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International Women’s Day Q&A: Mollie Quirk
The awesome Mollie Quirk of The Perks of Mollie Quirk, answers our International Women’s Day questions:
What do you think it means to be a woman today?
In this day and age, being a woman is being independent, successful and true to yourself. Being a woman is inspiring other women and supporting other women too. I believe that women who support women are the best kinds of people in this world.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing women your age today?
I’d say that the biggest issue facing my generation of women today would be sexism. Even though we have come a long way since the day of the suffragettes, I definitely still believe that we have a little way to go until women receive equal pay, rights and treatment. The glass ceiling is still very much in place in some professions, but I know women who are shattering that ceiling everyday and proving that us women can be builders, CEOs and business owners. I also think that women are facing judgement on their physical appearance each and everyday, due to the influx of photoshopped and unrealistic images that fill our social media feeds. We’re raised to believe that perfection is the end goal, but in reality being happy, living a full life and being comfortable in your own skin is surely more important – hence why I’m not phased by my extra chub and curvy hips.
Who are your most inspirational female icons, and why?
Firstly, my mother. She inspires me every single day. She brought me up as a single parent and I believe she done the most amazing job at it – if I do say so myself, I do think I’m an amazing credit to her, she done the best job I could have asked for. I also admire @bodyposipanda on Instagram, she inspires me to be myself and comfortable in my own skin every single day!
What advice would you give to young women growing up in today’s society?
Be yourself, follow your dreams and never let anybody tell you any different (whether that be man or woman). Take advantage of the education system and learn as much as you can while you can. Learning is a beautiful thing, and can be the key to many doors in life.
Finally, what is your personal motto/mantra?
I have many, but this quote inspired my recent tattoo of a gorgeous sunflower. “Weeds can never outgrow the humble, sturdy sunflower” – we are all sunflowers, and if anybody tells us otherwise, they are no better than a weed. Keep on growing and flourishing, keep on getting stronger with each obstacle that comes your way, and keep on getting brighter – you are a sunflower, a beautiful sunflower and nothing can bring you down.