Blog initiative for International Women’s Day
Calling all women bloggers (and men) who would like a boost for their blog on International Women's Day.
Pick up the pen to blog on International Women's Day
Here at Attract Readers we want to celebrate International Women's Day with a pen not a sword. Even though blogs are probably not written with a pen any longer the point remains. There are many many women living in situations where they do not have a voice.
There are many countries where women are not allowed to speak up for themselves, but the #metoo movement highlighted that this happens in the developed world, too. We want to honour those women who cannot voice their opinion and make it public.
Today this applies to many women who do not have access to education, to their own opinion, nor the technology which would let them blog.
In the past this applied to well known female authors who felt they had to write using a man's name. George Eliot, best known for the novel Middlemarch, for example was not a man but a woman. When she was writing there were women publishing fiction but their work was more sensational and lighter. It was thought that noone would take her work seriously unless she used a pen-name which was male.
"Jane Eyre" is a highly regarded novel written by Charlotte Bronte. It was first published with the name Currer Bell as the author. Charlotte's sisters also published under male - or gender neutral -pen names. Emily published "Wuthering Heights" as Ellis Bell, and their sister Anne as Acton Bell.
Encouraging others to blog and get their voice heard
Because we are fortunate to be able to blog, we want to encourage others to do the same. It costs nothing to join us but if you wish you can make a donation to Womankind, a charity we support.
It can sometimes be difficult to find subjects to blog about. International Women's Day can give you a relevant angle to focus on something that might not be within your usual range of subjects. We are encouraging you to write a single blog post, and join our supportive community. You will get some inspiration and writing prompts.
Lots of women have joined already. More about how it works and how to sign up can be found here. What are you waiting for?
See you there!