In 2020, become your own muse!
With 2020 peeking around the corner, it is time to say goodbye to a marvelous 2019. Ever since I started marlies|dekkers, my dream has been to empower women. And every year, we’ve taken great steps to do so!
In 2019, two new muses have been added to the list, inspiring us in many ways. Kitchen goddess and true feminine feminist Julia Child showed us that ‘traditional feminine activities’, such as the art of cooking, can be reclaimed as an empowering art form for modern women. And of course, to do it with gusto! Musical supernova Billie Holiday taught us to fight injustice with dazzling glamour, like she did when she transformed her pain and anger into musical masterpieces.
My New Year’s wish for you is to take in their unique stories, to let them inspire and empower you, and to write your own story. In 2020, become your own muse! Dare to dream, dare to grow, dare to be.
Happy New Year!
Governed by NO ONE
Flame-haired, brave-hearted and always dressed to dazzle, Elizabeth the First, also known as England’s ‘Virgin Queen’, is one of the most unforgettable women in history. Her glorious reign is known as The Golden Age ~ a period that saw the birth of Shakespeare, the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the emergence of England as a world power. It lasted almost 45 years; Elizabeth’s legacy as a feminist icon however, has already spanned nearly 5 centuries. “My sex cannot diminish my prestige.”
Only 11 days after he beheaded his second wife (the flamboyant Anne Boleyn), King Henry VIII married a pale, fair-haired maiden called Jane Seymour. Who exactly was this girl, and what had made the king so besotted with her? To this day, historians don’t quite know what to make of her.
Glamour, the magical power of persuasion
“Dare to be the CEO of your own career”
Who run this (digital) world? For Saskia Van Uffelen, the answer to that question is crystal clear: women. And what better role model for these women than the passionate CEO of Ericsson Belux herself? Named ICT Woman of the Year in 2011, Belgian-born Saskia is a great inspiration -not only as a digital visionary but also as a top manager who gracefully combines a hectic job with a family of five children. “In disruptive times, we need women.”