Bitch, slag, whore, slut, cow - all names synonymous with the female of the species. Men call us that and even worse, we call ourselves that, and by ourselves I mean our fellow sisters.
These are the girls who need to be convinced of their ability, and shown the opportunities that are there for the taking. To reach them all, we need to turn International Women's Day into a year-round campaign that champions women's leadership, and shows girls that they can achieve any career if they want it enough.
In a world where volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are now the norm, are women missing a trick? Instead of playing catch-up in existing corporate structures, why not create newer, more sustainable ones?
Having 'it all' or even defining what that means can be difficult. For women, success is often painted in a different light than for men. Success for a woman is more than having a successful career, its about relationships with others, family, friends, community, creative fulfillment.
It seems appropriate on Mother's Day to be writing about a week when women dominated the headlines. True, it wasn't always for the right reasons (Vicky Pryce doesn't need her many years as an economist to understand the true price of revenge after her time in court this week), but Friday's International Women's Day shone the spotlight on much good that is being done, the world over, in the name of women's rights.
Mama Hope only have a small fan base on social media, Twitter (1,556 followers) and Facebook (3,969 likes). It will be hard to seed this film via their social media channels alone. So what made the last video so successful?
This Mother's Day and International Women's Day, it's time to celebrate real mums and women's individuality. Whether you're like me, one minute wearing two odd socks at a kid's birthday party - the next minute reporting from VIP at the BRITs, let's hear it for each woman who is balancing it all.
In many countries, like Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia, IWD is an official holiday, and is a tradition where some men honour their mothers, wives, girlfriends and colleagues with flowers and small gifts. This makes it sound like Valentine's Day, but for women only.
Women in Wales have little to celebrate at the moment, particularly those on lower incomes. Over the years, women have won better maternity rights and there is recognition that a family needs support at the birth of a child. It is a time of great joy, but also places considerable strain on the family finances.
It's that time of year again - International Women's Day. The time when people around the world take a step back to consider the position of women today, how far we've come and how far we've still got to go.
It wasn't until 1977 that the Western World officially observed the day and made 8 March the day to recognise, amongst other things, women's rights. And so it has grown in significance ever since.
As the world marks International Women's Day today Oxfam India will be launching a new campaign to tackle inequality, particularly for women and girls. Oxfam believes it is an outrage that in the 21st century, women don't feel safe when they walk home at night and that women's representation in places of power is so insignificant.
If you are a young girl wearing a hoody you are a thug. If you are a young woman wearing a skirt in an office, you are weak. If you are a woman on a night out wearing a short dress, you are 'asking for it.' If you are considered attractive you are stupid and less capable than your male counterpart. Who decided this? Why is this socially acceptable?
As a woman in Nigeria, the struggle begins from birth. In many communities, the birth of a girl does not call for a grand celebration and the girl child is still not accorded the same educational opportunity as her male counterparts. This puts her at a disadvantage from a very young age.
You might be thinking to yourself, what in the world is International Women's Day? The purpose of these events is to inspire and celebrate women, and I feel, particularly to inspire young women. Showing them that they can achieve whatever they want.
I happen to know two wonderful women who have been at the forefront of peace building for decades and who show how much inspiration and result this can bring: Mary Robinson and Angelique Kidjo