On Wednesday 12th June at 10 am (BST) I'll be shaving my head to raise money for The Fawcett Society. I'm doing this because for as long as I can remember I've always been treated as pretty before I've been treated as an actual real-life human being. Society values a woman's worth by her physical appearance and as a mother to 2 girls, I want to teach them that true beauty comes from within and that they're worth so much more than the length of their hair, prettiness, weight, sexuality and so much more. To read more about why I'm doing this please visit my blog post.
Because this personal journey for me is all about female empowerment and ending gender stereotypes I couldn't think of a more fitting charity than The Fawcett Society. The Fawcett Society is the UK’s leading membership charity fighting for gender equality and women’s rights in all settings; be that at work, home, or in public life. They believe in diversity and equality for all and I feel that their beliefs are directly in line with my own. The Fawcett Society dates all the way back to 1866 when Millicent Fawcett dedicated her life to the peaceful campaign for women's suffrage. To find out more about the organisation's amazing history click here.
Over the years The Fawcett Society has managed to persuade the Government to require large employers to report on their gender pay gap, including bonuses. They were also a key player in lobbying for the Equal Pay Act and Sex Discrimination Act, AND they even secured the Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Act in 2002, permitting the use of all-women shortlists for political parties selecting candidates, and ensuring greater representation of women in politics. They consistently continue to campaign and raise awareness, helping society to make huge leaps in progress, and as a mother, and a woman, I am so grateful for this.