Who run the world? Girls.

I’ve never been a feminist or into ‘girl power’ and stuff. Frankly, I never really liked girls all that much. I’m guilty of slut-shaming and I think a lot of girls don’t deserve their good fortune – like conniving, materialistic girls who get all the attention from guys, but I’m digressing here. 

Then I came across an article in today’s paper : MORE WOMEN IN POWER A GOOD THING. So I read it, & I was like, wow. It mentioned that in the US only 17% of American Fortune 500 board seats are held by women, and only 3% of board chairs are women. There aren’t many women in the Cabinet either. So that’s what people need – more women at the forefront, making decisions. 

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I told my mum about the ‘politician’s wife’ argument in Very Classy by Derek Blasberg (basically, don’t do anything scandalous because someone running for government would want a ‘good girl’ for a wife – & even if you don’t plan on marrying a politician-to-be, a decent dude wouldn’t want someone trashy anyway). 

I always joked, ‘Maybe it’s fine that I’ve never been with anybody. I’ll just stay pure and wait till I become a politician’s wife.’  & she would go, ‘Why marry a politician? Be one.’ 

I’d always just shrug it off, like nah, politics and me don’t go together. I know more about Taylor Swift’s love life than current affairs, which is not something to be proud of. When people ask me what I intend to study, I answer ‘journalism’ or ‘political science’, because I’ve gotten good at pretending that I know what I want to do. 

I know what kind of woman I want to be. But sometimes I’m not willing to do what it takes to get there. Today’s article is a reminder that I should ‘lean in’ and ‘aggressively pursue opportunities’. My role models (Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Emma Watson) may not be exactly like Sheryl Sandberg, but they channel the same attitude. 

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Maybe this is a little silly, but sometimes I stand in front of the mirror and look at myself in my blazer, and think : yeah, I’m gonna be someone important. Someday I’ll be able to speak up for other people. 

I know that I have a lot to work on – and if we’d had Yearbook captions back in school mine would read : Least Likely to Run for Office or even Least Likely to Succeed , because let’s be honest, I’m not extraordinary academically, and I’m not the president of any club. I don’t know much about politics, though I care about people.

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But I will get there if I think that I have to. If I’m not entirely sure what I wanna do anyway, then why not aim to do something that people need? 

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