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The abundance of ‘Changing Women’

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Since starting this website in June 2011, I have noticed a couple of things and thought that I would go through my vision and objectives again to see where we are at;

MY  VISION:

“Is to flood the internet and the media with images and stories of real women, enhancing the positive image of women which, in turn will enhance each woman’s image of themselves, helping them to change the world one woman at a time”

I created this forum in June 2011 to encourage discussion around self-esteem for women, and since then the focus has expanded and solidified.  This forum is only my first step.  It will discuss general issues of women’s equality and a woman’s place in the world.  It will promote health and well-being and push the boundaries of change for women.  The emphasis for Changing Women is on the positive, always striving to explore positive strategies for change rather than focusing on the negative aspects of inequality.

At this moment, this site has had over 11,000 hits, we have more than 100 followers on the blog and Facebook and a further 300 or so on Twitter @changingwomen1 and about 30 on our LinkedIn group.  So all in all, we are doing pretty well.  

The major thing that I have noticed is how many similar websites and blogs have sprung up over the last 2 and a half years, and this is fantastic!  More and more women are ‘getting off the sideslines’ to quote Kristen Gelibrand the US Senator and doing something about their lives and making a difference for change.  There is even another Changing Women Facebook page!  I will put a list of the other sites that I know of and am following at the bottom of this article, but suffice to say – we are mobilising!  Women everywhere want change and are really doing something about changing themselves, others and the way the world operates.  Keep up the good work!

In June 2011 when I started, these were my main Objectives for the Forum;

1. To flood the internet with positive images and stories of real Changing Women by encouraging women to register and contribute their own stories and photos to the site;

In a way, I hope that this forum has contributed in a small way to the abundance of sites, blogs and articles that are telling the stories of real women.  Many of you contributed your comments, photos and stories and I appreciate that you felt that you could share them with us.  Many more images of real women have been posted to the gallery, and whilst there is much more that could be done, this is a start.

2. To interview as many “Women of Change” as possible so that we further flood the internet with positive stories of real women, creating many positive role models for women and girls;

I interviewed a number of women directly and spoke to many more in person at various events and still there are more stories being posted across the internet on additional sites and web communities.  The stories of women are being told everywhere and it is truly wonderful.  We need to retell history as many many women’s stories have been left out.

3.  To collect the stories of older women that demonstrate the progress of previous women’s movements – stories of the past  told by the women themselves;

There is still an opportunity to do this and I will try to interview more in the coming year.  Everyone has a story, and what I found by talking to older women was that they were surprised that anyone would even be interested in their story!

4.  To promote realistic design paradigms for women’s fashion by working with designers to recognise the Changing Women’s body.  Enabling comfortable stylish clothes for women will help more women to “Embrace their Shape” and to live free of the pressure of the fashion industry and media.  Let us change the model of what it is to look like a woman!

After speaking to and writing to a number of fashion houses, I think that we are well on the way to changing the way that our clothes fit and are designed.  There is still a way to go, but at least now you can find comfortable fitting, stylish clothes at a reasonable price at both the lower end of the market and the top end and there are some examples of this throughout this blog site.  Check out the Fashion section on the menu for more stories about fashion.

5.  To discuss the many issues of body image, and to highlight issues of behaviour and inequality that effect self-esteem.

We have certainly covered a number of topics on Changing Women!  Body image and self esteem have been constants and the gallery of photographs is one of the most visited pages on the site.  Whilst I would like many more positive images, this takes time and the website is not yet set up for people to easily add their own profiles and photos, so this section will just develop as there is available time.

6.  To work collaboratively in developing positive solutions for change across corporate, industry and government so we see a greater number of female leaders take their places as decision makers.

Over the last two years I have been working with a number of women’s and men’s organisations to find out how we might best instigate changing behaviours, and how we might “Change the world one woman at a time”.  I am now heavily involved in research and consulting around what I call Gender Economics and Diversity Economics and have also started planning for the launch of the Female Investor Network around June this year to help women become investors in emerging and sustainable companies.  This is one way that women can achieve decision making input to the economy first hand, they can also practice their management and Directorship skills for those women that want to take up a leadership role in a corporate, or if they are building their own business and want the first hand skills of capital raising and share floats.

Changing Men

One of the most surprising things that I found during this time with Changing Women is the number of men that respond to, or follow the blogs.  I have had discussions with many men in countries like India, Korea, the US and the UK as well as Australia and the comments have been interesting, but the major takeaway for me is that men want change as much as women do.  Some of the comments that I have received have been surprising.  Many angry young men speaking to me over twitter start out very hostile to my tweets and then after a few tweets back and forward they become positive and start to open up about their frustrations.  Many of these young men are disconcerted, uncomfortable and confused by the trend of young women to be overtly sexy, to drink to excess and to basically behave in aggressive ways that we mostly associate with young men.  Whilst women have come along way, men are largely floundering, but the strongest messages that I got from many of these young men was that they want ‘substance’.

It is important to note that this forum is not restricted to Women.  I welcome anyone to join.

JOIN ME AND SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

SOME OTHER GREAT CHANGING WOMEN SITES THAT I HAVE FOUND

Feminist Peace Network  – https://www.facebook.com/feministpeacenetwork?hc_location=stream

Awakening Women Institutehttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Awakening-Women-Institute/58155612701?ref=stream&hc_location=stream

Women in Global Businesshttps://www.facebook.com/womeninglobalbusiness?hc_location=stream

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International Women’s Day

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Vicky's Work Area 2006

Vicky’s Work Area 2006 (Photo credit: Vicky TGAW)

 

Lets be clear on International Women’s Day. Flexibility is not gender diversity, nor is it equality. Nursing rooms, flexible hours and acknowledging the needs of returning mothers is also not equality, it is merely a fact of life. Gender diversity means that women have the same opportunities and choices as men do, and men can have the freedom to choose roles that we have traditionally attributed to women

 

Is the ‘mummy culture’ undermining feminism?

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I don’t know if I am the only one that has noticed, but there seems to be a distinct rise in what I would call “the mummy culture’ amongst young mothers, at least in Australia.  They look fantastic, exercise regularly, cook up a storm,  have a man’s man for a partner, they can be stay at home mums or career women.  What ever way they all seem to have some things in common.

They follow each other in packs on Facebook and twitter posting and tweeting numerous photographs of their little ‘bundles of joy’ for all to see.  Their world seems to revolve completely around raising their children but, I think, in a slightly different way to they way women of older generations raised their children.  Here are a couple of characteristics that I have noticed;

  • They are the of the ‘new traditionalist‘ model, think “Bree’ from “Desperate Housewives‘;
  • They spend time perfecting female gender stereotypes.  They like cooking, cleaning, looking after the family and basically being the ‘perfect mumma’.

I am interested in doing some research on this to see if it really is a new phenomenon, so please take part in this poll to voice your opinion.  Are these ‘mummas’ undermining the work of feminists or are they just capitialising on the ‘choice’ that feminism has given them?

Thank you for taking the time to respond to the poll.

 

Say NO to porn in Sport! Stop the Lingerie Football League in Australia. by guest author Lily Munroe of “Freedom from Porn Culture”

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A young supporter, but does he know what he is supporting?

SIGN THE PETITION HERE:

What began as a form of half time entertainment during Gridiron matches at the super bowl in the US, has now evolved into the successful and controversial Lingerie Football League (LFL), ‘true fantasy football’ according to the website. Now Founder Mitch Mortaza is intent on bringing his franchise to Australia next year.

Yet our Australian Sports Commission (ASC) does not support the LFL nor does Sports Minister Kate Lundy who is strongly opposed, making a public statement that “As Minister for Sport, I can’t abide a spectacle that degrades women and threatens to undermine the progress of women in sport in Australia.” White Ribbon – Australia’s campaign to stop violence against women, fully support Kate Lundy’s position on the LFL, stating, “White Ribbon denounces initiatives that objectify or exploit women & supports @KateLundy ‘s comments.” Read the rest of this entry

Use the joint power of the Changing Woman

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As a Changing Woman we all have the power to change the world around us, but Imagine for one moment the power we have if we harness that power jointly. I have always believed that a mothers love could literally move a mountain if we just knew how to harness the power. I still don’t know how to do that, but I know that as women we currently make up the majority of the worlds population. I also know that women have an indirect impact on the global economy by simply being a consumer. If harnessed, this joint consumer power can move those mountains and send strong messages to organisations and policy makers that behaviour, board structures and government policies need to change. Read the rest of this entry

International Womens Day 2012 – 8th March 2012

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International Women's Day 2012

The Changing Women Forum started in July 2010 and is currently only small but still with a small global following.  Our theme for International Women’s Day 2012 will be ‘Changing the Language’, looking at current terminology, words and language that we accept as normal but limits us in terms of equality and inclusiveness.

An example is constant discussion about childcare, leave for new parents and child support being linked to ‘maternity’ instead of ‘paternity’, where the former restricts the issue of child care only to women, to mothers, not mothers and fathers, or same-sex parents.  Further reinforcing the gender stereotype of women as primary caregivers.   By changing the term to ‘paternity’, the discussion becomes inclusive of men and the wider community.  During March, we will look at other examples and ways that we can change ourselves and our world as Changing Women by changing our language.

About International Women’s Day

When:  Thursday 8 March 2012
Where: Everywhere
What:   International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.
Why:   Suffragettes campaigned for women’s right to vote. The word ‘Suffragette’ is derived from the word “suffrage” meaning the right to vote. International Women’s Day honours the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women’s success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed. The first International Women’s Day event was run in 1911. 2011 was the Global Centenary Year. Let’s reinvent opportunity for all women … more

Susanne interviewed by international professional network “Globiles”

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Globiles Spotlight: Susanne Moore talks gender economics

December 01 Madrid & Central Spain

Globiles Spotlight is the feature where we give our most interesting and vocal members a stage on which to shine.

This month’s member, Susanne Moore, is “ a global citizen, consultant and entrepreneur “ she also manages the blog- http://changingwomen.org.

Here, she talks to us about gender roles in today’s professional environment.

– Interview by Andrea Maltman

 G: You created the website “Changing Women” – can you summarize what exactly you feel needs changing regarding the image of modern women?

S: the questions around gender equality and gender change are big subjects and the approach for Changing Women is to keep it simple, focusing on “the changing woman”.

The aim is to promote positive images of real women whose bodies and minds change during the course of their life experiences.

G: Why do you feel you are the one to do this shifting?

S: Probably the best answer here would be because I can.  I am an observer and strategist, so I have observed a great many things over the years.

I have more tolerance for people and I think that will help me to be a change agent on a global scale.

I have seen and done what works and what doesn’t work and I have begun to understand why society is the way that it is.

G: Globiles is about professional life and social mobility on a global/international scale. Do you think men and women truly enjoy equal access to these two experiences?

S: I think the degree of equality here varies depending on a couple of factors:  First, what country or cultural restrictions are imposed on you, what restrictions you impose on yourself and finally, what restrictions are imposed on you by others.

In short, I don’t think that we can yet say that men and women enjoy equal access to professional achievement or social mobility.

 G: In your blog you discuss the term of gender economics, what role does this concept play in business and professional life?

S: Gender Economics is a term that I am using to describe economies built around gender consumption.

It is an important aspect of our social and business climate today and certainly very important as we move into the future.

In the gender economy, we have reduced portions of the population to passive consumers, making indirect economic input rather than direct input.  Stabilising the balance between indirect and direct impact has a role developing our economic future.

G: What advice would you give to women who want to scale the heights of their corporate or business environment?

S: Be true to yourself and try to do the work that you want to do.  Once you are in the corporate environment, learn how the game is played.  Understand the politics of climbing the ladder and be wary of people that want you to fail.

Above all, don’t apologise for being a female! But do try to harness some of the traits that assist men in business-promoting yourself, speaking in solutions not complaints and not taking business dealings personally.

G: Once there, do you believe there is camaraderie amongst the ‘sisterhood’, or a tendency to join the boys club, as it were.

S: Unfortunately I don’t think that this is the norm in the same way as it is for men.  Men build strong networks, and compete head to head for promotion using the traditional “old boys” network, whereas in my experience, women seem to spend time competing against each other instead of working together.

It is such a shame because if they used their “woman-ness” they would know that  the greatest assets that they have is compassion, intuition, the ability to work as a team and support each other.

The good news is that I think this trend is slowly changing, but it really needs to be addressed at school while girls are developing.  Teach them to be happy with the self instead of looking outside of themselves for validation, working on self esteem will help them later in the workplace.

G: In your experience, have you found professional dealings to be easier with women or men?

S: I have mostly worked in male environments, construction and then Information Technology so I am used to working with men and find them to be easier than women.

I think that men are less complicated in the workplace and, as I said in the previous question, once you understand the game you know how to deal with it.

The absolute worst scenario is when another female tries to manipulate the men around you.  Men are, in my experience, easily distracted by a beautiful woman, and often don’t pick up on the subtle manipulations and put downs of other women

I would say that every time I have seen this behaviour, the company, or the men in  question have come off second best because they have made decisions that are not based on sound judgement.

G: As well as your writing and commentary on your website and blog, you are also an entrepreneur. Tell us about you business ventures and projects.

S: Since closing my consulting company in 2010 I have been doing lots of different projects.  I helped my eldest daughter develop her range of beauty products, Alli’s Stuff, and sell these through my lifestyle portal http://inthebushatthebeach.com

I am also consolidating my Integrity Management Methodology which I wrote in 1997, http://integritymanagementmethodology.wordpress.com

I hope to work within a specific niche, which will look at imbedding integrity and improving business performance by linking environmental responsibility, cultural sensitivity, gender, and the development of new paradigms for business management.

 G: You are also an accomplished public speaker, which subjects are you most passionate about?

S: I love talking about equality and integrity in business.  I have also spoken on subjects like outsourcing, project management, leadership and managing diversity.

I have been well known as a International Leader in the field of project management and have spoken many times on that subject.

Lastly my most recent passion is about Changing Women and speaking about the ways that the Changing Woman can help to change the world by harnessing their own inner power and strength.  This is just so important and something that I am extremely passionate about.

If you’d like to know more about Susanne, contact her on Globiles or check out her websites:

http://changingwomen.org

http://susannemoore.wordpress.com

Globiles is “A community of the global and mobile, sharing insights and contacts online and offline”

Violence against women is endemic to our sick culture

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A great article in The Punch online magazine by Melinda Tankard Reist, http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/Violence-against-women-is-endemic-to-our-sick-culture/  as a lead up to White Ribbon Day on November 25.  The article clearly catalogs a range of violent practices against women that are dressed up to look like fashion, pop culture, television or just plain good entertainment.  Tankard Reist gives numerous examples of some of the degrading messages about women that appear on  T-Shirts, website’s, and books that promote violence against women.  Tankard Reist starts by saying;

“Of course it’s good that men stand up and pledge not to be violent and put white ribbons on their shirt collars. We need men to be engaged in the issue. But since the inception of White Ribbon Day, violence against women and children has continued unabated. And the culture that helps to makes violence against women permissible, even something to be celebrated, remains unaddressed.

Moreover, the cultural messages that eroticise violence against women and make it appear sexy, is the same culture in which survivors of sexual assault have to survive. What happened to them is made into something others call art and fashion.

Media, advertising and popular culture reflect values. Any reading of the social landscape tells us that women are really only good for one thing: to be used sexually.”

Definitively worth a read and the most concerning part of the article is the comments she has received.  Many demonstrating a lack of understanding of the damaging nature of this type of rhetoric.  Many passing it off as ‘fun’, ‘fantasy’ or worse that they don’t see it as a problem;

“Chris_D says:

08:28am | 23/11/11

@KH, I think you miss the point that we see advertising like that and think “care factor zero”.  Ignore it and it will go away.  Keep hyping it up and the advertisers are the winners, and you are their foot soldiers.”

WhiteRibbon

Australia’s campaign to
stop violence against women

White Ribbon is an organisation that is working to prevent the most common and pervasive form of male violence – that towards women. All forms of violence are unacceptable. White Ribbon believes the prevention of violence against women will change society for the better.

White Ribbon believes in the capacity of the individual to change and to encourage change in others. It believes that our generation can and must work towards stopping violence against women.

Through primary prevention initiatives and an annual campaign, White Ribbon works to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to men’s violence against women.

From the WhiteRibbon Website.

Women of Change – Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman

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Arab uprisings’ women celebrate Nobel recognition

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Tawakkul

Yemen women protestors

Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman laughs as she speaks on the telephone after the announcement of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday. The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to Karman, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee