At Ruyton, we support transforming momentum into action

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At Ruyton we support transforming momentum into action

‘I call myself a feminist when people ask me if I am, and of course I am because it’s about equality, so I hope everyone is. You know you’re working in a patriarchal society when the word feminist has a weird connotation.’ 

Ellen Page, actor.

Inspired by the popular photo project of the same title that went viral in 2015, Strong Is the New Pretty by Kate T Parker is a photo-driven book comprised of memorable photos (with minimal text) of fierce and joyful girls. It is a celebration of what it means to be strong; the strength and spirit of girls being 100 per cent themselves. It serves as a strong reminder that real beauty is about being your authentic self and owning it, whether that be athletic, bookish, brainy, brave, loyal, or courageous. The photographs champion the message that girls are perfect in their imperfection; beautiful in their chaotic, authentic lives; and empowered by their strength instead of their looks. They are messy. They are loud. They are thoughtful. Wild. Full of life. Adventurous. Artsy. Silly. Funny. Strong. Stubborn. Proud. Independent. Resilient. Bold.

So simple and yet so powerful, Strong Is the New Pretty celebrates spirit in words and smiles, an affirmation of the fact that it’s what’s inside you that counts. Strong Is the New Pretty conveys an important message for every girl, every mother and father of a girl, every coach and mentor and teacher, for everyone in the village it takes to raise a strong and self-confident person.

‘I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.’ 

Amy Schumer, actor, comedian.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is more than 200 years away, there has never been a more important time to continue the focus on equality.

This year, International Women’s Day came on the back of unprecedented global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements and issues ranging from sexual harassment and femicide, to equal pay and women’s political representation. There is currently a strong global momentum striving for gender parity. Our inspiration often comes from hearing the bold stories of others, because seeing is believing. When we see what others are truly capable of we start to contemplate our own boundaries, fears and dreams, and begin to take risks.

At Ruyton we actively support transforming momentum into action; empowering women in all settings, rural and urban, and celebrating the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realise their full potential. To raise our girls to believe in themselves and to believe in and support each other; that is our aim.

The #TimeisNow.

‘When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through the door of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back.’

Michelle Obama, former First Lady.

Ms Linda Douglas


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