Hi! Welcome to Les Girls Collective! I´m so excited that you are here. My name is Paz and even though I am Spanish, I live with my husband and daughters in The Netherlands. Below you can read all about why I started Les Girls Collective, which I consider my third baby. Thanks for being here, I hope you become inspired to start changing the world for the next generation of girls.
MOTHERHOOD. The single most transformative event in my life. Ever. Sleep deprivation and not having a spare minute for yourself are usually the first things that come to mind when we think about how our lives have changed since we became mothers.
But what I was not expecting was the shift in my thoughts, how my priorities were turned upside down, and the things I thought I cared about ended up being irrelevant. Suddenly, my world was filled with a new sort of worry: what kind of world did I bring my girl into? What will she grow up to be? Will she ever feel discriminated against? Will she struggle with body image issues? Will she earn the same money as her male counterparts? Will she be able to love whoever she chooses to? Will she be happy? How can I shelter her from the difficulties intrinsic to being born a woman? Is that even possible at all?
And then this itch started. Quiet and barely noticeable at the beginning, the itch turned into the loud realization that I had to do something. I wanted to change the world for my girls. But then also, for the entire next generation of girls. But how? Where do I start? And how do I make an impact on girls other than my own?
All in all, my children are privileged - they have parents that care, access to a great education and healthcare system, and positive role models around them. Their father and I will make sure that they interiorize the message that they can do anything they put their minds to. But how about the girls that did not get so lucky? Girls forced to drop out of school or marry very early on, girls whose dreams and aspirations are never encouraged and stimulated? How do I make the world a better place for every girl out there?
It suddenly dawned on me that I could not do this by myself and that I had to start close to home. What if we start by empowering our girls to believe in themselves, to embrace risk and failure, to keep trying to achieve their biggest and most outlandish dreams? If our daughters believe they can do anything, they will become catalysts of change and will keep making the world a better place for other girls and women.
Let our kids be agents of change, the world needs them.