In honour of International Women’s Day, we shine the spotlight on 5 female-positive movements shaping the future. Do we really need to ask: Who Run The World?
Emma Watson is known for getting the notice of guys all around the world, but she’s turned all that attention on her towards a greater issue. As the founder and an avid ambassador for the #HeForShe global movement, Emma continuously fights for the cause – which aims for bringing attention to gender equality and also engage men to be involved in the movement.
We can participate in the campaign ourselves by logging on to their website and joining in the petition to track our country’s impact on the cause and discover more on what we can do to take action on the social issues in everyday life. Other celebrities who have voiced their support include Anne Hathaway and The Vamps’ James McVey.
2. Ban Bossy
The Ban Bossy movement states “When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a ‘leader.’ Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded ‘bossy'” – signalling a negative undertone when girls stand up for their viewpoints and beliefs. And Ban Bossy isn’t only for adults. The positive message of the campaign also aims to reach out to young girls, instilling empowering virtues while encouraging them to take the lead and be unafraid to do so. As Queen Bey says: “I’m not bossy. I’m the boss.”
The power of social media can work wonders. Just take Candance Reels’ Female Collective movement as an example. What started out simply as an Instagram account to promote awareness on feminism, Female Collective has propelled into a leading brand today – merging fashion, pop culture and art aesthetics. Cop a cool Insta-worthy graphic tee from their online store or follow their Instagram for daily inspirational female empowerment!
Remember when Alicia Keys showed up at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards sporting a #Nomakeup look that sparked polarising public opinions? Her makeup choice (or lack thereof) is actually indirectly related to part of a bigger movement that is shaping how we view women in today’s society. Raw Beauty Talks, formed in 2013, is a progressive female movement that celebrates being comfortable in your own skin and redefines what it is to be “beautiful”. Who needs filters when you can feel flawless?
Loving and accepting yourself for who you truly are (and look like) is one of the most difficult and yet most liberating things one can do – The Body Image Movement will help guide you along. Founder Taryn Brumfitt is a one-woman game changer Australian championing the cause and has even recently produced and directed a documentary titled Embrace, a passion project film funded by Kickstarter that inspires to shed negative body perceptions instead of kilos. While the film is not yet available internationally, Taryn is targeting a worldwide release in the future so we also get the pleasure of joining her journey! In the meantime, join the movement by signing their petition on the website, and check out the uplifting trailer below!
Featured image credit: Debi Hasky via Pinterest.
What are some female empowering movements you support? Share with us in the comments below!