Anna Appios

HOW DID YOU IDENTIFY YOUR PASSION AND THE WORK THAT SATISFIED YOU VERSUS WORK THAT JUST PAID THE BILLS?

Ever since I was little I was very curious and was always asking questions. This still applies because that is essentially what I do working in research! I always had a great support system at home which I think is really important and probably got me where I am today. You should never settle for something that doesn’t make you happy just because that work pays the bills. Life is way too short for that! Yes, paying bills is important, but your happiness is worth way more than that.

FOR YOU PERSONALLY, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FEMINISM AND EMPOWERMENT?

Feminism for me is more political and quite a serious topic which has come a very long way in the last few decades. Empowerment, on the other hand, is more emotional, it’s a feeling. They can go hand in hand sometimes which is awesome. For example, doing something today that in the past would have been deemed not “feminine” makes you feel empowered and respected!

WHO WILL ETERNALLY BE A WOMAN YOU ADMIRE AND RESPECT, AND WHY?

My mother! That woman is my hero and provides me with unwavering love and support every single day. She shaped the woman I am today and more recently I’ve been trying to show her how much I appreciate her. She is strong and independent. She always voices her opinion and she’s been trying to teach me that that’s actually okay.

IN LIGHT OF YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF OUR HASHTAG #WHYITRIBE, WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE WHO WE ALREADY ARE TODAY?

It’s important because we, as a society of men and women, have come very far in very little time in terms of development and time is moving faster as we achieve more things. It’s important sometimes to take a moment to remember the things we achieve and to celebrate them! Otherwise, it might all pass you by.

WHY DO YOU THINK WOMEN SHY AWAY FROM CELEBRATING OR PRAISING THEMSELVES SO MUCH?

I think that most women feel that if they celebrate or praise themselves outwardly to others they will come off as cocky or arrogant and they are too afraid of what other people think of them. This might be because women’s actions and behaviours are more scrutinised than men’s. However, I feel like this is slowly changing due to movements such as The TRIBE where we can praise each other and feel support from all around.

HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THE TENDENCY TO DISCREDIT COMPLIMENTS YOU ARE GIVEN?

I actually love getting compliments! I just think it’s so nice that someone liked something about me and felt the need to voice that to me. So I usually say thanks and find something nice to say back!

HOW DOES SOCIETY REINFORCE THE IDEA WE, AS WOMEN, ARE NOT ENOUGH AND HOW CAN WE TAKE THAT POWER BACK?

Women already have more power than they think. The problem is the men who think that we don’t
know what to do with our power. Society used to expect women to stay in the kitchen, cook for her
man, pump out babies like some sort of machine and single-handedly raise those babies. It is
obviously clear now that that is not our role. We can be the breadwinners and we can be the CEOs
and the world leaders and still be mothers if we want to. In terms of “taking power back”, I think this mostly depends on how we raise young boys and girls. I think is this definitely happening now as we can already see big changes in gender stereotypes and social conformation.

WHY IS THE TRIBE MOVEMENT IMPORTANT?

I feel very strongly about celebrating the successes and achievements of not only myself but other
women’s too. Also, there is a definitely a need for more positive energy in the day and age we live in where most people spend too much time being negative and judging each other. THE TRIBE
movement is all about that in my opinion. Women coming together to celebrate each other and
provide support to each other. If women have a chance to do this through THE TRIBE it can even
resonate loud enough to reach the whole of society so that we all understand that being a woman is
truly an amazing thing.

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