WOWFEST: “You can’t win, so stop trying!”

WOW Festival – Day 1

Lynne Franks SEED Clinic pt. 1 – Lynne Franks and Stella Creasy

Imagine for a second you are a man. You walk up the impending steps towards the 5th floor function room in the Royal Festival Hall at London’s South Bank Centre. In the back of your mind you know this is the first piece of journalism you will be covering in your career as a writer and want to be fully prepared. You walk into the 5th floor function room and you enter what looks like is a garden and in that garden are around 30 women, ready to question and debate on the government and its influence on female ran businesses. To say the least, you feel scared, nervous, maybe a couple of sweaty palms. But, that all melts away when Lynne Franks introduces herself and puts you all at ease.



Bright and bubbly, Lynne Franks, founder of SEED (Sustainable Enterprise and Empowerment Dynamics), begins by introducing her self and Stella Creasy; an MP devoted to women’s rights, and explains this is the 4th year running their clinic at WOWFEST. Franks implores that we all should workshop with each other and push our ideas further and then opens the floor to Stella Creasy, that’s when things get interesting.

Creasy, young and empowered, talks to us about her role in politics and how she is working on so many projects to help gain equality throughout many aspects in life. She says: “feminism isn’t about women, its about power!” which is completely true. She realises that equality is not a one way street, both men and women need to understand that there needs to be some shift in the power dynamic between the two, but they need to be done with knowledge and spread equally.

Although short, Franks and Creasy workshop showed that things are changing and that people need to stick with this time of equality. Their speeches were both inspiring and memorable from a male’s perspective and it will be truly great to see where they both go next, especially Creasy’s work in politics.

Many thanks to South Bank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival 2014 for putting together an amazing pair of individuals.

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Highlights of the session:

  • Lynne Franks creating an environment that was natural and earthy to help plant the seeds of change and development.
  • Being sat around an table with 7 other individuals and sharing ideas.
  • Workshopping potential business ideas.
  • Stella Creasy and her speech on the toxic thoughts that hold women back from making decisions.

‘Best quote’ from the talk:

  • “Feminism isn’t about women, it’s about power!”
  • “You can’t win, so stop trying” (in response to women not trying to change the system but creating a completely new business environment to conquer)

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