The Woman in YOU – November 2014. Showrooms – Notting Hill

You don’t have to do everything or be all things to all people. You just need to be happy and fulfilled.

There is no other you. You have a unique contribution to make, so make it.

Our ‘The Woman In You’ event was truly one our most moving and inspirational events. Hosted in the funky showroom, our members got to lounge around in the homely setting, all with a glass of wine in hand.

We then had the honour of welcoming TED Speaker Meaghan Ramsey, Global Head of the Dove Self-Esteem Project, to the stage. Meaghan shared her wisdom, research and personal stories of how women viewed themselves, beauty and success.

To top off the evening Marianni Zappi, Woman’s Trust Ambassador, sang for our audience. With the voice of an angel and a story of survival, there was not a dry eye in the house.

Reminded of how important it is to support other women, be a positive role model and that no one is perfect; it was a powerful and emotional night for all.

Meaghan is the global director of the Dove Self-Esteem Project.
Meaghan oversees the development and delivery of evidence-based education programs to girls and young women around the world – now in more than 70 countries – to help build and protect their body confidence and self-esteem. She’s also responsible for the social change programs to help shape the communities and environments of girls and women, and the design of mass-media campaigns to drive awareness of the issue of low confidence within girls and what we can do about addressing this issue.

“Dove’s global research has shown only 4% – would consider themselves beautiful; and also, when it comes to the way we look, we women are our own worst critics

• 60% of women feel ashamed when they look in the mirror
• 93% of women have negative thoughts about their appearance every week
• 1 in 3 have these thoughts several times a day
• 30% of British women would trade at least one year of their life to achieve their ideal body weight and shape

When I share these stats with women, I mostly get nods of agreement. Funnily enough, when we talk to men about this and share that only 96% of women do not consider themselves beautiful, their jaws hit the ground and they cannot believe it.”

Meagham Ramsey