Hey Cosmology Queens, it’s International Women’s Day and we’re all about celebrating the achievements of fellow magnificent women. Their social, political, educational and creative accomplishments are to be honoured, and recognised significantly in a world that often feels like a ‘man's world’. BUT in the words of Queen B herself, who runs the world….girls.
As women, we navigate so much in our lives, motherhood, relationships, friendships and family, and every single societal pressure that comes with having a pair of ovaries. We carry a wild amount of weight on our shoulders to be exactly what the world says we should be –beautiful but not too sexy, smart but not too opinionated, feminine but not too reliant on men. Oh my goodness, how do we combat this whiplash of expectations? Well, we face it head-on by saying ‘ah no thanks, I’ll be exactly who I want to be and who I was born to be - sorry not sorry’. We will embrace our sexuality, the goodies that god gave us, our independence, our intelligence and never ever apologise for having a voice.
We are seeing so many powerful females leading movements and being a voice for others across the world, shaping the future of what it means to be FEMALE. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, pioneered the Lean In Movement, which highlights the setbacks and inequality that women face in the workplace. Angelina Jolie is a dedicated UN Diplomat and bravely shared the story of her double mastectomy, helping to change the face of breast cancer awareness. Patrisse Cullors is a fierce advocate for black and queer women and is one the most influential women in the #BlackLivesMatter movement as co-founder.
Ok now that we have listed some impressive warrior women in this big bad world, we’re going to turn to our own, the ones making moves in our own circle. They’re businesswomen, mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, best friends and all-around badasses.
Hollie from Graphic Design: “To my friend, my motivation, my boss, my support - with the perfect amount of drive, wisdom & strength! A woman who holds herself with grace, who is compassionate and understanding. To Gab - thank you for being you - you deserve all the success in the world & I hope I get to watch every minute of it! Also my mum, a woman with true strength, resilience and patience - someone that goes above and beyond, always. Without you - we would have nothing.”
Millie from marketing: “The woman in my life that I admire so so much, is my mum. She is a little firecracker who stands up for herself, the ones she loves and for everything she believes in. My mum has stood by me in every aspect of my life and gives me gentle nudges in the right direction. She raised four children on a cattle property and works just as hard as the men in the heat and dust. I do believe that without these women in our lives we cannot thrive, this unconditional love gets us through anything.”
Women’s health is incredibly important, our health is wealth and we need to do all we can to protect it and be vigilant with check-ups.
We’re going to highlight Cervical Cancer specifically, in Australia alone there are approximately 900 cases diagnosed each year, in Queensland it’s 200. Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix – and just to clarify where the Cervix is, it’s the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Most of the cases of this type of cancer are squamous cell carcinoma which accounts for 70% of diagnoses.
Get your regular papsmears girls, this screening is crucial for picking up potentially precancerous and cancerous cells in the cervix and colon. We know that they aren’t the most enjoyable appointments but going every 3 years is essential. To support this cause and help where we can, between the 8th and the 15th of March a portion of all Cosmology Skincare sales will go to the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation.