Don't get me wrong: Often it's okay to play the Child Card. But don't abuse it. Don't think that because life is so difficult for you as a parent, non-parents are obliged to make your life easier. I'll let you decide the date and place we meet. I won't comment on you turning up an hour late. But it's because I'm being nice, not because I owe it to you.
It's fair to say that as a lawyer, I probably live and work in a bubble surrounded by likeminded people. I know I'm lucky and that my environment is not typical. On Wednesday I was speaking to a 17 year-old called Sarah, who is the daughter of a good friend and I was sharing my enthusiasm for the upcoming Women of the World (WOW) Conference in London and how important this is to us all.
I write to you reflecting on International Women's Day to say that 50:50 Parliament is here to support and elevate you and any phenomenal women you know to become MPs. Come and start your own political journey, and you never know, in a few year's time we could be on the green benches working together to ensure that our country is a place of true opportunity, collaboration and diversity.
As well as periods, childbirth and just general inequality all over the world - women really don't have it that easy. If that's not enough, we have to put up with rubbish (and even useless) features on women's wear. It's like the person in charge of all women's wear said "Let's make the clothes as impractical and low quality as possible compared to men's clothes... just for a laugh!"
Deep down , many women fear they are not worth more. That, in truth, they're a fraud. They'll be found out. They don't really know what they're talking about. They are not...they won't...and they do. Every one of us has a unique bundle of experience to bring to our roles, and we need to learn its value.
Nina Simone said, 'how can you be an artist and not reflect the times?' To me, that implies one has to be engaging with their place in the world and be able to identify what is truly distinct about it in order to make their work resonate at a unique frequency that ripples out far enough to touch others. For my artistic journey, the light bulb switched on when I reconnected with my womanhood at the age of 35, one that I felt I had lost at only eight years old.
Women are intelligent, emotionally insightful, intuitive beings and we can harness these attributes to work in our favour. We need to say what we mean with the assertiveness women everywhere deserve. Presenting our thoughts in any other way is an injustice to our struggle for true equality and the ongoing fight to be heard in the same way, and on the same platforms, as men.
On March 8 2017, a demonstration of women textile workers began in Petrograd, Russia, marking the beginning of the Russian Revolution. Striking out against the oppressive Tsarist regime, workers had understandably had enough of inequality and poor conditions; and demonstrated that it could go on no longer. 100 years later, I wonder why equality for all genders still doesn't feel within reach.