How many times in your life have you, as a woman, stood up for something that was considered ‘wrong’? Or, taken control of a situation where you thought you could make a difference or change the outcome? There are some things in life that we simply need to put up with, but when it comes to the things you can control, would you choose to do so?
This Wednesday 8th March, we celebrate International Women’s Day, a day that encourages women to stand up, speak up and be heard about the various issues affecting women across the globe to create a more inclusive, gender equal world. This year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange, but if we were to speak about every influential female who lived by this motto & demonstrate it through their achievements, the list would be endless. Instead, we decided to speak about just two:
“Already a Commonwealth champion and expected to be one of the leading contenders in Atlanta, Lewis knew she needed investment to take her preparation up a notch if she was to realise her dream of making the Olympic podium.” Says Ben Bloom in his article from The Telegraph after an interview with Denise. “Sticking her entrepreneurial hat on, Lewis concocted a scheme for seven local businesses to donate a combined total of £7,000 to help her train for seven heptathlon disciplines.” All the hard work paid off as she left with a well-earned bronze medal at her first Olympics. Denise Lewis OBE is now a highly influential presenter, broadcaster and a national heroin.
Now, I know a lot of people probably roll their eyes whenever they hear the names ‘Jenner’ or ‘Kardashian’. But as a mother and manager of 6 highly successful children – as well as building her own success, we’ve got to give her the credit she deserves. Being a mother is a job in-itself. How she managed to build a multi-million-dollar empire whilst balancing family life and facing endless criticism from the world, is admirable to say the least. None of which would be possible if she put up with the judgement and allowed the negative stereotypes of society to get in the way. Instead, she chooses to persevere through it with a ‘haters are gonna hate’ attitude.
What then do these women have in common, besides their ‘girl boss’ approaches to life? Well, they both speak proudly and openly about the fact that they suffer from Urinary incontinence issues.
International Women’s Day celebrates women just like Denise and Kris, who used their inner strength to build the freedom and confidence that led to them becoming masters of their trades. Luckily for these two, their position provides them with a platform that allows their story to be heard. We know there are plenty of women worldwide who are nailing it at life, but there seems to be just as many who are silently suffering with similar incontinence issues. 1 in 3 women in the UK are affected by bladder weakness, yet it’s still considered a taboo topic. 68% of women have never consulted their GP and 6 in 10 women say that they ‘just put up with it’.
This International Women’s Day, we want you to empower and challenge yourself to speak up and encourage people who are suffering with this condition, and others, to make a positive change in their lives.
So speak up! And #BeBoldForChange. Visit our website, www.myinnovo.com, to learn about the shocking facts you didn’t know about urinary incontinence and post one to any of your social media pages with the International Women’s Day official hashtag, #BeBoldForChange. Don’t forget to ‘@’ us too (@restorethefloor) so that we can see all the brave women speaking up for positive change.
To read more about Denise’s experience with bladder weakness, click here: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/denise-lewis/incontinence-pelvic-floor_b_12154410.html. Also, see how INNOVO has impacted many other women just like you: https://www.restorethefloor.com/about-us/innovo-product-reviews.
“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” - Oprah Winfrey
(Image Credits: Top image of Denise Lewis from Allsport via dailymail.co.uk; Kris Jenner pic via standard.co.uk)