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International Women’s Day Q&A: Em Sheldon
The lovely Em Sheldon of Em Talks answers our International Women’s Day Questions:
What do you think it means to be a woman today?
It’s actually quite difficult, with constant things telling us how we should look, how we should feel, when we should be offended, when we should speak and also, constantly comparing ourselves but also, it’s a great time to be a woman because there are so many women using their voices in incredible ways, empowering others, building their own empires and flying the flag for us.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing women your age today?
There are so many issues facing women today and all of them are big in their own right. Personal topics close to my heart include domestic abuse, so many women are too scared to speak out about it and it’s something I’d like to work on later down the line as I feel like by using my voice, I could help other women speak out. The metoo movement has been incredible and I’d love to see more women (and men, because it happens to both) talking about warning signs of domestic abuse and showing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Who are your most inspirational female icons, and why?
I respect so many women. My Mum is definitely my number one female icon though, yes she’s not a celebrity but she’s my celebrity. She is the bravest lady I have met, she is so selfless and would put everyone else before herself, she always does and always has. She single handily protected and brought my brother and I up and has supported us through everything, no matter how stubborn we can be. She’s shown me that having a work ethic and being the breadwinner is good and she’s really taught me everything I know! I also really like Karlie Kloss, she does so much for girls in technology which I think is really cool.
What advice would you give to young women growing up in today’s society?
Comparison is the thief of joy, don’t do it! If you’re struggling with something, whether it’s loneliness, you’re getting bullied, someone isn’t treating you right, please tell someone. A problem shared is a problem halved. Even if it’s a teacher, please talk to someone. I spoke to one of my teachers about so much stuff I was going through at home and she really helped me.
Finally, what is your personal motto/mantra?
You are your niche! You are your power! There is only one you, you are someone’s reason to smile.