Why should women still feel guilty – even in this day and age of #metoo and gender equality – about prioritising themselves over others?
To have life goals is a wonderful thing. And if they deviate from the social norms expected of them as women, they should know that it is more than okay. Every person (regardless of gender) should be entitled to think and feel “me ﬁrst ”, and have the freedom (within the limits of their principles) to exercise their choices and rights.
That’s why our feature this month on #meﬁrstmums (page 102) – our nod to Mother’s Day – is vital. The women featured (see some of their pictures above) may or may not be career-driven, but they do know exactly what they need in their lives in order to be fulﬁlled human beings. There should be no guilt about putting themselves at the front of the line.
Let’s face it: Women – mothers or otherwise – have always been judged harshly and unfairly for whatever they do or don’t do. Sometimes, it’s other women who do the judging; most of the time, we’re the ones who judge ourselves. We don’t get to choose our own gender at birth, but we can certainly choose how we live our lives.
Remember: You can put yourself ﬁrst, and all else second. – NYL, EDITOR
"These women aren’t feeling guilty about putting themselves first – and neither should you."