*A Guest Post by Nicole Brooker*
My first experience of someone who actively waved the bright pink flag for women in the world of work was 3 years ago, when I was working in a predominantly male environment.
As per the accepted norm, men ruled and women were only there to make tea and tidy up.
So you would think the introduction of this confident new team member would be amazing and encouraging. But apparently not!
The men decided that she was a loony and encouraged constant ‘picking’ on her, and if you dared stand up for her then you were classed in the same category.
I did stand up for her, what woman wouldn’t? And because of this, I was then forever classed by my team members as a feminist, and teased constantly about this to the point where I was always defending myself, and telling people I wasn’t a feminist.
But fast forward 3 years, I sit here after finishing my part time job in an office that is ruled by an old fashioned man in a corner office that shouts instructions at me in a demeaning voice, and I realise I am and have been, a secret feminist ninja warrior.
It dawned on me as I ranted away in my car on the drive home – about how women should be equal and we are just as capable in the workplace as men – that I may not be a bra burning feminist, but I definitely am one.
I want to point out here that I don’t hate men, completely the opposite if truth be known. What I do hate is not being treated equally in any sense, I want to be taken seriously as a business woman and as a go-getter (self-labelled because hey I can). To have the same sort of opportunities that are given to anyone else that will enable me to be the best I can. What I don’t want is to be told I am just playing at business until I have children or constantly double checked when giving information because I’m a woman and don’t know what I am doing.
I believe that us women should stand proud of who we are and fight for equality not only in the workspace but in life as a whole. Times have changed and being proud of being a woman is no longer as shunned as it was even three years ago. That is not to say we don’t come across opposition from both sexes, change it would seem is scary, especially with something so big.
For me I spend my day fighting at the front for women in business, showing them that they too can dream big in a world dominated by men. Because yes, let’s not beat about the bush most successful businesses are run by men and boy don’t they like to remind us of that.
I’m no longer a secret feminist ninja warrior, and in fact I’m the complete opposite, you can now find me standing in the busiest places in the world (online because I do this from my comfy sofa) dressed in my superhero pink ninja warrior outfit crusading for women’s voices to be heard throughout the world.
P.S Feminist Ninja Warriors eat those pink wafer biscuits because they are awesome and not just because they are pink.