Book Events, Booksish Discussions

Teensgate Blogger Event – My Female Role Models

Recently I attended a blogger event at Waterstones Deansgate. And although my anxiety was in overdrive and I ended up barely being able to talk to the others (even though I really wanted to) I am glad I went. I think next time I won’t be as nervous and actually be able to talk to people.

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So this events theme was Feminism and sponsored by DK Books. They gave us all a tote bag filled with such great stuff. They gave us a selection of books and I picked up two of them!

They also asked us to share who our feminist icons are. So that’s what the rest of this post will be about!

There are so many that I look up to and who inspire me to be the best version of myself. So I’m going to share some of them with you here.

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The first is Fatima Al-Fihri. She was an Arab Muslim born in 800AD and she founded the first and oldest university in Fez, Morocco. The university is still running today and the library is one of the oldest in the world! I loved learning about her and how she used the money her father left her to establish the university so that others could receive the education that she had been able to receive. Because of her dedication to ensuring education was available to many she built an institute that became a centre of knowledge and people came from all over the world to study there.

Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid was the wife of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and she lived in a society that didn’t value women. Yet she was a successful business woman, running her business on her own and employing people to travel to sell on her behalf. This was unprecedented in her time yet because of how she dealt with those in her business she was well respected by both men and women alike. She eventually employed the Prophet (who wasn’t a prophet at the time) and she proposed to him. Even after they were married, she was the main breadwinner of the family and he continued to work for her. I love her!

Nusaybah Bint Ka’ab also lived at the time of the Prophet and she was a badass! She was a warrior and would be someone who would be known today as an activist and women’s rights campaigner. She continually spoke up about women’s rights and ensured that women were treated with justice and equality. I adore her so much!

There are so many more that I want to speak about from Yasmin Moagahed, Alima Ashfaq, Linda Sarsour and Dalia Mogahed. Women who I see today speaking out about injustices and who won’t be silenced. But I wanted to mention those three in more detail as I doubt that many people know about them. And they deserve to be mentioned because they were powerful, strong women who created change in their community and society around them.

Let me know who your female role models are! I love learning about all the amazing women in the world!

Booksish Discussions

An Afternoon With Jenni Murray – Manchester Literary Festival

On Monday I went to my very first Manchester literary festival event. It was a really fun and interesting event and I’m really glad I got to go!

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Jenni discussed her latest book, A History of the World in 21 Women. I haven’t had the chance to read this one yet but after listening to her talk I’m really looking forward to reading it.

I had initially wanted to go to her event as I had read A History of Britain in 21 Women and I really loved it! The women she chose were really interesting and some that I hadn’t heard about or knew much about and others were some of my favourite women. I wish we had been taught more about the amazing women when I was in school.

During her talk she spoke about some of the women she wrote about in her book going back to ancient Egypt to women still alive today. She spoke about how they each had to deal with circumstances that made it difficult for them to succeed but persevered and made an impact in history.

From the pharaoh Hatshepsut who had to pretend to be a man to be able to be a ruler to Dowager Empress Cixi who had to be ruthless in her rule. Women who stood up for justice and despite the odds being against them were resilient and brave. They range from rulers to scientists to artists to politicians.

It was a fun and engaging event and even my husband, who only comes because I drag him along, really enjoyed the event.

After the event we were also able to meet Jenni and get our books signed and she was really lovely to chat to. I am really looking forward to reading her new book and I definitely recommend reading A history of Britain in 21 Women.