Today is International Women’s Day – a global celebration which aims to inspire women all around the world.
The first National Women’s Day took place in 1909 and its roots are in campaigning for better pay and voting rights. Today it’s gone global and is aimed at celebrating women’s achievements, and it’s even in official holiday in 15 countries including China, Ukraine and Vietnam!
I love the idea of a day dedicated to celebrating the inspirational women that have paved the way for us.
I am really fortunate that I am surrounded by strong women in every aspect of my life – my amazing Mum (who is also my business partner here at Little Lotus!), my family, friends and work colleagues.
My first boss was a women and she’d worked incredibly hard to become an influential person in her industry. She spent a lot of time mentoring me and pushed me to have the confidence to go for things I wanted to achieve before I thought I was ready.
She taught me so much just by watching and learning from her in the workplace and without the time and energy she invested in me I doubt I would be where I am today with the confidence to start and run my own business.
I’m really lucky that I’ve had several female teachers and mentors who have inspired and pushed me to achieve my full potential, and I hope that I can do the same for others.
I’ve been very fortunate to work with some incredible ladies and I’m really proud of the female network in my life. I’ve got friends who run their own businesses, are travelling the world and chasing their dreams, have overcome massive personal challenges and obstacles and even some incredibly strong female friends who have taken on the greatest challenge for a woman – motherhood.
The women we met in Cambodia inspired us to start Little Lotus Boutique. They were using their talent and skills to create beautiful handicrafts to fund their children’s education.
Juggling work and family life is a challenge for mothers all around the globe, but their passion and love for their children was the driving force behind everything they were doing.
Gender inequality still exists around the world, and surprisingly even in the fashion industry. In 2009, 2010 and 2011 only two women were nominated each year for the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s awards. In 2008, women made up just 16.7% of the nominees and in 2007 just 5.6%. These are startling figures for an industry largely build around the needs and desires of women.
However, in the sustainable fashion world women are helping change the face of sustainable textile production and causing waves across the fashion industry.
The names of these women working in sustainable fashion may not be as well-known as those of the big fashion houses (yet) but they are paving the way for a more sustainable future. Check out this article about 9 female farmers changing the fashion industry to see some of the great work women are doing.
All around the world women are doing incredible things to change the world we live in, bring up the next generation and ensure that they inherit a better earth from us. And that’s definitely worth celebrating!
Check out the International Women’s Day website to find out more and see how you can get involved.
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