My #geniustip for #internationalwomensday is to re-invent some of the stories we tell about what it is to be a woman. Especially some of the fairytales we are brought up on!
I want fairytales where a Damsel in Shining Armour swoops in and rescues the Knight in Distress. And they live happily ever after as friends, but sadly only see each other occasionally at the town fair...
Or where Snow White breaks the evil spell to wake from her long sleep by finding the love she needed was inside and with her all along.
More Wizard of Oz and less Rapunzel.
When I was little, I remember railing against being a 'girl'. I wanted to be a medieval knight or a fire-fighter, or a super heroine who wore baggy clothes, or chain mail.
It took me a long time to realise I wasn't frustrated with my gender. I was frustrated by what I was being told that being a girl entailed and the different rule book that applied to me and not my brothers. I was craving more woman takes control of her own destiny and less girl waits for as long as it takes for a man/price/knight to rescue her from the tower.
Let's be our own rescuers, our own super-heroines, and let's tell better fairytales to broaden the horizons and shape the minds of the next generations.
Love Stef xx