How You Can Stand Up For Gender Equality

The tide is turning towards gender equality… slowly. Thanks to the thousands of women who marched on International Women’s Day; thanks to those who have stood up for their rights with the #MeToo movement, and thanks to all of those other campaigns advocating the rights of women in the workplace and beyond, we are seeing a change in attitude.

But there is still some way to go before equality is fully attained. Despite the example of the Arizona Secretary of State, there is still a shortage of women in politics. Millions of young girls are being forced to marry in specific countries and cultures. There is still a gender pay gap in many careers, regardless of whether these jobs are male-dominated or not. And women are still being treated like sex objects, despite the trial surrounding Harvey Weinstein.

We don’t have to accept gender inequality. As a woman, you can make a difference. Here are some of the ways you can do it.

  • Have a positive attitude. The more you can support positivity in your life and the lives of those around you, you can throw off the negative attitudes others impose upon you. Don’t let others dictate what you can and can’t do. Don’t conform to expectations. Whatever you do, be it in the educational courses you enroll in, or the jobs you apply for, don’t be afraid to go against the grain, even if others try and deter you. You are allowed the same opportunities as men, no matter what society dictates.

  • Get involved in your community. You have a voice, so use it. Rather than being dissatisfied with your lot in life as a woman, speak out and make a difference. Could you run for local government? Are there local boards or community groups you can get involved in? Could you take a stand at community meetings and raise particular issues affecting gender rights in your town? It’s about taking a stand, and while you may face opposition, surely that is better than doing nothing at all.

  • Get involved online. Take part in online forums on subjects that are relevant to you. Share your opinions on social media, and join specific groups on the issues that matter. Write a blog, bringing attention to gender inequality around the world, educating your readers on matters they may not be aware of. Contribute money to charities already making a difference. Email government officials, and add your name to those pushing for differences. And Google search ‘women’s rights’ and look at all the ways online you can make a difference.

  • Support your sisters. If you see another woman being treated unfairly in work, then do something about it. Don’t stand for workplace bullying and sexism. If you need to take matters to the top, then do so. Support the women you know who are striving to make a difference. If they organize a march or a debate, then take part. You may only be one person, but in all kinds of ways, you can support the women around you, whether they are fighting or struggling in this male-dominated society.


So, what can you do? I hope I have given you some inspiration as you fight against inequality. And if you have some ideas of your own, please let me know. As women, we need to stand together. We can make a difference, and we can start making that difference today.


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Break The Mold With These Wedding Planning Tips

Let’s be honest… it can sometimes be hard to tell one wedding day from the next! In 2018, there are definitely certain trends and patterns that you see over and over. It could be that you want traditional; after all, you’ll only get a wedding day once (hopefully!). However, if you want to break the mold, more power to you!

Avoid having a copycat wedding day with the following hints, tips, and ideas. Get inspired by reading on…

Break The Mold… Do It In An Unusual Venue

Churches, barns and marques are, in 2018, so overdone. Break the mold with your wedding venue by doing it in an unusual location. If you can guarantee great weather, how about a clearing in the forest. Live near the sea? Knock on the door on a lighthouse and ask if you can borrow their grounds for a day. A cliff-top ceremony will make for some incredible photographs and views! Are you getting married in a city center? Then how about a local music venue, or a theatre? The world is yours boo!

 

Break The Mold… Focus On The Videographer, Not The Photographer

Up until a decade or so ago, the photographer was the best way to capture the day. This is still true to a certain extent. However, they still only can capture the day in still life. So, how about mixing things up. You can still have a photographer, sure, but how about focusing on a videographer instead? That way, you have a short film of the day to treasure forever. There will be lots of parts of your special day that you won’t get to see for yourself. Take all of your guests first arriving at your venue, for example! Also, don’t forget that you can always take stills from the video footage also.

 

Break The Mold… Revert Back To Traditional, Personalized Invites

In this case, you’d be breaking the mold by returning to an old tradition. One that is slowly but surely becoming less popular. Sending personalized wedding invitations, of course! As the whole world moves online, there is a growing trend to invite people via social media. This might be with E-invites, or with a Facebook group. But your wedding invitation is your first impression of the day that you are giving your loved ones. Plus, who doesn’t love receiving mail that isn’t a bill!

 

Break The Mold… Rock A Colored Wedding Dress

White, ivory and cream dresses are beautiful yes. But is that really what you want? If so, great, go for it, but if you think you might want to be adventurous and something different, have the confidence to go for it. It is your wedding day, so nobody should tell you what you can or can’t wear! Wanna wear a huge, royal blue dress? Go for it! Want to wear something silky, red and floor-length? Why not! Your wedding day is your wedding day. Rules are there to be broken, and traditions are there to take or leave! 


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Be A Friend For A Friend In Need

I’m sure you and your best friend will have already been through thick and thin together. You will know exactly how to cheer each other up, and will have dished out plenty of life advice to one another. So what happens when your friend is going through a difficult period that will take a lot more than a girly chat to fix? You will no doubt want to be there for her and support her through this tough time. However, things are slightly more serious this time. So you will need to be extra sensitive and understand that your friend needs a lot of support from you right now. As everyone says, ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed.’ So here is how you can be there for your bestie during her time of need.

Touch Base With Them

First of all, be sure to give them a quick call as soon as you hear the news that they aren’t coping so well at the minute. This is especially important if you don’t hear the news from them directly. Just letting them know that you are thinking of them could be enough to cheer them up, even if it is just momentarily. This will stop them from feeling alone or alienated. You should also let them know that they can get in touch with you whenever they feel like talking to anyone.

 

Listen To Them

When your friend does decide it is the time to talk about their issues, you should be a good listener. Make sure that you do not interrupt them when they are telling you their story. You should give your friend as much time as they need to get everything out. However, if they don’t want to tell you everything just yet, do not press them for more information. They will let you know more when they are ready. Right now, it’s important to be there to listen to your friend while they get things off their chest.

Help Them Make Decisions

When going through testing times, we all often find it hard to make up our minds. This is usually because we are not thinking straight. So when you are chatting with your friend, you should help her to make any decisions that she is struggling with. This is especially important if your friend appears to be confused. These could be small decisions, such as deciding what to eat for dinner. But they may also be life-changing decisions, like whether to stay in a relationship. In this case, don’t sway your friend too much in her decisions. Just make sure she can see both sides of the argument very clearly before she makes up her mind.

 

Get Them Help

There might be some situations in which your friend needs professional help. For example, maybe she is suffering from mental health issues or is fighting an addiction. If you think that your friend could benefit from seeking professional help, let her know. Your friend may need to be persuaded before she agrees to see a doctor or other health professional. But just let her know that it is for her own good. In some cases, it may be necessary to find them a rehab center, such as the Beachway Therapy Center.

 

Understand That Emotions Can Change

Our emotions and moods are just like waves. We may be feeling one thing only for that feeling to completely change the next minute. One feeling could be replaced with a completely different one. So you need to expect your friend to experience a whole range of emotions and feelings. Be prepared for everything. You need to be supportive when the tears come and comforting during the times she gets angry.

Patience Is Key

Your friend won’t feel better instantly. This is a process that takes a lot of time. But, if you follow all the advice in this blog, you can be sure that you are giving your friend the best possible chance to get better. Remember that everyone’s healing process is unique to them, and your friend’s might take a prolonged period of time.

 

Encourage Everyday Activities

The easiest way for your friend to get over her current situation is to continue with her everyday routine whenever possible. Just remember that they may need your help to continue their routine in the beginning.


This is going to be a very hard time for your friend. But if you are always there for them, they will find it a lot easier to cope.


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Jessie Lee Love | My American Icon + Win a Trip to NYC

The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.
— C. JoyBell C.

My grandma at 16.

A grandmother's love is a bond that is already so special because she makes the impossible seem possible when it comes to spoiling you with things that your parents wouldn't normally do. But when that bond is transformed into a motherly connection where she has made sacrifices to make sure that you had everything that you need to become the best version of yourself.... that makes her extraordinary.

This is my Grandmother- Jessie Lee Love, she is the one woman in my life who I absolutely adore more than anything on this earth. She raised me since I was a little girl and instilled in me the value of hard work, resilience, perserverence and to do all things with style and grace. She is definitely a fashion icon of her time, she worked in a lingerie factory, has amazing style and was always first and foremost a lady at all times (B.B. King knew!!

Everyone knows the sacrifices women make on a daily to make sure their families are taken care of. Knowing this, world renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz has launched  WOMEN: New Portraits to showcase the everyday female heroes in our lives. The exhibition is based on her book, 'Women', a collection of portraits in collaboration with Susan Sontag in 1999. Launched in London of January 2016, the UBS x Leibovitz collaboration continues to explore the changes in the roles of women today. The tour will travel to ten host cities over the course of twelve months including London, Tokyo, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico City, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York, and Zurich.

Even better, Annie is giving one lucky person a trip for 2 to NYC for sharing their everyday hero. The winner will get to see the November 2016 exhibition in person as well as meet Annie! Click here for more info

 

Who's the special lady in your life? To submit your own story, post a pic of your hero on Instagram and use the hashtag #ShareYourHero and tag @USB. Make sure to TAG ME so that I can like and comment... @kashon_bg

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by memBrain via Linqia. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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