Today is a an important day: as every 8th of march women all around the world will bring themselves to the streets and claim for their rights as they fight for an equal society. We, from our little bar, would like to show you something that we hope you will find, in the worst case, interesting and at best, hopeful.
In 2007 Moira Cameron managed to become the first yeoman woman (better known as Beefeaters: the ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London), after 522 years of male tradition in which they had never let a woman become a beefeater, mainly because the requirements necessary to opt for yeoman excluded women from base. Thanks to days like today rules have changed and and for a relatively short period of time women are able to access to this job too, Moira had completed 22 years of military service to become a beefeater and was between 40 and 55 years old (requirements still needed today) and despite not being the first woman to run for the post, she was the first to beat the 5 male candidates who had presented themselves at the same time as her for the position. But her fight did not end there, once was in she was harassed by two of her teammates, Mark Sanders-Crook and Bob Brown, she managed to get them fired after being proved that they destroyed her uniform and subjected her to cyber-harassment systematically, simply because Moira was a woman, the only woman.
“…Be yourself – don’t change who you are to try and fit in. After all, it is ‘you’ who will get ‘you’ there and look at yourself in the mirror. Every morning smile and tell yourself you are good enough…”
- Moira Cameron
Moira is the living proof of what does the feminist movement stands for: equality between sexes and, in honor for her achievement, Beefeater designed a limited edition bottle where its characteristic yeoman is a characteristic woman yeoman, at Ideal we have this unique bottle:
From Ideal, we want to encourage all the women that today are going out to the streets, all of those who will not be able to but they would love and all those who unfortunately won’t be able to ever again, there is always a little hope in all the right fightes, however bleak the outlook may seem. Happy March 8th to all!