Wonder Woman…or Unstoppable WomanPosted at December 15, 2016 by Sharon on category Sharon Warmington
As I put together the final structure for the Unstoppable Women Leader’s Conference to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017, this last week alone, I’ve read two articles where fictional characters have been used/disused as ‘role models’ for women globally. The first is (or was) Wonder Woman who the UN have dropped as their Ambassador. My question is, what Committee fielded ‘her’ as an Ambassador? Don’t misunderstand me, as a child I loved watching Lynda Carter play her, but I never believed she was real and certainly never looked upon her as a role model for me or my future life.
The second is BBC Women’s Hour who named Bridget Jones, amongst 6 other real women, as having the biggest impact on women’s lives over the past 70 years….really!! I thought we were in 2016, with days to go before 2017, yet we’re still having these conversations and suggestions about our role models.
Whilst I appreciate it’s not easy to create such a list because we will always have to accept the opinions of a few, my gripe is where are the accolades for the many women who rise every day knowing that it’s going to be a hard day at work. A place where they usually don’t want to be and where the little that they earn is barely enough to stretch in every direction, other than on themselves?
I remember a few weeks ago when I left my house and was about to get into my car when I saw a woman across the road. She had two shopping bags in each hand and I could easily see how heavy they were. She had to stop in the gap in the middle of the road (you know where bollards are positioned), to rest the bags on the ground, before crossing the second half of the road.
As she made the final crossing and it became obvious that she was heading along my road, I asked if she wanted a lift. It was unimportant to me where or how far she was going; her physical struggle was real and it reminded me of my mum. In the 60s, 70s and even the 80s my mum, and I’m sure thousands of other women, were carrying home heavy shopping bags on a weekly ritual.
It turns out that this unknown woman (I still don’t know her name) wasn’t going too far but whilst it only took a matter of minutes by the car I can imagine, had she continued walking, it would have taken a lot longer on foot.
As women it’s important for us to pull up as we rise up and whatever act of kindness, on a personal level or small amount of professional support we can give, we must do it.
We’re in the struggle together for equality, accolades or not.
Come join the celebration on 8th March 2017 by visiting www.unstoppablewomen.co.uk.
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