Last week, I saw this tweet from our ambassador Stacey Copeland. Stacey is a professional boxer and is also passionate about #PaveTheWay, which helps to shift the view and opinion on women participating in sport.
This week, across the country, we celebrate Emmeline Pankhurst and the 100th anniversary of women’s first right to vote in Britain. Pankhurst and fellow Suffragettes were committed to securing a voice for women; that they could and should participate in the political dialogues shaping our country.
Much like Emmeline, Stacey Copeland challenges the status quo through action and dispels the perceived limitations based on gender (oh, and did I mention both are Northerners!). These are the role models I point to when I hear a girl say she can’t.
At Mini Mermaid UK, we use a character-based curriculum that acknowledges the positive and negative voices that girls encounter on a daily basis. We work to strengthen the voice that builds confidence, which is the most important voice telling a girl that she can, and quieten the negative voice that erodes self-esteem.
Emmeline Pankhurst and the Suffragettes achieved a ground-breaking beginning for equality for women in Britain. Most importantly, they laid the foundation for the ongoing quest for equality for women. Women like Stacey Copeland continue that fight today. Amongst our young Mini Mermaids are the leaders who will carry this into tomorrow.
The thread between these women – past, present and future – is the belief that they can.
To all of them, high fins!