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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Celebrating International Women's Day with Pink Parcel

As today is International Women's Day, we celebrate and appreciate how far, we as woman, have come. It's important for us to reflect on the empowerment we have gained over the past years and how we are continuing to develop our gender equality worldwide. There's so many major events that have happened where women have fought for equal rights. For example, back in 1920 when women were granted the right to vote, and in 1913 when Emily Davison ran out in front of the King's horse during a race after fighting for the Women's Social and Political Union. There's so many reasons why we as women should feel proud of who we are and what we can achieve throughout our lives.

Probably now more than ever, feminism has become a huge thing in todays society where we fight for women's rights. I'm a huge believer of feminism and as a woman, I'm prepared to face most challenges that come my way. Feminism gives women the chance of being powerful in their own rights, not just thinking that men always taking the leading role and doing the stereotypical jobs that they once did. It's about women fighting for what they believe in and what they want to achieve in life. 

What have you as a women done to make you feel proud? Or what have you overcome in the face of adversity? I rarely speak about things like this but let's face it girls, we all have the menstural cycle. Every girl has had/or will have their period at some point. Certain times of the month can make us feel down about things and give us cravings to eat a big bar of chocolate.

I know when I hit that time of the month, I can be snappy or an emotional wreck. Occasionally I struggle with period pains, migraines or generally feeling run down. This is because you're body is loosing precious nutrients that keeps our bodies on an even keel.

History has shown throughout the years that many improvements have been made to make  this time of the month more comfortable for us women (no more washing of sanitary wear, thank goodness!).

I was just 10 years old when I started my menstural cycle (young I know!). I hated it and the day it started I burst into tears watching my mum telling me what I needed to do. It was awful and I look at 10 year olds now and can't believe girls that young are starting that huge chapter of their lives. I was the only one in my class which made everything worse. No-one was going through the same thing as me and I didn't dare tell a soul that I'd started.

To celebrate finishing primary school, we as a class were taken to an overnight adventure place. It gave us the chance for our class to all get together before setting off to our senior schools. The night we arrived and departed from our parents was the night I started my menstural cycle again. My mum had packed me a few sanitary towels in the front of my suitcase and gave the padlock key to my teacher incase I lost it. I was so scared to ask the teacher for this key as I was so embarrassed about the whole situation.

The next day, we were booked in for an abseiling lesson. I woke up with the worst cramps and disheartened with the whole trip thinking why me and why now. As the morning passed by, we prepared for the abseiling and I wasn't going to let this get in the way and miss out. I saw all of my friends having fun and I wanted to be apart of it. Before I knew it, I was abseiling down the side of a building and it was the best experience ever and I'm glad I didn't let my period get in the way of it.

Looking back on that now, I'm so proud as a young girl/woman that I didn't let anything like that stop me. It was such a brave thing to do at the age of 10 and I'll never forget it. I wish Pink Parcel was around when I was 10 years old, then I may have enjoyed having my periods haha. I'm sure that you as women have big things that have affected you at stages of your life that you have overcome. You should all be very proud of yourselves. 

This blog post is in collaboration with Pink Parcel, a luxury period subscription box. By signing up to their subscription, you will receive a box once a month full of necessities, snacks, beauty products and treats. Sign up now using the code 'PP20' and you'll receive 20% off your first order. 

Love Robyn xxx

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