What #ThisLittleGirlIsMe tells us about becoming a successful woman

Swinson was the youngest person to hold the position of leader of the Liberal Democrats when she took the post. She was also the first woman. She posted a picture of herself aged six when she “would like to be a writer and practiced it by laboriously typing my stories on an old typewriter and then asking my father to take my homemade ‘magazine’ photocopy to work.”

Swinson wrote that she wishes, since her own childhood, that more progress had been made for girls “who have their own dreams and ambitions and will encounter barriers of violence, silence, prejudice, and impossible expectations.”

“What shall we tell them? Sometimes I hesitate. Are we doing girls a disservice by enthusiastically encouraging them to try without warning that “there are dragons too”? Will they go out into the world unwarned, feeling that if their workplace isn’t the same, if their relationship isn’t respectful, if their voice isn’t valued, it’s their fault?

“We should definitely encourage our daughters, and we should also be honest.

“So my advice to girls is that our society is not yet the fair, safe and empowering place it should be. You can help change this, so do what is right for you.

“And know that when the world bites back what it wants, it is a sign of your power: you are making a difference.”

Jo Swinson CBE was elected leader of the Liberal Democrats before the last election – the first woman to hold the position – but lost her seat to the SNP. Party rules disqualified her from continuing as leader, a position she only held for 144 days. What #ThisLittleGirlIsMe tells us about becoming a successful woman

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