Emma Maslin inspires girls of our future this International Women’s Day

‘The Woman I’m Becoming’ is a celebration of World Book Day and IWD with proceeds providing scholarships to young women nationwide

This International Women’s Day, Emma Maslin, a money blogger from Milton Keynes is excited to combine forces with other successful women from across the world. To inspire the females of our future as she shares her story to make an impact on this year’s IWD campaign, #BalanceForBetter.

Calling for her local community to support her, Emma hopes that with local support this book will become a best-seller on International Women’s Day (8th March). As the royalties from the book will provide scholarships through ‘Your Future Self’ – an academy set up to help young people transition into adulthood. The money from book sales will help fund scholarship places for young adults to attend self-development retreats, as part of Emma‘s commitment to empowering the next generation of women. 

This collaboration book is launching on International Women’s Day (8th March) for just 99p and all the authors hope as many people as possible will download it within the first few hours, to enable them to reach as wide an audience as possible and raise maximum funds.

Personal finance is key

Emma’s chapter offers advice on her specialist subject – personal finance. She believes that living a life where money isn’t something you worry about has nothing to do with being good at numbers or even how much you earn, but everything to do with having the knowledge to make positive, informed choices when it comes to your money. Through her words, Emma hopes to inspire young woman to make good choices as they enter adulthood so that money isn’t something that ever causes them to worry.  She discusses everything from the power of getting in to the savings habit through to student loans and budgets.

Being a teenage girl today is hard and a little support can go a long way, especially when faced with statistics such as these…

Alarming facts:

·         1 in 4 girls will self-harm before they leave school. There has been a 70% increase in 10-14 tear olds attending A&E for self-harm. (www.nice.org.uk and www.hacic.gov.uk)

·         Girls as young as 5 are worrying about their weight. By the age of 10, 80% of girls will be on a diet to change their body shape. (APPG Report 2012 and Common Sense Media 21/1/15)

·         47% of girls feel the pressure to look attractive is a disadvantage to being a girl – this figure rises to 76% for 15/16 year olds. (APPG Report 2012)

·         Teenage girls are now more likely to suffer partner abuse than any other age group. 12.7% of girls aged 16-19 have experienced domestic abuse in the last year alone. (British Crime Survey 2010)

·         33% of girls aged 13-17 have experienced some from of sexual abuse. (NSPCC 2009)

·         68% of female university students experience sexual harassment on campus. (NUS Hidden Marks Survey 2010)

·         Girls are now 3x more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than boys. On any given day up to 5% of girls aged 12-17 will be prescribed anti-depressants. (Nuffield Foundations, Social Trends in Adolescent Mental Health 2013) 

This passion project was spearheaded by 31-year-old Abigail Horne. Founder of Authors&Co which helps women leave a legacy through creating bestselling books. Abi felt compelled to show young women how to be kinder to themselves. Love and value themselves and feel empowered to create the futures they desire after recently having a baby girl. Passionate to support her, Emma also wants to make an impact on future generations.

The collaboration book ‘The Woman I’m Becoming’ (available on Amazon) is a celebration of both World Book Day and International Women’s Day in one. It brings together female entrepreneurs from across the globe. All of whom are experts in their field. To share their stories, reflections, advice and guidance on subjects from money, health, and relationships to self-worth, wellbeing and authenticity.

#BalanceForBetter

This year’s theme for IWD is #BalanceForBetter, which aims to build a gender-balanced world through collaboration. That is exactly what Authors&Co publishers have done: collaborated to try and achieve balance. 

Emma Maslin, Founder of multi-award winning website The Money Whisperer and money coach said: “ I am delighted to be involved in this incredible collaboration book for International Women’s Day – uniting with other women from around the globe to help empower 14-18year olds. Financial literacy is something I am hugely passionate about; money touches every part of our lives from our mental health and our relationships through to our work and lifestyle choices. It isn’t a subject that most of us can say we leave school with an excellent understanding of, and yet the decisions about how we make it, what we spend it on and how we manage our money can literally change our lives. To be able to reach young women and empower them to make good choices to set themselves up for a life of financial independence through this project has been a dream for me.

Following the launch of the International Women’s Day book, Authors & Co is hosting a charity meet and greet event with some of the authors. Money raised at this event will also be donated to “Your Future Self Academy” to fund scholarship places for young adults to attend self-development retreats. Alison Goodwin, Founder of Your Future Self, said: “We are delighted to be supported by this book launch event. We help young adults with: Mindset, Team Building, Sports, Employability Skills, Leadership, Goals and Money Management. Our retreats are pioneering, transformative, guaranteed to be fun, and will help young adults authentically connect with their peers. The retreats are an opportunity for young people to feel empowered when making career choices; this will be achieved by helping them explore extracurricular activities in a stimulating learning environment.”