Finally my idea has come to life….I wouldn’t be honest to you if I said that I’ve always dreamt of becoming a movie producer, BUT what made me one recently is the fact that I’ve always admired confident and force-of-nature women who are able to inspire and support others into their belief of becoming who they want to be. I’ve always wanted to showcase these women, interview them, let others see their charisma and strength from inside out and thus make them believe in their own capabilities.
Because of all these women (and many others) I’ve started my project Mums in Heels, a series of movies about women who have turned into role models by simply following their dreams and beliefs. The project will be launched tomorrow and I feel very excited and nervous. Without wanting to make any excuses I would like to protect myself from being labeled a feminist who does not wear make up and refuses to epilate in order to please men. Only because I believe in women’s strength, I cannot be called a feminist. As Carla Bruni says “On the contrary, I’m a bourgeois. I love family life, I love doing the same thing every day.”
I would add a few more quotes on feminism that appeal to me, from a list of other high-profile women who may “run the world” but won’t cop to the F-bomb:
“I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality … Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I’m just a woman, and I love being a woman.”
“I don’t ever think about (feminism)… I don’t see that there’s any need to be aware of being a woman in this business. It just seems a waste of time.”
“I’m not a feminist. I hail men, I love men, I celebrate American male culture – beer, bars, and muscle cars.”
“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls: ‘You can have ambition but not too much. You should aim to be successful but not too successful. Otherwise you will threaten the man.’
Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support, but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors, not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.
Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.”
Tsitaliya is a writer and fashion journalist for more than 20 years. She founded Mums in Heels 10 years ago and keeps growing and evolving together with her community or fashionable mums and responsible consumers. Fashion and Wellness are her most favourite topics to write about.