• Caroline Nelson

Empower One, Empower All

Every year, on 8th March, people everywhere have an excuse to unapologetically celebrate women in honor of International Women’s Day. For this year’s festivities, My Life My Say chose to commemorate the occasion by launching a brand new podcast series: What You Sayin?—focusing the pilot episode on feminism.

But first some background:

The theme of this year’s Women’s Day is #BalanceForBetter. The campaign highlights the importance of collective action in building a gender-balanced world. The idea is that, if there is an equal number of men and women in business and government, an equal number of male and female employees, and equal wages and media coverage (notwithstanding one’s gender), society, as a whole, will prosper.

After all, gender balance fuels progress. Women have just as much potential to make, and have, in fact, already made, invaluable contributions to the world around us. And for those of you who still aren’t yet sold on the idea, I’ll give a few examples: in 1991, Ann Tsukamoto discovered stem cell isolation, which has since provided a vital means for understanding, and finding a cure for, cancer. Maria Beasly invented the life raft in 1882, which added a crucial safety measure to sea voyages. And, if you've ever wondered who was the first person to ever win multiple Nobel Prizes, well...it was also a woman: Marie Curie, for chemistry and physics.

Tsukamoto, Beasly, and Curie represent just a few examples of the extraordinary potential women have to positively mold the local, national, and universal, environment. They are reminders that all people, regardless of gender, must mobilise, and increase democratic participation, to ensure the rise, and persistence of, a gender equal world.

What You Sayin? breaks down the jargon that is deliberately used to exclude our generation from talking about the issues that matter to us. In our first episode, Amy Longland, Chief Operating Officer at My Life My Say, sits down with two very inspirational female voices, Khadija Hashi and Rachel Meade, to discuss bra-burning, mansplaining, and what it really means to be a feminist.

To find out more, tune in at: https://open.spotify.com/show/4TfCp89VOyPjseiLWxdSVS.

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