Looking for something inspiring to watch on Netflix tonight?
What better day than International Women’s Day, to shine light on the work done by writer and director Jennifer Siebel Newsom on her journey to unmask the reality and pressure our children are currently facing, most specifically, our young women and girls.
I recently became aware of this educational and thought-provoking documentary Miss Representation, which you can find on Netflix if you subscribe, or on the documentary’s page. Here, Jennifer’s team uncovers why we fail to see an equal representation of women in positions of leadership and how the burden faced by our daughters in feeling underrepresented, insufficient and disempowered remains profitable to Big Business.
There is some strong language and imagery in this documentary – I would suggest watching it first and using your own judgement on if you could watch with your child, or perhaps take the messages away to share with them in your own words and ways.
Here we are in 2018, hearing words of celebration in support of those raising their voices and shouting #metoo. We see the movement take centre stage which is a great step but the conversation cannot end there. As a mother to a young daughter, and business owner who works with small children, I feel an immense pressure to provide reminders of women’s achievement throughout history and the world over to ensure these children see it can be done. That women over time, of various age, race, ethnicity, belief, exceptionality, sexual orientation, location, language, socioecomic status, and for such different reasons, have taken a stand in their moment in time and made a difference big or small.
Where to Start
Take a moment to point out and read about the famous females your child may know, or not yet have encountered such as:
Better yet find out about the local women and girls making a difference in your community and point them out to your child. A special one to us is a little lady I have watched from her very first days grow into an inspirational and uplifting young woman, supported by the most outstanding community of women – her mother most of all. Abigail is an entrepreneur, dancer, actor, singer, musician, and I could go on. You can find out more about her here on instagram. Abi is a great example that we need not look far to find vision and influence in female voice. Introduce your child to creative inspiration makers like Abigail and allow them to know it is within their grasp to make a difference.
Amazing women are all around us. Let’s talk about them, hear from them, and invite our children to know and be them. ♥