Filming with GirlsTalkLondon

On the first Saturday of February 2015, history was made for a start-up organisation that is all about connecting women with Senior and leading women in competitive & male dominated industries. Girls Talk London filmed a new panel web series aimed … Continue reading

#HeForShe Campaign

“So much potential remains untapped”   Since her appointment in July 2014 last year, Emma Watson, British actress turned UN Women Goodwill Ambassador – has encouraged a new audience to break down the barriers prohibiting gender-equality. Fierce Watson is back, building … Continue reading

#UglyGirlsClub

‘People are all the same, and we only get judged by what we do. Personality reflects name, and if I’m ugly then – so are you.’

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Would you believe that’s a Sugababes lyric?!

When a ‘lad’ decides to slur a vulgar comment at Royal Holloway, University of London’s Feminist Society, he couldn’t have anticipated the launch of one of the biggest social media campaigns of the year.

Once the ladies of the society found themselves the direct target of an insult, they took the bull by the horns and decided to reclaim the term ‘ugly‘.

Cue, a gazillion amount of selfies flooding social media sites with the hashtag, ‘UglyGirlsClub‘.

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Sick of females being constantly judged purely on their image, these feminists knew better than to be hurt by the comment.

We sort of started laughing about it,” Natasha Barrett, Royal Holloway’s Feminist Society President, recalls. “And then we started sending each other very tongue in cheek selfies with the hashtag.”

Hence the birth of the ‘Ugly Girls Club’ campaign. Encouraging and empowering people to not just think of their worth in physical terms. I, for one, feel strongly that our value isn’t determined by our appearance.

People across the world (male and female alike) have picked up on the hashtag and the campaign is now almost 1,000 people strong.

These thousands of selfies range from scrunched up faces, make-up adorned faces, to the rolling of eyes – all in the name of sticking two virtual fingers up to their detractor.

Selfies have been rolling in from as far as Australia!

Namecalling is nasty. But RHUL’s Fem Soc have truly turned the tables, and won this fight.

This is one club I definitely don’t mind being part of.

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Too nice to work in TV?

Next week I’m due to start a postgraduate course wherein I will be thrust into the world of Television and Radio Journalism. My naturally kind deposition has often been pointed out to me as a negative, hence my interest in this post. People in the industry have advised that I may need to ‘toughen up’ and shouldn’t ‘play nice’ in the journalistic field. Now, I know I may need to work hard and fight for opportunities as a young journalist breaking into a competitive field – but I really don’t see the need to be ruthless cow.

This blog is profound in it’s advice and wisdom, so thank you Simon Wright!

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Have you ever been sat in a work meeting or in the process of employing someone when the phrase, ” but he/she is too nice” has been thrown out. When this is mentioned it usually means there will be a problem. Being “too nice” is seen particularly in television as a weakness. In order to succeed you need to be tough, ruthless and determined, but can’t you succeed and be a thoroughly nice decent human being too? Are they mutually exclusive? When people are “too nice” it’s often felt that they would be walked over, taken advantage of, not taken seriously. Well actually teams in my experience tend to respond better to honesty, kindness, openness and knowing what they can and can’t do. Being “too nice” doesn’t mean letting people run riot but actually pointing it out to them when they do and explaining how they will be perceived and…

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Why Dr. Mindy Lahiri is my kind of role model

Famed for her ‘Mindyisms’ that make the hit US offbeat comedy such a success – Mindy Lahiri owns her position as the main protagonist in the TV show ‘The Mindy Project’.

Friends are often quick to point out that she and I share a passing resemblance, and  I obviously see this as a compliment. After all, she is a witty and pop-culture loving doctor who lives in her own apartment in New York. Who wouldn’t want to be likened to a successful female who preaches about positive body image and radiates comic sensibility?

I’m a Mindy Kaling fan, and her creation of her alter ego ‘Dr. L’ has made her all the more brilliant. In honour of Kaling’s intimate interview with Flare Magazine this month, here are my reasons for why I believe Mindy Lahiri is a girl’s best friend:

  1. She’s comfortable with her body image. If you don’t love yourself, who will?min1
  2. She hates dieting and exercise, and isn’t afraid to admit itmin2
  3. She’s a food-ymin3
  4. She writes the best speechesmin4
  5. She’s a feminist that takes a stand for women everywheremin5
  6. She’s adventurous, but she’s no reckless idiotmin6
  7. She’s aware of the kind of mindless topics of conversation one ought to have over lunchmin7
  8. She’d always be up for a sleepover and movie night, with added Ben & Jerry’s min8
  9. She knows a working woman’s prioritiesmind9
  10. She’s intent on finding her happy endingmin10

Why female empowerment is important

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When you meet another female your age that wants to follow the exact same career path as you, do you see her as competition?

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It is jealousy in its harshest form – jealousy of success.

These feelings are real and unfortunately seem to exist in society.

Of the few networking events and career advice talks I’ve attended, I’ve consistently encountered these types of young women.

These girls always seem judgemental and never are genuinely pleased when they learn the career path I want to lead is the same as theirs.

In contrast, when speaking to a guy who’s career ambition mirrors mine – there is no jealousy or judgement there at all.

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But why does this jealousy amongst females exist?

I have always wondered why there is a need to compete, or get to your dream quicker or faster than another woman. Why can’t you both succeed?

Young women, in particular, need to stop being jealous of another’s success. There is no use in obsessing over someone else’s accomplishments or failures. 

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Where did this competition begin and why do girls feel the need to compare themselves with others? Surely, we should be motivating our fellow females to succeed – what ever happened to ‘Girl Power’ after all!

Googling ‘female empowerment’ pulls up 18,600,000 results online of plenty of news articles featuring senior women in the limelight who are promoting the term.

Simply by diverting all the negative energy into something positive, can ultimately help you lead a better life and help you in your own successes.

Social networking means it’s easy to constantly compare yourself to your peers.

While healthy competition can be a good thing, blatant jealousy is not.female5

I’ve learnt that if you want to be successful in life, being your own competition is far better than fixating on someone else’s triumphs.

So what if your classmate got 90% in a test, and you only got 60%?

So what if she’s been promoted, and you are only an intern?

The world is sometimes unfair – deal with it. Some people have better opportunities and make the most of thier luck.

You can do nothing of it, except create your own successes.

Fantasizing about your jealousy will take you nowhere – but you know this already, and you certainly don’t need me to lecture you on that!

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I firmly champion the ideal that women need to encourage fellow females to rise to the top in their career paths, rather than be jealous of them, or see them as competition.

All I’m saying is, be self-motivated, and celebrate your achievements.

Be passionate about your life and respect your own ambition.

Great article on this topic: ‘How to Stop being Jealous of Someone Else’s Success?’ 

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Elizabeth Day inspired me.

“Whether as a 3am girl, a war reporter or a Lois Lane, journalism can be a rewarding, brilliant and challenging profession.”

Personally, I can’t wait for the daily routine of hearing my alarm go off at 3am every weekday morning.

Check social media, jump in the shower, and hop in the car to work (missing the standard rush hour traffic because it’s THAT early), arriving at the studio and jumping into hair & make up whilst reading that morning’s newspapers. My dream job. Doesn’t Breakfast TV appeal to all?

I love the news, I adore it in fact, since I was little I’ve always craved Lorraine Kelly’s career. I want that job and longevity! “Anchoring is my dream” said 6 year old me.

Everything I’ve ever done, from the acting and commercial work to the managing of a student television station, has always been career motivated.

I want to be a journalist that badly. But I’m not alone, the industry is getting more and more competitive every second – with luck be a weighty pendulum.

Away from my fantasy world though, today I read a stunning review by Elizabeth Day (arguably one of the most successful and witty journalists around) “Why women love journalism”.

It’s gripping, concise, relatable and so-darn-true, which is why I felt the need to share it on the last day of 2013.

If you feel like being inspired, give it a gander – I’m actually even considering quoting her in my MA Personal Statement…too far?

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