THE 4 WOMEN WHO INSPIRE PT + FITNESS BLOGGER CARLY ROWENA
The Global Gender Gap 2017 report states that gender parity is over 200 years away which means there has never been a more important time to press for progress. With global activism movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp being pushed to the forefront of media it shows that women are making positive steps towards change everyday. International Womens Day is a day is the perfect day to motivate each other, unite friends, work colleagues, strangers and communities to act and be gender inclusive which is why I reached out to four women who have inspired me. I asked them two questions which I would love for you to answer too..
What are you most proud of? I am proud that we as women can create a sisterhood of support and love to help empower and build each other up. This sense of community was one of the main inspirations behind my new app everyBody with Iskra which I wanted to be a safe, inclusive space that encouraged everyone and anyone to feel supported and loved exactly as they are.
If you could change one thing for women what would it be? I would improve the access to education for women around the world. Give them the tools and support to be able to get to school and stay in school.
What are you most proud of? The miracle it really was for me, as a woman was to give birth to my four children.
If you could change one thing for women what would it be? If I could change one thing as a woman it would be for there to be more mindfulness compassion to be taught in schools. For me, it’s the thing that is missing most in today’s curriculum, having had 4 children go and going through the school system.
What are you most proud of? My greatest pride as a woman is having produced my lovely daughter! That sounds too obvious, but in reality it is the one defining difference in ability between the sexes. In my time and country, everything else I have chosen to do, could have been done by a man of equal abilities.
I could be grateful that I was one of the first women to gain my city council mortgage without a male guarantor. I was the first female at a local distance running club, and I am actually a freeman of the city of London. Somehow these all feel like consolation prizes, and I am still angry for gender parity.
If you could change one thing for women what would it be? The one thing I would ask for all women is just complete fairness. A simplistic concept but why the hell should it not be achievable! Change is always possible but lasting progress requires enforceable legislation. The recent ‘times up’ and ‘me too’ social media influential campaigns have been a welcome timely surprise.
Women who have the benefit of education, wealth and power, at all levels, must use these tools with great altruism to challenge and overcome the barriers facing others. All the dice are loaded against the emancipation of women worldwide; a terrible penalty for those who carry the future populations.
Please find attached my favourite picture of myself. It was taken in June 2012, about an hour after I gave birth to my first-born, Zak. I had never felt more powerful and beautiful than I did that day and haven’t done so since. I was on a complete high when this pic was taken and I didn’t come down for hours. My second born came in six minutes so I went into shock and didn’t experience the same feeling of accomplishment.
What are you most proud of? As a woman, I’m most proud of being a full-time working mother of two and succeeding at my dream job. I returned to work after my second maternity leave to a more senior role, which is unusual, and somehow I’m making it all work. I’m everything to everyone and sometimes it feels like it’s getting too much but there always tomorrow and a better day ahead. I hope I’m setting a good example to my children. My son told me he wants to be ‘a big boss’ like his mummy when he grows up and that’s enough for me.
If you could change one thing for women what would it be? Access to education holds the key to the emancipation of women globally and it’s the one thing I would change. There are too many young girls either not going to school or being pulled out before their teens. It’s a travesty that has to change. Strong women like Malala Yousafzai are helping make great changes. We all should support her and women like her who are fighting for a better future.
What are you most proud of? Im most proud of walking away from a position in a job that made me feel uncomfortable, put me in situations I shouldn’t have had to deal with and made me feel worthless compare to the men around me. I’m proud that when people told me I wouldn’t make it on my own (because i was too sensitive) that I did it, not out of spite but because I knew I could. I’m proud that I stuck to my guns when I switched careers and started working in the fitness industry, that when men would try to belittle me in the weights zone that I stood my ground and challenged their thinking, I’m proud that when i look around that zone now the percentage of women around me has grown and become equal.
If you could change one thing for women what would it be? I would love for women to experience a feeling of worth that isn’t attached to appearance. For intellect, independence, strength and compassion to be held in higher value and for it to be equal to that of the men around them. I would also love for the role of ‘Mum’ to be held in higher regard, although I have that journey yet to come I know that it’s the hardest job out there, I want employers and men to see motherhood as something to be praised and respected.
What are you most proud of and what would you change for women?