Womens Empowerment

'Frozen' the Movie - THAT Dress Change... I Can't 'Let It Go'

A. Dassu | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
A. Dassu

In this day and age where covering up and modesty are looked upon as something inappropriate, the people that do choose to wear clothes that cover their bodies fully are looked on as being different, strange even. What if we stopped stereotyping?

Lean in, Rwanda Style

Pauline Ngari | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK
Pauline Ngari

I first met Marie Consolee last year during a moving visit to Rwanda. She had lost her husband, child and livelihood during the genocide but was rebuilding her life as a local farmer and respected member of her community.

Reasons to Celebrate International Women's Day in the UK

Joana Alfaiate | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joana Alfaiate

The celebration of women should be done every day, but in the upcoming International Women's Day I will celebrate the fact that I am a woman living in the UK.

How The #LikeAGirl Campaign Reclaimed It As A Powerful Phrase

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you were told that you do something 'like a girl', would you feel ashamed or would you feel proud? For too long the phrase 'like a girl' has bee...

Taking Risks

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Team SCA has now been racing since the beginning of October last year, and we are now approximately half way through the fourth leg from Sanya, China, to Auckland, the "city of sails" in New Zealand. It's day 15 and we still have one more gruelling week to go.

Why Have Confidence and Strength Become Dirty Words for Women?

Genelle Aldred | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Genelle Aldred

Being confident, strong AND ambitious has become something many women don't want to be seen as. We have all seen how a bright star has be brought tumbling down to earth. How people say, "there's just something about her I don't like, can't put my finger on it."

Our Resident Mum

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

A 24 hour cycle as part of Team SCA is quite unlike anything I have experienced before. Our 24 hours aren't split clearly into day and night like everybody else's - we instead live as part of a constant process, a finely tuned sailing system, which moves in four-hour sprints.

The Simple Things in Life

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

It makes you think about how easy it is to let the tap running without really thinking about what a luxury it is. The unlimited access of clean fresh water is probably one of the things I miss most out here. And with that said it´s time to pull myself together and make that evening tea!

#AskHerMore: 11 Empowering Messages From Actresses

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

As Oscars night approached, Reese Witherspoon's #AskHerMore plea on Instagram couldn't have been more poignant. And it seems like hers - and so man...

Why I'm a Radical Feminist

Hanna Naima McCloskey | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hanna Naima McCloskey

So, when chatting with the denouncers, I naturally ask them who these 'radical feminists' are that they feel are dominating the conversation. To date, no one has been able to identify or name a single person or organisation who they believe is controlling the air waves spouting 'radical feminist stuff'.

A Cup of Tea and a Text Message

Julie Elizabeth | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Elizabeth

Walking into a heavy silent house lit by golden waving glass shadows, one full cup of tea sat on the kitchen counter. It was the cup of tea he never finished when we rushed into hospital two days before. Stale, cold and miserable it had spent 48 hours unaware of its fate.

The More You Give, The More You Get

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

This north-south leg from Sanya to the 'city of Sails' in Auckland has so far delivered everything you could hope for, and expect, from the toughest ocean race in the world. Life on board has been pretty much full-on since the start and I'm amazed at how the whole crew accept, handle and deal with every situation that is thrown at them. ..

Fifty Shades of Realism

Clare Allington | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Allington

Let's not shy away from the fact that the protagonist is actually a sadistic abuser and bully which is apparent to anyone with an ounce of common sense; and is sold as opening a doorway to a lifestyle that is shrouded in mystery for many.

Passing the Baton

Corinna Halloran | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

After three exciting legs in the Volo Ocean Race as part of Team SCA, I will be taking a back-seat on the next leg, passing the baton to my colleague Anna-Lena.

My First Leg

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

There was no better day for me to start the Volvo Ocean Race. After three legs of watching my team mates race from the shore, I've been itching for my turn to join them on the Volvo 65 - though after going through everything with Corinna (my fellow Onboard Reporter), it was sad to wave goodbye as we left Sanya...

A Letter

Julie Elizabeth | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Elizabeth

From the moment I was handed your death certificate, I have had to reluctantly crawl and claw my way back to what non spouse bereaved members of society would call 'normal' whilst crippled by nerves and anxiety, my physical and mental health continually hanging by a thread during a drunken haze of euphoric reflection.

Welcome to Sanya, China!

Corinna Halloran | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

Sailing to the Eastern world has been a bit surreal. When you're out there, offshore, you're in a bubble--you know you're moving and racing to some place new, but it's not like traveling on an aeroplane. Travel by air takes hours, not weeks, so when you arrive in a new place it's generally not as over whelming.

Amal Clooney Shuts Down Journalist's Sexist Question

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Amal Clooney has shut down a sexist journalist in the best way ever after being asked about her outfit choice. The human rights lawyer and activist...

Pretty Girls Aren't Smart, Athletes Aren't Girly And Other Depressing Stereotypes

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A whopping three quarters of women worldwide are likely to be affected by labels and stereotypes, according to a new study. So much for women's lib...

The Malacca Straits

Corinna Halloran | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

The Malacca Straits are famous as one of the largest areas for shipping in the world--80% of the world's oil travels through the Straits.

Launching a Women's Network

Dr. Donna Connor | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Tech
Dr. Donna Connor

I'm really hopeful that as we, and others, continue to build these networks we can create coaches and mentors that will bring through the next generation of budding young scientists and engineers

Morning Coffee

Corinna Halloran | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

Despite a less than comfortable life down below, we're all pretty excited for the next couple of days. Around 2100 tonight we're due to reach the top of Sumatra (finally!) and begin our journey through the Malacca Straits. The Malacca Straits are like a busy marine highway and we have a narrow path to scoot through, which also includes fishing boats and shallow waters.

Seven Positivity Hacks For a Genuinely Happy 2015

Annie Ashdown | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

It's such a waste of time and energy to focus on what is going wrong and what you don't have. Remember: if you pay attention to something, it grows. You need to send your attention to where you want it to go and starve your negative thoughts until they die.

The Life of Pi

Corinna Halloran | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

As we sail together across the largest Bay in the world, it is very apparent that no sea is too big to cross and no mountain is too tall to climb--our sense of adventure and our communal love for racing are at the heart of our story.

What Women Can Learn From Going 'Wild'

Bridget Harrison | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Bridget Harrison

What is it like to wake up alone on the other side of the world, with only your sense of self for company? What kind of confidence do you gain from meeting strangers, perhaps those who don't even speak your language, but still finding a common ground and a joke to share?