Friday, March 8, 2019

#IWD Special | Why I Write for Women


I have been labouring over this for a while now, wondering how to shape this post so it packs a real punch. I don't believe this to be my eloquent piece yet, but it's from the heart. Having typed my last full stop, I have returned to the start to add this small preamble. I hope as you sit with a cup of tea in hand reading this, or perhaps at your desk trying to conceal this page from your manager, you realise how incredibly amazing you are, you gorgeous, multitasking, heel wearing, or trainer sporting, child rearing, board sitting, uniform wearing, insecurity hiding creation of wonder! Happy International Women's Day!


If you're an avid reader of madelinewilsonojo.com, you'll know that I write content for the ladies. I am proud to lead a platform which not only promotes the writing of women but also encourages female writers to excel in their craft, through motivational posts, blogging and communications tips. 

I have been very candid about how I got into copywriting and blogging, but what really cemented my reason for doing this for women (men are invited too) was a comment I once received under one of my posts. It read, 'one could call you the blogger's blogger'. 





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Despite my wavering consistency,  I intuitively know that what I do serves a purpose. There are many women in their respective industries not getting their props, who will continue to draw knowledge and strength from this blog. So far, this platform has:

  • shared 26 blogging and communication posts
  • reviewed 23 books by women
  • interviewed 7 women writers and creatives
  • told 11 stories from my personal experiences 
And that is amongst all the other general motivational posts, and the paid work I have carried out for women-led businesses. 

There are also many women around the world just like you, who by simply existing and writing continue to educate, entertain and inspire others.




10 Facts About Women in Writing
These fun facts should encourage or frustrate you to keep writing!
  • Toni Morrison didn't start writing until her mid-30s
  • Women make up only a third of authors and the critics who review them
  • Journalism is still a traditionally male-dominated field
  • Women writers dominated 2017's bestsellers lists
  • It took Zadie Smith two years to write the first 20 pages of 'On Beauty' 
  • Chimmamanda Ngozi Adichie was preparing to be a doctor, but realised she didn't want it enough, and turned to writing instead
  • The blogging scene is predominanatly female
  • 38% of bloggers do it professionally versus 62% who do it for personal reasons 
  • The first known woman writer is the Akkadian/Sumerian poet Enheduanna (2285 BCE-2250 BCE)
  • Even in children's literature, women do not dominate!
So as you see, the world needs more women writers - writers like you to keep sharing stories, to keep collaborating, to keep reading and reviewing. In short, the world needs you!


Happy International Women's Day!

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Sources: The Guardian, pudding.cool, bookstellyouwhy.com, mentalfloss.com, bbc.com The Washington Post, vuelio.com, csmonitor.com 
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  1. This is absolutely beautiful Madeline, well done!
    Happy women's day to you too. ��

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    1. Hi Jessica. Thank you so much for reading. And to you too!

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  2. This is such an inspiring post. Toni Morrison is an amazing writer. I had no idea that she didn't start writing until her mid thirties. Perhaps it is not too late for me either. Honestly, I think that it's never too late to start working on something.

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    1. Thank you Ivana. Toni Morrison is awesome. I would just love to read more from her. It is never to late Ivana. Please start of it's in your heart to!

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  3. Great post Madeline! You never disappoint with your pieces. I will leave the writing to intelligent ladies with big english like you. People don't want my class one brofo. Ha!!

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    1. Thank you Missy May. I'm glad you think that! Ah ah sis! Which brofo? Please, I enjoy reading your posts just as much.

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  5. Thank you so much for this post!

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