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.

Homeopathy and the Suffragettes

Homeopathy and the Suffragettes

Mar 14

The other day I was talking with a few friends who were married with children. We ended up on the topic of home health care because the flu was starting to go around and all the mums were hunkering down to see what they could do to fight it off. Others whose family members were not sick yet were discussing how they could fend it off. They were trying to figure out what kind of treatments they could give to increase their family’s resistance.

A very beautiful video about pros and cons of homeopathy:

 

It was during the discussion of this topic that we all were turned to the study of homeopathy. It’s no surprise that women have also begun to adopt homeopathic medicines and care as this type of medicine is more easily adapted to the home. These are treatments that they can give their family themselves after all.

I am saying this not to generalise, but women tend to be the primary health caretakers in the family–they are the ones who dole out medicine when someone is feeling ill, they are the ones who tuck children in, give them sponge baths and change their clothing when they get too sweaty.

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For the most part, anyway.As I’ve said, I am not trying to generalise. However, if you look at your typical, traditional family, in most cases you will notice that the womens are the ones who care for the families. Not only by taking care of those who fall ill, but also by taking care of the family’s health in general–making sure the family eats well and healthily, making sure they live in a good environment, and so on.

Women have unknowningly been practicing homeopathy for a while now. This is why it also comes as no surprise that even leading suffragettes were huge supporters of homeopathy.

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Back then, a lot of feminists and suffragettes were campaigning for homeopathy at the same time that they were campaigning for women’s rights. The reason for this is because they believed that for there to be a healthier, happier society, there must be women’s rights, but also homeopathic medicine.

When I say a lot of feminists and suffragettes, I do mean a lot–think Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Louisa May Alcott, Susan B. Anthony, Julia Ward Howe, Lucretia Mott, Clemence Sophia Lozier and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps.

How it Started
In the 19th century, the Ladies Physiological Societies were quite famous. It is in this setting that women taught each other about their bodies, ailments, and how to deal with them.

It was like an early form of a support group for women. During their meetings, homeopathic information was central, and was often discussed and shared. At that time, even the wives of modern medicine physicians were seeking homeopathic methods for healing.

Why Do Women Choose Homeopathy?
I would say that the main reason women of that time and even today choose homeopathy is for the simple fact that it is safe and easy for women to implement in their own home.

How to Handle Discrimination at Work

How to Handle Discrimination at Work

Jan 26

Recently I was able to catch up with a friend of mine, Lydia. She and I get together once in a while and catch up as much as we possibly can. I met her back in graduate school, when I was still studying—she was my roommate for a while and we hit it off really well. Lydia and I are close almost like sisters, despite a lot of differences between the two of us.

Female ElectricianAs she and I were catching up with each other, she told me a story that to say the least riled me up—maybe at least just a little. As a female commercial electrician, Lydia is used to dealing with a lot of discrimination at work. It has lessened in the recent years she has told me, but it never fully disappears.

She’s dealt with rude clients who demand a male electrician because they can do the job better. If not, then they always end up asking her for her superior, because they didn’t believe that she did her work right and they wanted it double checked.

But the story she told me of what happened to her recently has really gotten me not only riled up, but also saddened that people have such closed minds.

Lydia works for a company that sends out electricians at client companies’ request. She has been working for the same company for years, but unfortunately there has been a recent change over in management. The new man who took over the helm is not quite as open minded as the last. Here’s how the change has affected Lydia.

Less Work
Work of a Female ElectricianEver since the change in management Lydia has been assigned less and less jobs. As a person who works on a per hour basis, there is no doubt that she is feeling it—financially as well as emotionally, knowing the burden that she has to pay all her bills at the end of the month with a significantly lower pay check. And with her significantly lessened pay check she has been unable to do the same things she has needed to do.

Discrimination in the Workplace
Although Lydia works in other buildings when she is on call, whenever she is not on assignment she has to stay in the office. And while she gets along quite famously with her other colleagues, her new boss has been quite the difficult one to tolerate and deal with. He calls her names often and always questions the quality of her work. Sometimes he’s also made some sexist comments that truly demean her.

Discrimination Against Women

This is something that I urge all women not to tolerate. They should do something about it—if not by confronting the boss then by leaving the job and finding another—if this seems to be the only option left.

Never be afraid to make a stand for yourself, even if there are some consequences. Never let someone say that you cannot do something just because you are a woman. Be empowered!

Feminist Leaders in Executive Coaching

Feminist Leaders in Executive Coaching

Jan 02

Executive coaching is defined as the process of teaching others to develop both their professional and personal skills for individual growth and personal success.

exec-resume-pic-C-level-executive-resume-branding-coachingAn executive coach focuses on improving an individual’s self-esteem and outlook on life, while training them to become better business associates and true leaders.

Usually, dramatic methods are used to create thought experiments as well as posing challenges in a real world setting, motivating someone on the path to self-discovery.

I believe that it is a great idea for all women leaders to achieve a certificate in Executive Coaching. Executive coaches are there to help motivate others to reach their full potential, helping others to gain their footing in leadership roles such as business executives and company bosses.

It is no wonder that this is field that many feminists are choosing to get into – after all, equality means placing power in the hands of those who have none.

Since women tend to be under represented in many business fields, executive coaching will help ensure that more women are equipped with the skills and the confidence to become successful in the workplace.

I decided to take up a course in executive coaching so that I can inspire other women to become better executives. I am a banker, so I am quite used to teaching others the necessary skills to make it in a tough environment.

I know that without my own executive coach when I was younger, I would never have had the strength and the confidence to make it in a tough environment that is dominated by men.

I am sad to say that the banking world is still a man’s world, but it is slowly changing. I know I made it, and I am enjoying a happy, successful, if a little stressful, life.

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Executive coaching was something that helped me become better at disseminating my ideas and passing it on to my trainees. Executive coaching taught me to become a role model, and to help young women navigate the field mine that is finding a career.

I know what it is like to be under represented in a specific career field, and I knew that I needed all of the help that I can get. This is not because I am a woman and too weak to make it on my own – everyone needs help, so do not be afraid to find some executive coaching for your career path.

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Women who understand their disadvantages and want to mitigate them by getting the skills that they need are in fact, strong and intelligent. Both men and women can benefit from executive coaching after all.

All I know is that it is one of the best ways to develop the future women leaders. I want to see female CEOs, executives, and high ranking managers. I want them to be as common as men so that we are no longer a minority in the corporate field.

Women deserve to earn as much as their male counterparts.

Why Aren’t There More Female Jockeys?

Why Aren’t There More Female Jockeys?

Dec 23

Female JockeyThere is no denying it: female jockeys in horse racing are a rarity. Despite women making up nearly half of the world’s working class, only about 10% of the world’s licensed jockeys are women. If you look at the figures, only 75 out of the 750 licensed Jockeys of the Jockey’s Guild are female. This is a huge disparity, especially in a sport where women are probably physically better suited to race than men.

You see, being a jockey requires discipline and an innate skill that allows you to read and empathise with the horse you are riding. While the horse has the speed, the jockey is the one that controls how fast the animal should run, and where it should be headed.

Historically, jockeys should also be lightweight – all horses, especially nimble thoroughbreds, have a weight limit so that the animal does not get tired or injured while on the track. These animals are well taken care of, because an unhealthy horse is a slow horse.

Rosie Napravnik and HorseJockeys are historically short and typically weigh between 108 to 118 lbs. Most race tracks have a weight limit of 126 lbs, which already includes all of the racing equipment, including helmets, boots, bridle, and saddle. Because of the strict weight requirements for the horses, jockeys are typically quite short and average at 4’11 to 5’6 feet in height.

That is why women are so well suited to be jockeys – women are, on average, shorter and lighter than men. This is just a biological reality. The lighter the rider, the faster the horse will be able to run, because it will be burdened with less weight. Jockeys should guide their horses, not be a handicap.

Female Jockey Documentary


And yet, despite all of this, women still make a small minority of the horse racing world. One of the reasons why some people believe that women are less suitable to become jockeys is that being a jockey requires tremendous arm and core strength – you need muscle in order to stay in control of your horse. Unfortunately, there are still few women who have the skill and body strength needed to race horses at the professional level.

Julie Krone RidingOf course, there are more complex matters to deal with – women also often have to take a break if they become mothers, and the industry waits for absolutely no one. If a rider leaves, they just hire someone else to ride their horses for them. This creates tough competition, which leaves some trainers and owners more reluctant to hire women because of the off-chance that their rider becomes pregnant and unable to race.

Nevertheless, despite the odds, more and more women are pushing to become successful jockeys. While women have to ride harder and more skilled than their male counterparts just to be noticed, some trainers and punters are recognizing the benefits of having female jockeys – it is easier for women to make weight, and they typically will not have to compromise their health just to reach the weight limit. Male jockeys often are forced to undergo dangerous crash diets and dehydration just to make sure that they are hitting the weight limit.

Hopefully, as more and women join the tracks, women will finally be able to be considered equals on the racing track.

Why We Need Property Development for Women

Why We Need Property Development for Women

Dec 05

House ConstructionDid you know that as of 2014, women only own between 2% to 3% of land and property in the developed world? The number dips down even further in developing countries where women’s property laws are still hazy. While many people are quick to point out that women can perfectly capable of owning land in this modern age, the truth is that actual statistics prove otherwise.

Women make up roughly 50% of the world’s population, so why is it that women only get a tiny slice of the property pie while men get the lion’s share? There are many factors that contribute to this. For one thing, women have a harder time getting up the property ladder because of their disproportionate pay.

The 7 Stages of Property Development

 

Women make less than men for the exact same job, even if they have better credentials. It is just the reality of gender inequality, and the truth is that it hurts both genders.

The reason behind this is that it creates an economic disparity since women make up half of the workforce yet experience less benefits. To help fix this, I believe that more women should get into property development so that everyone gets a fairer chance in land ownership and its economic benefits.

Renting HousesI believe that women should try to finance for property development and get into the business of flipping or renting homes. Having actual ownership of land is one way to battle this disparity, especially if a woman is working on property development.

Unfortunately, women have a harder time finding finance for property development due to being considered “riskier” prospects for loans. Women generally have less money and are less likely to be approved for a loan. The fact that women experience pregnancy and maternal leaves make banks and loan companies less likely to provide the financing needed.

Patriarchal property rights are a thing of the past, but he long history of male dominated property laws are still creating havoc today. It is time that we push back and enter careers that will allow us to get a better grip on the property ladder. After all, women deserve an equal portion of the economic pie.

That being said, becoming a property developer can be tough work. Remember that you will have to find financing first and foremost – get your assets together and hire an accountant if you really need it.

London Real EstateYou should also become better at choosing what properties to develop, and how much you should pay to fix it. Ideally, you will want to look for a house that is on the fringes of a great location and develop it so that it can eventually become part of the sought after location. A good example would be the surrounding suburbs around London – They are cheaper than living right in the middle of the city, but are still in demand because people want to live near London.

All in all, women getting into property development and finance can help fix the problem of gender biased land ownership and improve the country’s economic standing.

Becoming a Better Speaker for Social Activism

Becoming a Better Speaker for Social Activism

Nov 13

We still need feminism – as long as women are still experiencing double standards in society and at work space, as long as women still get catcalled on the street, we need feminism.

3455c94As a women’s rights advocate, it frustrates me when I hear people – both men and women, saying that we do not need feminism any more, because the “big issues have been dealt with in the past”.

Now, the only way to rectify this is to raise awareness through public speaking and social activism. There are several ways for you to improve your communication skills and to become a better speaker:

Apply for a communication skills workshop

At my women’s advocacy group, I decided to go for a communication skills workshop for staff. The men and women who joined our organization all needed to improve on their communication skills so that they can raise awareness over women’s issues.

The communication skills workshop helped them learn a number of new techniques, allowing them to communicate more effectively. It is extremely important to get the point across.

I like how it also increased everyone’s self confidence – even the ones who are otherwise very shy were able to give excellent speeches and presentations. They also became better conversationalists.

Memorize concepts rather than focusing on content

Female public speakerAs a good speaker, you should memorize concepts rather than focusing on content. It is altogether too easy to just memorize a speech and belt it out in a robotic fashion.

Instead, it is better to memorize concepts – internalize the meaning of your speech rather than simply taking note of the words. Memorization can only get you so far.

Internalizing concepts can also help you explain yourself better if your audience has queries. This is especially important when talking for social advocacy groups.

Be interactive

Whether you are giving a speech or merely conversing with another person, it is better if you try to engage your audience in an interactive way. Talk to them, ask for their own experiences, and encourage them to ask questions.

Being interactive allows you to connect with your audience and get a better response.

Connect with your audience

You know how many feminists have this reputation for being angry with a “better-than-thou” attitude? Well, part of that is because a lot of women are bit too angry when trying to raise awareness about an issue.

It is always better to connect with your audience rather than to appear like some kind of fist waving misandrist. Try to connect with your audience and understand what they are feeling. This way, it is easier to make them see things your way.

Becoming a better speaker is one of the best things you can do for feminism. Women’s advocacy groups need intelligent, charismatic women who can clearly share their ideas with the world.

Equality takes a while to achieve, but we are already gaining a lot of traction over the years. Just a little more and we will be able to live in a world where sexism is nearly non-existent.

Why the World Needs More Female Engineers

Why the World Needs More Female Engineers

Oct 15

As with many careers in today’s world, engineering is a field that is dominated by men.

4d82836687e62.imageAlong with the bias of employers and hiring staff that clearly prefer men over women, female engineers experience harassment and discrimination while on the job.

I have a friend who finished top honors at her local university, having a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Currently, she’s a sheet metal fabricator at a laser cutting company and is in charge of complicated calculations and machine programming.

Sheet metal fabrication sounds like a grunt job, but the truth is that it requires a sound mind, expertise in metal working, and complex mathematics.

Since she proved to be especially good at handling manufacturing crises, she has become the go-to person for problem solving as well as offering new ideas.

She is the pillar of ingenuity and innovation at her company.

However, while she is respected by her laser cutting company today, this was not always the case.

Firefly-glovesWhen she first started applying for jobs, she was always being turned down by the companies on the grounds that they have found another applicant, who most definitely was always a male.

This irked her, as she was found to have better qualifications than her male counterparts.

On top of that, one recruiter mentioned that she looked too plain and frumpy.

This caused her significant distress, so she decided to dress up and wear make up for her next interview, hoping that it would make her look more respectable.

Unfortunately, the recruiter made jokes about how “delicate women should not be in engineering”.

This is the problem that many women are facing while in engineering jobs: they are judged by their appearances more than by their own skills.

Today, the percentage of female professional engineers in the UK are at 8% of the population.

This is extremely low for a field that constantly is in demand.

The world needs more female engineers because the current trends mean that engineering is now unsustainable.

The industry’s need for new engineers is overshadowed by the fact that not enough people are signing up to study the field.

With women making up 51% of the British population, female engineers are an untapped resource.

One study shows that female engineers in college tend to perform just as well as the men, but are 71% more likely to switch to a course or to abandon the field entirely after graduation.

The reason behind this is that many women feel that they are not going to thrive in a male oriented field and that the inflexible work hours conflict with their other needs.

 

Here is a quick advice for future female Engineers:

Many also believe that they are simply not skilled enough to enter the industry despite the fact that they are performing well.

However, women who have successfully entered the field such as my friend that is in sheet metal fabrication, report that they feel more satisfaction in their careers than men.

This is because they have persevered despite the odds against them.

We need more empowered women such as my friend in this world, especially since we need them in engineering so badly.

Make Moving Easier with This Tip

Make Moving Easier with This Tip

Sep 13

Okay, my fellow women… We all know how difficult it is to uproot your life and move.

I mean you have to pack everything up, physically move everything, then of course you are going to have to unpack.

That doesn’t even include the fact that you have to actually find a place to move to first, amongst many other things. It’s not easy, not in the slightest.

But if you want things to go as smoothly as possible…well I do have a little tip for you that might just help with that, regardless of whatever reason you may have for moving (be it a divorce, leaving an abusive partner, or if you’re moving for your career…and so on and so forth).

Since I just recently moved, I want to leave you all with a tip that I hope will help you in the future.

Here’s the tip—if you are buying and/or selling property to move, then make sure that you hire yourself a property solicitor.

They are also known as conveyancers. Luckily when I moved there were plenty of conveyancing solicitors in Manchester.

So now you are probably asking…

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What is Conveyancing?

Okay, in simple terms, conveyancing is the part…the legal part, of all your property buying and selling.

Conveyancing is basically the transferring of property, often using documents. Actually more often than not using documents like mortgages and leases, and of course, deeds.

As a banker I actually do advice clients who are about to buy or sell property to speak with a conveyancing solicitor in order to make their transaction easier.

What are Conveyancers?

meeting-solicitorOkay, so now that we know what conveyancing is, let’s talk about conveyancers.

These are people who are licensed by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (at least here in the UK).

They are solicitors who are specialists in conveyancing, so they basically know the ins and outs of property transactions—and you wouldn’t need to worry much because they have the expertise and knowledge that you need.

They are required to be licensed for consumer protection, and to make sure of course that they actually meet the professional standards and benchmarks required to ensure that they are capable of handling your transactions.

Why Do I Need One?

Trust me—you need one. As a banker I’ve seen many people who went at conveyancing without a solicitor to help them.

 Here’s a video that will answer your question if you really need a conveyance solicitor:

 

There are many details involved in a property transaction, most of them often small and easily neglected.

People have come to me for help regarding the matter because they are having trouble with finances or with the mortgage.

Like I said—conveyancers know what they are doing. They won’t miss the little details that you or I most likely would.

They would also see far ahead if an issue might occur, something that, again, you or I might miss. And of course they would be able to prevent that problem.

So there’s my little bit of advice for you—take it as friendly advice.

Paying for the professional fee of a conveyancer is far better than paying fees, fines and interest if you have trouble with your transaction otherwise. Good luck with your future property transactions!