What does it mean to be a woman?
There is no exact answer. I look around at the women in my life today and begin comparing myself. My Mother had me at twenty one years of age; the same age I am now, and managed to bring me up with very little help whilst also juggling jobs and studying. Then we move onto my Nan... a woman who has worked various jobs all of her life from factory work to caring for other people. Then there's my Aunt who has worked in banking finance for what seems like forever. All these people are generations within my family and they all have children. They have all built something from scratch but I am currently in the opposite seat. I am only twenty one years of age, a recent graduate with no stable job, no partner, no children and I am thousands of pounds in debt from my University studies. If this was forty years ago, I would be married, working in a factory with a baby on the way by now. However time, law and ethics have changed and now I am in the generation that is in the advantage of being able to have an education, make their own choices, make mistakes and learn new skills without being told 'no'. This is what makes being a woman so wonderful. We are encouraged to make our own choices and have evolved to stand on our own two feet.
I may still be at a young age, but I want to be remembered for something. I want people younger than me to look up to me for something incredible that I have done. I don't want to fall into the expected box of 'girl gets a 9-5 job, meets a nice boy, gets engaged and has children with an okay income'. I have plenty of years for all of that. I want to make more mistakes, experience more, travel the world and I will most probably have my heart broken a fair few more times.
Moroccanoil have got together with six women to create a campaign called 'Inspired by Women'. Each woman has an amazing and inspiring story to tell in the form of short video films directed by Bryce Dallas Howard. The campaign is led by ambadassor Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; English model and actress. It's proof that anyone can do anything and you don't need to be a certain gender to start something from nothing, make a change or lead something from start to finish.
Below is the campaign video but here is some more information if you want to really get to grips with what these everyday, ordinary but powerful and inspiring women do to not only better themselves but to better others. It truly does make you want to face the world head on and create something fantastic. Head on over to the Facebook page or follow the hashtag #InspiredByWomen to support this campaign. Go do something inspiring!
*This post has been sponsored by Moroccanoil, but all thoughts and words are my own.