Jugs and feisty women.

Not everyone appreciates it when a woman is feisty.

At university I challenged the ‘boys club’ mentality and it wasn’t appreciated.

As a poor student I rocked up to a particularly blokey bar and drank cheap jugs with 100 men and about 12 women.

Without fail someone would say “nice jugs love” and you bet they weren’t talking about the vessel variety.

While the blokes eventually got used to me and my ‘staunch take no bullshit’ personality, some girls decided that I was crossing the line by venturing into ‘male territory’.

Women are so quick to judge, criticise and cut one another down, we have to stop it.

Channel your jealous or judgmental thoughts into positive ones, use them to help achieve YOUR goals.

If a woman is speaking her mind or using her strengths to achieve greatness stand up and tell her she’s awesome.

Let’s stick up for each other, we’re all fighting our own battles.

Today as part of International Women’s Day I applaud every women I know for their journey.

I’m going to continue fighting for equality, especially so my daughter will be given the same rights as my two sons.


Here’s a swag of fabulous quotes on women taken from here.

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher.

“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” – Marilyn Monroe.

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel.

“One is not born a woman, but becomes one.” – Simone de Beauvoir.

“Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of a man at twice its natural size.” – Virginia Woolf.

“Whatever glory belongs to the race for a development unprecedented in history for the given length of time, a full share belongs to the womanhood of the race.” – Mary Jane McLeod Bethune.

“Whether women are better than men I cannot say – but I can say they are certainly no worse.” – Golda Meir.

“A free race cannot be born of slave mothers.” – Margaret Higgins Sanger.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”- Maya Angelou.

“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” – Hillary Clinton.

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey.

“I really don’t think I need buns of steel. I’d be happy with buns of cinnamon.” – Ellen DeGeneres.

“Women are leaders everywhere you look — from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” – Nancy Pelosi.

“Women are the real architects of society.” – Cher.

“Extremists have shown what frightens them the most: a girl with a book.” – Malala Yousafzai.

Were you one of those girls in uni that everyone considered staunch?

When did you challenge your role in society?


  1. “If a woman is speaking her mind or using her strengths to achieve greatness stand up and tell her she’s awesome.” You are awesome Em! Love this post. Xx

  2. I was one of only a few women in an IT degree at uni, but I never found it was a barrier to success. Now, motherhood and career – that’s a whole other ballgame and one we need to develop a new set of rules around.

  3. I didn’t drink until I left Uni but I was very fit and athletic back then and a lot of the guys at my residential college (from all-boys private schools) found it strange that I was both girly and athletic.

    I went to a state school and grew up amidst my brother and his very athletic friends and trained basketball etc with a men’s team when I was a teenager, so wasn’t dainty when it came to physically holding my own.

    (Though I was a 46kg 178cm anorexic. But that’s a whole other story!) 😉

  4. I love those quotes, Em and you’re right, it’s hight time we women started building each other up instead of knocking each other down! High five to you lady, love your work! *applauds*

  5. I wasn’t “staunch” at uni but I probably am now! Love those quotes and yes definitely agree that women do need to stick up for each other.

  6. Behind every great man is a greater and smarter woman 😉

  7. I’ve always had guys as friends and in some groups I’d prefer them. I am not a girly girl and not a flirt (I know, how judgy of me) but I appear as a confident person in most places and scenarios even though I am short.
    I have a sense of who I am about me, and a presence and am never actually afraid to be on my own. I have women friends too. I was unafraid to travel OS alone because my need to do this was more than my need to be with someone to tag along. Does this make sense?
    I also believe women do not always support each other well and the bitchiness I see online disappoints me greatly because it is unnecessary.
    The other night when QandA was on with the all women panel it occurred to me that I have never needed to label myself as a feminist as I grew up in the 1960s and in my 20s in 1970s had equal opportunity to go to train as a teacher and had same pay & conditions as my spouse in my workplace, teaching.

  8. I know you are going to mark my writing above as low-quality because I did it in a hurry.

  9. It seems such a hard thing for women to support each other. The worst bosses I’ve ever had have been women. There’s always a sense of competition, like there’s only room for a few at the top and every woman is a threat to your position. It’s so insidious. Hopefully one day we’ll all realise there’s lots of room at the top, we just have to stop focusing on each other and start focusing on kicking arse.

  10. So many fine words here, Em. I’ve always, always loved this quote: “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” but had no idea it belonged to Marilyn Monroe. Go girl! The Yousafzai sits with me too. x

  11. Some awesome quotes there, and I love your message.

  12. I don’t know if I was considered staunch, but I sure did drink cheap jugs.

  13. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”- Maya Angelou.” I love this beyond words xx

  14. Yes, I was considered staunch, bossy, even strident… all for speaking my mind and not pandering to silly boys/men. Now my 3 year old daughter is staunch, bossy and very effing strident… irony? Or poetic justice?

    Love the quotes you’ve included, particularly the Marilyn one. I’m all for equity rather than equality – embracing differences and a ‘fair go’ for everyone.

  15. We can race to the top together is what I say. Women working together (rather than climbing a ladder by standing on each other’s heads) is a very powerful thing

  16. Great post Emily!
    I completely agree with you, our sisterhood should be sticking together and supporting one another. While there are some absolutely gorgeous women out there, there are also those bad bitchy rotten apples who I just try to avoid.
    Good for you drinking those jugs of beer and standing your ground!

  17. Did someone say jugs? teehee… One poor guy called me Babe and I turned on him and said, Do I look like a fucking infant? So, I’m not as feisty these days, but I agree with everything you say. Let’s all play nice x

  18. An amazing collection of posts. Margaret Thatcher is a true hero to me. I find her life fascinating. I feel so uplifted reading these.

  19. Love it! In my younger days I went to a very rough, blokey pub because it was walking distance from home. Before long I had my drink at the bar poured as I walked in and knew everyone and took no shit from anyone. Why should we cop it because we’re women? We have just as much right to exist in public spaces as men!

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