I once met a woman who was too afraid to speak with a doctor about her situation. In fact I overheard her saying “I hate how I look now, so I want a plastic surgeon in Scottsdale to help me out, but I’m too nervous to go”, and it made me want to reach out to her and help her with it. I connected her with some doctors I know would be glad to look into her situation.

 

It’s not just faces that doctors can reconstruct, however. I’ve heard of really morbid cases where women were damaged in their sexual organs due to violent rapes. Doctors can also help restore a woman to health in this case.

 

Procedures for Scar Removal
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Women who are abused often hate the scars they are left with as they are ugly reminders of their abusive husbands, fiancés, boyfriends, lovers or what have you. Personally if I had scars due to such an ugly reason I would want them gone too.

 

Luckily there are procedures these days that can help with reducing the appearance of scars gradually until they completely disappear. If the scars are particularly nasty it may be possible to get surgical intervention in order to remove it.

 

To me, regardless of why a woman wants a scar removed I think it is her every right to do it. It’s just a matter of finding the right doctor to help her out. If you were in an abuse victim’s shoes, would you not want the same?

 

 Here’s a video about a local surgeon fixes domestic scars for free:

 

Are There Still Jobs For Only Men?

Are There Still Jobs For Only Men?

Apr 28

As we continue to break down the sexism barriers within the workplace (and there’s no doubt we’ve made clear progress there), I wonder whether there are still some jobs that men are just better suited to.

Some examples come to mind, like drain cleaners.

Correct me if I’m wrong ladies, but are we happy for men to continue cleaning out our drains for us? My knee-jerk reaction is to say abso-friggin-loutely.

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However, if us girls are really to be give fair treatment in all aspects of life – then we can’t just pick and choose the nice parts about being female in the workplace.

Another job that comes to mind is a personal injury solicitor I found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FCm1SbBqb8 is this a more suited profession for a dude?

There’s something about getting up in court and helping someone get money from someone they might not actually deserver to that just seems more of a male thing to do. Could us girls live with ourselves or put our heart into a case that we didn’t think was right?

I’m actually leaning more to yes on that one, we have to move away from being labeled as these timid little creatures – and well, “man up”.

 

Why I Think that the “Friendzoned” Culture is Chauvinism in Disguise

Why I Think that the “Friendzoned” Culture is Chauvinism in Disguise

Apr 28

Everyone is familiar with the “friendzoned” meme, a favourite word used by hundreds of jaded “nice guys” who think that all women like dating jerks when there is a perfectly eligible bachelor right in front of them.

The story is a commonly heard one: a boy is interested in a girl, who is absolutely clueless about her friend’s romantic intentions.

Said boy acts as the perfect White Knight, coming to her aid when she is in trouble, making her smile when she is sad.

Heck, some even go as far as acting like her personal secretary, making her coffee and reserving business meeting venues in Leeds when she meets up with her clients.

But eventually, he confesses his feelings, which are immediately met with rejection. “We’re just friends” she says, and he goes off dejected, crying “Friendzoned!” to his buddies and the internet.

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He then goes off bashing women, saying that they are “users” and “only date jerks”.

Now, I cannot speak for every individual case here, but if a girl is not interested in you, it is probably not her fault. Bashing her for not being interested in you is just a form of chauvinism because…

You Cannot Force Someone to Love You

Love moves in mysterious ways, and no one can predict what kind of man (or woman) a girl may find attractive. You may have some qualities that she may find attractive, but that does not mean that she finds you attractive as a whole.

It could be something completely superficial like your hair or your clothes, or it could be something more — you could be considered too immature or your personalities simply do not match. You cannot force a girl to be attracted to you, because she has her own idea of what she finds attractive.

She Doesn’t Owe You Anything

Just because you are nice to her, does not mean that you get an automatic ticket to boyfriend-ville. Being a White Knight can only get you so far, and if she sees you as a friend, you probably didn’t make your intentions clear enough.

In fact, chances are that all of the nice things that you do for her are simply things that good friends do for each other. She does not owe you anything, and if you do nice things because of ulterior motives, you may not be as sincere as you think you are.

A portrait of a young woman with her boyfriend in the backgroundNot Everyone Can Get the Girl

Society has a weird way of telling every guy that if they are nice, they will eventually “get the girl”. In fact, Hollywood tells us that no matter how immature or unwarranted your acts are, you will always get the girl, and a HOT girl at that.

Just think of every underdog on screen ending up with the hot popular girl, even if they have nothing in common. It is so common on the silver screen!

Society teaches us that for every male, there is an incredibly rare and beautiful girl for him. Well, that’s just not how the world works — Women are not just some prize to be won.

If you scream “friendzoned” after every rejection, you probably aren’t a true friend to begin with.

Are You a Feminist if You Like “Being in the Kitchen”?

Are You a Feminist if You Like “Being in the Kitchen”?

Apr 03

We have all heard it said to us at one point in our lives: “Women should be in the kitchen where they belong!” and “Make me a sandwich”.

Which I think is extremely demeaning and relegates women back to the “Perfect 50s Housewife” stereotype.

In other words, the only career a woman could ever hope for is that of a meek housewife whose primary goal in life is to make her husband happy and to take care of their children.

This new level of misogyny is becoming quickly being considered perfectly normal behaviour due to various internet memes and websites.

Day in the Life of a Kitchen – early 1960′s – The Stay Home Mum

However, women have gone a long way since the 50s, and the rise of suffragettes and working class women in positions of power signalled the dawn of a new era.

Though sexism is still alive today, there is no denying that the modern woman is considered a huge asset to the economy, taking up more jobs than ever before.

And it is no wonder that the new ideal is that of a hard-working, skilled career woman. In fact, nowadays, the idea of the meek housewife is actually frowned upon, and many people, especially other women, think that you are not reaching your full potential.

Even if you are a mother, you are expected to get out of the house and work a nine to five job.

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But I think that this goes against the ideals of feminism. You simply do not replace one stereotype with another — women should be allowed to do whatever they want without being forced into a specific box. It does not matter whether your like working in the kitchen or a kitchen remodeler who builds the kitchen with her bare hands.

Being one thing or another does not make you any less of a woman than the next.

I have nothing against women who choose to be housewives in order to take care of their family. If she can afford to do so and if it makes her happy, I think it is a very noble choice of profession. Likewise, I think it is also noble that a woman would choose to go to the office and work a full time job.

However, in the true spirit of gender equality, I also have no qualms about a father who chooses to stay at home to care for their kids if the mother decides to work.

You can be a feminist whether you are a man or a woman, whether you enjoy housework or not. Just because you like to wear lipstick and a dress, does not mean that you are any less of a woman than the ones who wear pressed power suits and tight hair buns.

Instead forcing women to take on a specific gender role, a true feminist focuses on giving a woman a choice — true gender equality is being allowed to make your own choices regardless of your gender.