We all know that being a mother is no easy task. It is a full-time job when you may already have a full-time job and understanding this is often times made difficult in a world where social media shows seemingly superhero moms doing it all. Luckily, we gathered a group of successful women who are leading magazines, apps, and blogs to start a real dialogue about being strong, bold businesswomen, while also being strong, bold moms.
The group of successful females gathered on the eve of International Women’s Day at W London – Leicester Square for a What She Said panel discussion around the need for solidarity between women and mothers, women’s health, and the female narrative for moms on social media.
Lead by blogger and entrepreneur Freddie Harrel the conversation included Emma France of the organization mothers2mothers, which helps empower and educate mothers with HIV, Michelle Kennedy, the CEO and co-founder of the Peanut app which connects moms IRL, Stephanie Phair of fashion website Farfetch, and RED Magazine’s Sarah Tomaczak, all in conjunction with female-only creative agency Female Narratives.
We gathered some of the most inspiring quotes from the night to provoke the importance of female connectivity and how to turn talk into progress. Listen up to the whole podcast to hear all about how the WSS panel connected these female professionals and philanthropists to talk business and motherhood, tell their stories, all while making a real change by donating all the proceeds to mothers2mothers!
On Female Connectivity and Technology:
“Technology can be a real force for good. Look how many women it got together for the Women’s March! We just need to harbor it for the right causes.”
– Stephanie Phair, Farfetch
“I think by the time our kids are grown they will look at our generation and say: Isn’t it weird that our parents were on social media all the time? I think it’s changing but it’s up to us to help them navigate that. To say: Get off your bloody phone and go hang out with people in real life! ”
– Sarah Tomaczak, RED Magazine
“There is something very unifying about motherhood. It breaks down barriers between us. Anything that enhances the ability for women to connect is a good thing.”
– Michelle Kennedy, Peanut App
“It takes a village when you are working and you are a mom. It’s about creating outer accountability to your partner, saying “I need to do this” and not feeling guilty. You need to advocate for yourself.”
– Sarah Tomaczak
“In the real world and especially in the working world, it is not ok to pretend that everything is easy and everything is perfectly balanced. You are doing no favors by saying it’s breezy, we need to be authentic. And even more so as working moms.”
– Emma France, mothers2mothers
On Taking the Next Step:
“We’ve had the talk, now we have to do the work.”
– Freddie Harrel, host
“We must not forget: feminism is about equality. It’s not just men, it’s not just women. It’s all of us, together.”
– Emma France