The project was forged in the midst of the health crisis caused by COVID-19 and brings together the valuable stories of many women around the world who talk about their experiences of overcoming, struggle and resilience.
The success of “My Life As a Woman” is mainly due to the fact that gender equality is a burning issue today. But with the restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus in several countries in Latin America and the world, the number of cases of gender-based violence has increased. With a fresh and first-person point of view, the book aims to bring to light the struggle of women over the years to achieve their goals, to get jobs in a fair way and to make their way in a society with sexist biases that still persist over time.
Recently, the cosmetics and skincare brand L’Oréal launched a campaign against gender stereotypes by exposing an overwhelming and painful reality. Female scientists are less likely to publish their research and papers than their male counterparts. In addition, only 23% of women enter senior scientific positions.
There is a clear trend-setting concept in the globalised world that seeks gender equality and the fight against domestic violence, both physical and verbal violence by men against women.
Under the hashtag #mylifeasawoman and in line with the awareness campaigns of several well-known brands, the book written and conceived by Matthew Gates gives a voice to strong and independent women who managed to break through barriers in a society dominated by sexist thinking and rise up with the greatest success. They have been able to make their own decisions and lay the foundations for future generations in terms of gender equality.
It is enough to remember that the famous writer of the best-selling Harry Potter saga in her early days must have used her initials, JKR, to make people think she was a man and not dismiss her manuscript because she was a woman.
With real testimonies and masterly stories, “My Life As A Woman” takes us on a journey through the challenges and difficulties experienced by women of different ages, cultures, creeds and countries. With millions of differences between each of them, it has always remained a constant. They had to work harder to achieve their goals just because they were women.
The book has a structure based on written interviews that the author himself edited and combined perfectly to provide a story that can be read with a profound and timeless value.
In the book you can read the life story of Valerie, an African woman from Nigeria, who fought her way through with conviction and against all gender mandates and stereotypes.
For her “A Nigerian woman is like a rose that grows from concrete. We are strong, determined, hard-working, kind and resourceful”.
One of the stories that stands out most in the book is that of Franca, a Canadian woman of Italian parents, who emotionally relates the changes in her life, and how her original dreams were shattered, and finally came true when they seemed further away than ever.
Franca describes how in the worst moment of her life, an unusual force emerged, and according to her beautiful words “Somehow, from beneath the crushing weight of the impossible, emerged a warrior. I cried a river of tears, prayed like I had never prayed before and one day, I simply put the tissues away and decided to fight.’’
We have also been delighted by the story of this beautiful woman’s description of her love for Canada, appreciating how she has managed to integrate diverse cultures, without the need for each one’s roots to disappear. Instead, they are for example in Toronto in every corner of “Little Italy” “Little Greece” or “ChinaTown”.
Surely many women will relate to the stories in “My Life As A Woman” and for Matthew its author – this is the true message of his book. To give voice and visibility to women around the world so that others can be inspired to break out of the oppression or false belief that they are less capable than men of pursuing their dreams.
Women are powerful, says Matthew Gates, who is a native of New Jersey and has a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences from Ocean County College and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Loyola University in Chicago.
Matt, as his friends and family call him, lived in Israel for a year after graduating, where he taught English to Ethiopian-Israelis and learned about a wide range of the country’s socioeconomic problems. Once he returned to the United States, using a skill he learned himself when he was younger, he became a programmer. Over the years, he has gained a number of skills and is working in New Mexico remotely as a freelance writer, technical writer, web designer and web developer.
With a strong desire to stay connected with his passion for writing he became interested in understanding how people work in the workplace and in university studies. As a result, he has been active in the Confessions of the Professions portal for over 7 years, which serves as a publishing platform for various research papers from universities, marketing agencies and freelance writers around the world.
But this time his name has become popular because of his project My Life As A Woman that can be purchased through Amazon that allows women from different backgrounds and professions to know the stories of other women like them who have managed to get ahead and be successful in a world, for the time being, of men.