Top Stories Of Female Empowerment In November 2019
It's okay to be single. It's okay to look your age. It's okay to be your size and your skin tone. And it's 1000 per cent okay to demand equal pay as your male counterparts when you are just as talented as them! Here are four stories from the news cycle that put our self-worth in check this month:
1/4 Emma Watson Coins “Self-Partnering”
After much speculation about whether or not the 29-year-old actress and activist is in a relationship, Emma Watson shushed us all up and then sparked a new conversation this month when she proudly declared her relationship status as “self-partnered” in an interview. The word cracks a convoluted stigma attached to being single. We now live in a world where women can have other aspirations than childbearing and homemaking, and even if they don’t, they hardly need to be in a conventional relationship to do so.
Not just a tiny liberation for young and fabulous women like Watson but for men and women at any age really, “self-partnering” shifts the focus of happiness and success from having a partner to the individual.
2/4 Lizzo Stars On The Cover Of British Vogue
If you’re not a white woman on the cover of Vogue, then you’re at least a skinny one, or so we were raised to think. That is, until this month when one of 2019’s biggest gifts, American R&B singer Lizzo, broke the mould with the reveal of her cover for British Vogue’s December 2019 issue. Perhaps nothing sums up the significance of this cover better than blogger Stephanie Yeboah’s tweet, “I never thought I would ever see a fat black woman on the cover of Vogue. Not in my lifetime.” As a major, if not the, industry thought-leader, Vogue (and Lizzo) is setting the tone for greater diversity and representation in fashion and beauty, giving women everywhere something to be truly excited for in seasons to come.
3/4 Alexandra Grant’s Red Carpet Reveal
Whereas men seem to have always been allowed to “age gracefully” and still be considered attractive and datable past middle aged, ageing has always been considered a death sentence to a woman’s sex appeal. Because when you think of older women who still make any type of sex symbol list, like JLo and Demi Moore, they are known for looking much younger than the average women at that age. That’s probably why when accomplished artist Alexandra Grant stepped out publicly this month as the companion of the Internet’s most beloved bachelor, Keanu Reeves, people were all for it. At 46, Alexandra exudes and embraces a natural beauty that’s hard to come by in Hollywood. From her natural silver hair to a natural smile and posture that says “I’m comfortable in my own skin”, she is changing what it means to be female, fabulous and sexy at 40.
4/4 A Move Towards Equal Pay For Female Athletes
The overwhelming prowess displayed by the US women’s football team, victors, at this year’s Women’s World Cup put a huge spotlight on the pay gap exists between professional women’s and men’s teams. After winning the World Cup back in July, the US women’s football team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against their employers, the US Soccer Federation, and it has just been granted class-action status, pending trial May 2020. The approval comes merely two days after one of Australia’s major women’s football team, the Matildas, won equal pay and privileges, such as flying business class to overseas tournaments, as their male counterpart in a landmark deal.
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