But I'm All Woman
As many of you know I'm pretty vocal when it comes to my expectations for women in today's society.
Firstly let me be upfront - I've been asked to discuss the role of todays woman by a company that is launching a new app today. Vanaia have developed an app which will allow us to scan in documents, much like a fax machine and they have offered me tokens - to give away to you guys, no purchase necessary! A free gift from Vanaia, to me, to you :)
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Carer? Worker? Breadwinner? Mother? Wife? Sister? Lover? Fighter? Object?
The roles we play are changing hugely from 50, 100 years ago. We're no longer stay at home women. We have careers, we have children, we have full families. A lot of women are raising children single-handedly, whilst bringing the food home like true lionesses.
We are moving from the stereotypical weak willed woman and we're morphing into something that is strong, tenacious and here to stay.
Who am I as a woman?
I'm a teacher, I'm a fighter, I'm a wife, I'm a sister, I'm an athlete.
None of these things define who I am though. They're merely facets of the bright and rich life that I have woven for myself, like many other of my lioness sisters out there - who have all eked out a living in an otherwise male dominated world.
I'm a secondary school teacher, I've taught KS3, I've taught KS4 and now I teach only 6th form. I'd like to think that I contribute to the developing aspirations of the students in my care and that maybe someone, just one, student has gone through my class and started to believe they can achieve.
I don't want children of my own. Not yet, maybe not ever.
Just the other day someone was telling me that I'm in fact selfish and childish for not wanting to have children.
Presumably because I'm a woman and that is my gender role in society. Do men get told the same thing when they say they don't want children? I'd be interested to know.
Surely though, I argue, it's more childish and selfish to have a child that you don't, or can't look after. The person in question had split from their partner and now only sees their child infrequently. Apparently the mother is self-centred and spiteful, using her child as a weapon. What an advertisement for having children. He'd just told me that having a child with someone you love brings you closer to them - doesn't seem to have worked for that couple now does it.
What effect do you think separation of parents have on a child? What about the constant arguing of two people who have either already separated, or those who really should separate? Surely THAT is egotisical and childish. To subject another living being to your insecurities, your spite, your hatred for a person you once claimed you love?
So, as a working woman, without a family, where does that leave me? A social anomoly. People keep asking me when I'm going to have children. I know that if, in a few years I still haven't produced the goods, I'll be offered pity on account of my not being able to have children. How do I know this? From women who have made the choice not to have children.
So what is my role in society?
Apparently on account of my childish choices I don't have one. It's mother-or-nothing.
Non-withstanding uneducated opinons though - I play a large role in my local and wider society. I write references for students that may be the difference between a university course or not. I have had students tell me that the only reason they ever fell in love with Psychology was because of me, or the only reason they tried that bit harder was because they knew I was there, solidly believing in them. I'm the difference for the year 11 class that everyone else had given up on getting a science GCSE for. I'm the difference between those kids believeing they can do it and knowing there's someone there, waiting for them to achieve when everyone else has given up.
We work hard. We play hard. WE juggle families, we juggle expectations.
We are today's woman. Roar with me sisters!
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