What does the “Smart” within Smart Women Week mean to you?
Last week was Red magazine’s Smart Women Week and there were numerous blogs and reports about amazing women who were changing their worlds and the world in general. The week finished with the incredible news that Malala Yousafzai, the ultimate Smart Woman, had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala was shot by the Taliban and has established the Malala Fund with the main aim of improving life for girls around the world via education. The founder of DeliciouslyElla; Ella Woodward’s story also struck a real chord. Following a debilitating illness Ella is on a mission to show easy and delicious healthy food is and uses her blogs and website to educate people into changing how we eat and look after our health. Those are just two of the amazing stories I read and it is clear to me that women from all backgrounds and all ages are rocking it.
These stories show that women who are given an education, the support and opportunity excel not just as individuals, but they also enhance their families and their communities. It is the basic notion that if you support a woman, she in turn will support her family and her community.
Women have demonstrated that they can transform their industries and create new ones, while also changing their working lives. However it is the final element that makes the true definition of Smart. Once these amazing women have transformed or created new industries (in many cases against the odds), they have then moved on to develop ways to support and improve the lives of their families and communities. This, for me, is the true definition of Smart.
As an entrepreneur I always say that start-ups need proof of concept. Once you have that, you need buy-in, growth and sustainability. Once you are sustainable, you need to start thinking about the next generation. The women formally recognised last week have taken this concept and moved it to the next level and have incorporated it into every aspect of their lives.
Smart Women’s Week has highlighted that “smart women” can achieve anything they put their minds to, they just need education, support and the opportunity. They also show that to be truly smart it is about the impact you have on your family and your community.
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