Education 

As Michelle Obama has stated that you should ‘get the education you need to make your voice heard in the world’ and that women need to be ‘leaders in our workplaces. Ensuring that more women are hired in companies.’ 

To me, the best way to show men our intelligence and power is through education. For too many years, men have been known for being smarter than women, which is not true. Women are just as knowledgable.

‘Defying the myth that only science and math are for men’

As the world is developing, the world is shaping into a new society everyday, yet still, there is a discrimination against the female gender. Which needs to stop. Around the globe, young girls are being deprived from an education just because of their gender. We are living in the modern world, so why is equality still so imbalanced? Education should be offered to everyone, no matter of your gender, race or religion. Every single person deserves the opportunity to learn new things, such as maths, science or even technology!

Technology is transforming the world, however as I’ve already stated in my previous blog, the technological world is male heavy. Which women can actually begin to change, simply by teaching themselves and others about technology. Coding, is enhancing the world, apps and websites are now vital to any work company. Therefore, by women being able to grasp the skill of coding, we can begin to level out the playing field.

Women need to express their potential and intelligence through education, and by doing so, women can have the access to more jobs, more opportunities and really start to change the world for the greater good!

Amnesty International 

Amnesty is actually a big part of my life, since I run an Amnesty Club at my school and I’m trying to get myself and others involved as much as I can. You probably have heard of the organisation already, but if you haven’t – then look it up.

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end abuses of human rights. The majority of the help that Amnesty receives is through you, by you signing signatures or sending letters could possibly save a one person to a huge amount of people’s lives. If you go on their website (https://www.amnesty.org/en/) then you can see all the issues and campaigns.

At my school, we are more focused on raising money for the organisation, and occasionally we write letters to Amnesty on issues and cases we are very much concerned about. We also have bake sales and we set up stalls at school fairs to get people to sign petitions. We don’t always have a lot of money at the end of each sale but I believe that our small donation will somehow benefit another persons life.

Amnesty is such a huge organisation yet it is constantly needing donations and support. Therefore, anyone who reads this, please go and look through their issues and start to take action. You may not think your one signature will make an impact, but trust me, it will. If you want to start changing the world but want to start small then sign a petition or donate a small amount of money. Because your help can REALLY make a difference.

Please look at the recent issues on their website and take action, because together, we can end the abuses of human rights.

Here is a current issue that is very important to me, and I’ll probably go more into detail about it in another blog. Click on the link to find out more:

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/northern-ireland-abortion-not-crime

How much do grades really mean?

During your life at school, you will think that getting an A is the most important thing, and that anything else below, lowers your self esteem. However, I am telling you now that the minute you walk into the world of careers, suddenly the exams you took back when you were 16 are not as important.

Nowadays, most people are getting A’s, which makes universities so much harder to get into, so they are looking elsewhere on your application form. They want to know your interests outside the classroom, whether you have done charity work or that you have a specific love for a sport. Grades are now not the only thing that will get you into uni, you need to show them that you are more to life than just homework.

However, I am not saying that you should just slack off your homework right now and never look back. You should continue to work hard, but not spend your whole weekend basing your time around revising or work. I suggest that you join a club, create a blog, or become apart of a sports team. Broaden your interests, so that uni’s can look at your application and straight away say yes.

Of course, universities are not for everyone, and I know that a lot of people just want to start a job, where an application process is needed as well. I know that they do look at your grades, but they also look for any experience or outside work. Grades are not going to show them whether you can organise a bunch of files, or have good speaking skills. Therefore, before applying to a job, make sure you have some experience on your CV, even if it is just helping out in an office for a week or working behind a counter in a shop. Anything that shows that you have more to offer than exam grades from when you were 18, could potentially help you with being accepted.

In short, I am saying that grades are not going to get you very far, it is your lifestyle and experience that will. Still try hard at school still, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you get a D or an E etc. If exams are just not for you and you don’t exactly excel in a particular subject, just try out a new sport or hobby, because uni’s and jobs care more about your character than a few grades on a page.

Powerful Songs preaching equality 

There are so many songs that are about love or breakups or both, however there are also songs that preach equality. I think these are the types of songs that really send a message to the listeners and leave them thinking about what they’ve just heard. Artists are given a platform, to which they can use to an advantage to inspire and teach their fans about equality and acceptance. Here are some examples of songs that preach equality and should definitely be listened to if you haven’t already:

  1. Same Love (Macklemore)
  2. ***Flawless (Beyoncé)
  3. One Love (Bob Marley)
  4. White Privilege II (Macklemore)
  5. Where is the love? (Black eyed peas)

Although, the first two are fairly new and are not as big as others. However, I think that ‘same love’ which is by Macklemore sends a very strong message that really gets the point across. The song is rapped rather than sung, which I think helps deliver the message to the listeners more clearly, as it is almost like a poem, expressing emotions distinctly.

Secondly, ‘***Flawless’ is a mixture between being spoken and sung and the spoken part preaches again about women empowerment and the unjust society, here is a verse from the song:

“We teach girls to shrink themselves

To make themselves smaller

We say to girls,

“You can have ambition

But not too much

You should aim to be successful

But not too successful

Otherwise you will threaten the man.”

Because I am female

I am expected to aspire to marriage

I am expected to make my life choices

Always keeping in mind that

Marriage is the most important

Now marriage can be a source of

Joy and love and mutual support

But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage

And we don’t teach boys the same?

We raise girls to see each other as competitors

Not for jobs or for accomplishments

Which I think can be a good thing

But for the attention of men

We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings

In the way that boys are

Feminist: the person who believes in the social

Political, and economic equality of the sexes”

All these songs should be played on the radio more often than usual, rather than another song about love! Please give them a listen and I would love to hear your feedback about them.