Sitting here and watching Emma Watson talk about gender equality and the F word (Feminism) in her HeforShe webcast, one question she asks out loud stuck with me: Why are women not telling their own stories? Although Emma was referring to the film industry and the percentage of women in leadership positions, the question still stands true. Why are women not telling their own stories?
This question goes beyond the film and acting industry. As I sit and think about things, I realize how important it is to have a voice and use it to positively make a change. No longer is it a problem of the previous generation or the next, but of the current. As bloggers with a community of great friends and readers, we should be encouraging others to tell their stories. We are sharing part of our story in creative ways, however, sharing doesn’t seem to be enough. We should be encouraging other women to stand up and follow their dreams and share their stories through whatever medium they choose. Your story comes in many different ways. For example, following your dreams, pursuing your passions, and empowering yourself and others to do the same. What is a story if we are not trying to send a message to others so they may feel compelled to do something?
It is not just a problem only women face. Emma expresses it very eloquently, “I want to live in a world where there isn’t such a narrowly defined definition of masculinity and femininity.” There is more than enough room for both genders to tell their stories. Men and women need to create a path that is true to the identity they want for themselves. More importantly, to become an individual and set an example for others. “I guess I really wanted to communicate that gender equality historically has been a predominantly women’s movement,” she said, “but I think the impact of gender in equality and how it’s been affecting men hasn’t been addressed. So I wanted to make that one of the clearest messages in my speech.”
Remember, we are all unique with our own visions and dreams. We must live equally in the present in order for the future to be bright.
What is your story? I would love to hear it.
What made you want to share a bit of it with others on your blog?