Saturday, 1 April 2017

Women of the World Festival: Chimamanda's talk



On the 11th of March Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie spoke at the Women of the World festival. I was lucky enough to get tickets to this event, and listened to her spout words of wisdom for 1h30 (full post on my thoughts/ reflections on that in a later post).

If you're interested in listening to the full talk, this is the best version I have found online: HERE

Chimamanda was promoting her newest book, Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (Amazon link). As Piece by Piece transforms, I see it as a resource from which to be inspired to talk, read, listen and watch. My copy of this book is currently in the post, so a review of it will be coming soon.


Piece by Piece is a platform focussed specifically on women in their early 20s - although of course everyone is welcome! - to find inspiration, advice, tips and guidance to career, direction, confidence, community and reassurance. 

It is a blog where anyone can contribute, and the more voices that appear on here the better. If you'd like to get involved - in more ways than just writing - we'd love to hear from you. Check out the contact page for all our channels. 



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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

International Women's Day and New Beginnings


I just got back home from my job as a marketing specialist at a digital media agency, a role carved just for me within the growing company. I then went straight to the gym because, you know, exercise is good. I check and support my family members and friends throughout the day, as I always do. I am now researching and reading about International Women’s Day and coming up with a new swing to this blog - all the while with an undercurrent subconsciously telling myself I am not enough.  

The irony is that while writing the above sentence I found myself questioning whether I had - and telling myself that really I hadn't - done enough to warrant typing that out. 

I have plenty of other hobbies - creative writing, tutoring refugee kids, watching First Dates, etc etc - and yet I still don't feel even close to striving, doing or attaining 'enough'. This could be particular to my age group (early 20's), my self-image or maybe maybe it's strongly linked to my gender. Reading books such as Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In provide plenty of examples where women and men's confidence towards asking for pay rises, promotions or even vocally contributing to a meeting varies greatly. Other resources (podcasts/ videos/ articles) on this topic confirm Sandberg's statements. 

Happy International Women's Day. 

Amid a President who's happy to grab ladies' pussies (sorry, I kind of had to bring him up), a Polish MP proclaiming that women are "weaker, smaller and should earn less" and men asking today "why there isn't an International Men's Day, it's really no surprise that subconsciously we as women internalise a lack of self worth, of inferiority and of - to go back to myself - a feeling of "not enough". HOWEVER, in stark contrast to this, on Monday of this week I went to see inspiring Kehlani who spoke on the importance of self-love and meditation, on Tuesday I tutored a girl who has never gone to school and this June is taking her GCSEs, today Wednesday is International Women's Day and on Saturday I'm going to a talk by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie. In summary: there is a lot of light and a lot of great things happening for women and to women everywhere. 

So: here is the new Piece by Piece. A platform for women in their early 20s to find inspiration/ advice/ tips/ guidance as to: careers, direction, confidence, reassurance and community. As a reader you can expect links/ podcasts/ videos/ articles/ quotes/ music; interviews with women from different sectors; companies founded by women and... whatever else might come to mind or develops! 


Here are a few links to get started: 


The Male Bias in Children's Books



12 APAC Chiefs And What They Would Change For Women

Any suggestions/ ideas/ links/ direction/ people I could include would be immensely useful, so please feel free to reach out if you have any!



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