IWD – volume 3

Happy International Women’s Day!!!!

IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It’s also a day to do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women. Here is my final blog post in my IWD series with my #pressforprogress.


As mentioned in my previous post, last year on IWD I made a #beboldforchange pledge to buy from women owned businesses and companies that support women.

This year…


I will press for progress and challenge stereotypes and bias.

Basically I will:

  • question assumptions about women – “she needs a man in her life”… erm no, why?
  • challenge statements that limit women – if I hear “oh she can’t do that, she’s a girl” one more time… grrr!
  • use inclusive language – not just for gender, but disabilities, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

So if you’re going to gender stereotype around me… watch out!

Hope you all have a lovely IWD!

Ciao, Anna x

IWD – volume 2

This post was supposed to be Volume 3 (coming up on Thursday)… but seeing as Lauren Laverne’s focusing her Radio 6 show this week on women in music for International Women’s Day (IWD), I thought I’d get in early before she steals my IWD Playlist thunder.


The Brits, Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTA’s – they’re all full of the #metoo and #timesup campaigns. Not just because of sexual harassment but because of misrepresentation, lack of opportunity and lack of recognition.

Unsurprisingly these figures mirror most industries, which is just shocking considering half of the world’s population is female. Undoubtedly the showbiz industry get’s a lot of media coverage on the feminism topic and whilst sometimes this is frustrating, it has started opening up conversations in ‘normal’ workplaces.

Just like my last post where I declared my support of women owned businesses and companies that support women, in this post I will show my support for women in music, books and TV/film.

IWD Playlist

Found here on Spotify – go on give it a listen! 1 hour 15 minutes of pure #girlpower.

IWD Reading-list

  • Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge – A book about frustration around race as well as feminism. Very intelligently written, one to concentrate over. But I learnt A LOT reading it.
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women – Elena Favilli – I’m not even a child and love this bedtime story book about the lives of women from the past and the present. It’s also beautifully illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world.
  • Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body – Sara Pascoe – A combination of Sara’s autobiography and evolutionary science facts, resulting in a very a funny insight into the way modern women work both mentally and physically. A one I’d recommend men reading more than women, you might just learn something lads!
  • How to Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran – An insecure teenage girl growing up in the 90’s. Very unoriginal I hear you say? Not likely. Caitlin Moran is ridiculously funny and puts a great spin on the trials and tribulations of growing up, being poor, being a woman and finding one’s identity as a person.
  • Everywomen: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking the Truth – Jess Phillips – Just started reading this one on Sunday, but love Jess Phillips (Labour MP) anyways, so already know it’s going to be a winner.


IWD Watch-list

  • She’s Gotta Have It – Netflix – A remake of the 80’s Spike Lee film. Nola Darling, lives in Brooklyn juggling three boyfriends, a job, her art and her friends. The soundtrack is top.
  • Young & Promising – 4od – Or Unge Lovende as it is called in Norway where the third series has just come out. I’m currently waiting patiently for it to arrive on 4od.  It’s kind of a Scandinavian version of Sex and the City, but more real and with beer not Cosmo’s.
  • Ladybird – out now – Written and directed by Greta Gerwig (a woman!) about a troubled teenage girl with a controlling mother. I’ve not yet seen it, but a trip to the pictures is on the cards this weekend. It’s meant to be hilarious.
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Purely for when Hermione punches Draco.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – Not even ashamed, purely for the scene where Mrs Weasley and Bellatrix are duelling.


P.s You can’t get rid of me this week, I’ll be back on Thursday with my #pressforprogress. In the meantime, head over to the International Women’s Day website to make your own pledge!

P.p.s Pledges aren’t just for women!!!

IWD – volume 1

On Thursday 8th March it is International Women’s Day (IWD) and tomorrow is the March 4 Women in London. As I can no longer make the March (cheers Beast from the East…) I’ve decided to pay homage through a series of blog posts.


Last year on IWD I made a #beboldforchange pledge to buy from women owned businesses and companies that support women. And over the year, I did just that. Here are three of my favourites:


Brought to my attention by my good friend Chloe, Everything Sweet Threads is a couple owned business inspired through attending the Women’s March in 2017 and wanting to give their daughter exactly the same opportunities as if she had been a son. They sell stupidly cool t-shirts for adults, children and babies. They are printed in Manchester and 10% from every sale goes to the Pankhurst Trust and Manchester Women’s Aid, I just couldn’t resist getting myself one!

I’m sure by now you’ve all heard about menstrual cups. They’re the new fad, and so they should be for many many reasons. They’re better for the environment, better for your health and much more convenient. Mooncup are one of the more popular menstrual cup companies and also where I purchased mine. They are owned by women, used by women and support many charities such as ‘Mobilise a Midwife’ helping midwives to reach mothers in Uganda, ‘Rowley Project’ supplying Mooncup’s to young women in Kenya and as a business they do annual beach cleans.


Finally, Jyoti Fair Works who are an absolute favourite of mine! I’ve mentioned them on the blog before, they are a German-Indian fair fashion label that employs socially disadvantaged women as seamstresses in Chittapur, South India. Jyoti are a non-profit enterprise, meaning 100% of their profit goes back into their workshop in India providing the women permanent employment, opportunities for training, health checks, and a fair salary.

Do you have a favourite women ran / supporting business? How will you be celebrating International Women’s Day?

I’d love to hear from you!

Ciao, Anna x

P.s coming up over the next few days:

  • VOLUME 2 – IWD playlist, reading-list and watch-list
  • VOLUME 3 – my #pressforprogress

Mams Day: Ethical Gift Guide

MEMO for those of you that may have forgotten; Mother’s Day is just two weeks away.

Here are some ideas on what to get those important women (Mam, Auntie, Gran, Mum, Grandma, Mommy, Mother, Sister, Neighbour, Great Aunt… whoever it is) in your life.

How about a candle from the Recycled Candle Company – Made from 100% recycled wax that’s collected from hotels, restaurants, churches and the public.Screen Shot 2018-02-24 at 15.44.00.png

Or a piece of jewellery from GingerHaze – Handcrafted silver jewellery made in Birmingham by my friend Krissie. She makes beautiful unique pieces from recycled silver and gems she has collected on her travels.il_570xN.1312628702_2g5p

Finally chocolate from Chocolarder – Who source their beans directly from the farmer, making sure the quality is good and that the money they pay is going to those who do the real work.Screen Shot 2018-02-24 at 15.41.50.png


P.s Mam, don’t worry, no spoilers here (or are there?!)… Although you’re that psychic you probably already know what we’ve got you!

Sunday Share

This weekend I haven’t moved very far from the couch, had a very VERY lazy one. So for my blog post this week I thought I’d continue with the laziness and just share with you (from my couch) my thoughts on five things that are on my radar.

  1. Ecosia – My new search engine. A couple of weeks ago I switched from Google to Ecosia. Basically, every time you search, the search ads that pop up generates an income, with that income Ecosia plant trees. In just a couple of weeks my searches have planted 76 trees… and I didn’t even have to get off the couch!Screen Shot 2018-02-11 at 11.45.47
  2. Jamestown – Started Saturday lunchtime, already 7 episodes deep. In a nutshell, English settlers in America around 1600 (little bit Pocahontaseqsue), for years there were just men in the colony, then along come women. The series is about the issues facing these women. Rape, witch accusations and general frustrating and cruel sexism. The main characters are brilliant, strong willed and intelligent. Definitely worth a watch. #girlpower
  3. Valentine’s day – Just around the corner. Please please please don’t buy your other half something they will never use, that will end up in the bin, that they don’t really want. Why not do something together? Or get them something they really need? Or, like me, just ignore the day and focus on the pancakes you will be eating instead?
  4. Plastic – Such a hot topic at the moment. Every where I look; the news, facebook, TV, there are photos and stories around plastic pollution. Big companies are finally starting to put strategies in place to reduce their packaging which is great and well overdue, but photos like this still haunt me. Be conscious of what you’re buying. Is that carrier really necessary?seaturtle
  5. Derry Girls – Absolutely hilarious Channel 4 comedy series set in the 90’s about a group of teenage girls in Northern Ireland. I won’t say any more. Just watch it!

Right, blog post done, time to get back to Jamestown and chilling on the couch.

Have a good one x

Feminism Up

Feminism Up is a monthly online newsletter that aims to encourage discussion around sexism and inequality. It is ran by Kath at Binging on Beetroot and I was recently very honoured to be asked to write an article for it.


The newsletter comes out on the 1st of every month and I’m sure November’s issue will not disappoint. It would be amazing if you could subscribe to the newsletter. To do it, head here.

Short and sweet post today, but with the #metoo movement I felt it was relevant to share and it is something I feel very passionate about.

Ciao xxx

Women in Football

Unfortunately our Lionesses were knocked out last night in the Euro semi-finals by the Netherlands. But regardless of that ‘failure’, they still reached their second semi-final in three years. They should be proud of this. We all should be.

“If the men’s team were doing this well, they’d have changed the name of our currency to Raheem Sterling.”

But our country should also be ashamed. Ashamed of the state football is in today, the inequality and the large sum of unsustainable money in the game.


Over a hundred years ago we invented the glorious game, but in 1921 the FA banned football for women. A couple of weeks back Clare Balding hosted a great programme on Channel 4 – ‘When Football Banned Women’ . If you’re into football and or a feminist, get it watched.

During and after WWI women’s football was very popular but then all of a sudden they were banned from playing the sport for a whole 50 years because fuddy duddy men in the FA did not want women getting paid for playing football. Outrageous!


As much as women’s football is now legal, the game is still far from being equal. Just this week Neymar was sold to PSG for a record breaking £200mil, he’ll be earning £782k a week! Compare this to the highest paid female footballer, Steph Houghton who earns roughly £60k a year… again… outrageous!


In Clare’s documentary she visited a girl’s team, when asked who their heroes and heroines were they replied Stevie G, Jagielka, Joe Hart etc. Not very many heroines, and why would there be? Women’s football gets very little coverage. The past few weeks the Euro’s have been taking place in the Netherlands, I’ve seen very little of the tournament on the back pages of newspapers, I’ve not seen one St George’s flag in a super market, or dangling off people’s car. How can the future stars of England’s women’s team have a heroine role model when the media don’t cover their game?



The FA have set a target for 2020 to double the number of women and girls playing football, they have also been running a girl’s football week (16th July – 6th August) with the aim to raise the sport’s profile. It would be great to see at the next women’s World Cup held in France a bigger hype, helping improve equality and respect in the sport.

Good luck to all working to achieve that, and chin up Lionesses! x