So here I am again.
I decided to take up a blog challenge to write something for International Women’s Day (IWD), but wasn’t sure I’d have time. And then the day before IWD I had a conversation which led to me committing to write stuff again, just in a small way for now. So this seems like the perfect opportunity to get back on the horse……
I was originally planning to write something different and in-depth, but I am limited on time. So instead I’m going to share some things I’m grateful for. Some directly relate to the theme, some are just broadly female-related subjects.
The theme of IWD 2019 is #BalanceForBetter, reminding us that it’s all about celebrating women’s achievements, as well as being a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
So in no particular order, things I am grateful for – for me and on behalf of others….
- The Suffragettes – for their tireless campaigning that led to women in the UK being allowed to vote
- Women in science – for the things they discovered and for those leading the way so the rest of us could study science subjects
- Women in Rotary and similar organisations – doing amazing voluntary work for charities all over the world and in their local communities
- Maternity leave – in the UK we are fortunate to have 12 months to get to know our babies before we have to return to work (if of course we choose to go back)
- Choice – I am able to choose to work part-time on a freelance basis, and my daughter is looked after by the lovely staff at a day nursery while I do so
- My husband – not all women are as lucky as I am, some partners just leave them to get on with looking after a baby by themselves from the start. Raising a child needs a team effort and there are lots of ways a dad can help.
- My family and friends – an extended network of support for us and our daughter. The “village”. Even in the UK in this modern age, mothers can feel isolated and alone. Having people around to help with practical tasks or just pop round to keep us company is so, so important.
- Breastfeeding support – an essential service that isn’t available everywhere, but helps ensure that women who want to breastfeed get help and support to do so. From little practical queries to big challenges, from feeding newborns to nursing toddlers.
- Baby sleep educators – helping us understand that babies don’t sleep like adults and we shouldn’t expect them to. Women have a challenging time when babies don’t sleep, but there are ways to cope with this.
- Baby banks (like food banks but for baby equipment) – they shouldn’t need to exist, but they do and they do a brilliant job helping families who aren’t able to buy essential equipment like cots, car seats, clothing.
There are so many other things I could list here, and some of these topics could become lengthy blog posts in themselves.
But that’s for another time perhaps. For now I’m just getting back into the writing habit.
And here’s a glimpse inside a toddler’s mind – I have no idea what was going on here, but it kept her entertained for ages.