So after two long weeks of frustration, confusion and sleepless night, Jane and I are unable to do anything about the fact that another site and twitter name has been set up as The Women’s Room.
We asked politely by email, a couple of times, if the new organisation would change its name (it had already done so once in its short life – it started off as Women Unite) but to no avail. As we’ve said many times, we think the idea of a list of women experts is a great idea, it’s just a shame they couldn’t have chosen a name that wasn’t going to confuse our two sites.
The Women’s Room, as many of you will know, is a community of women that lives on www.thewomensroomblog.com, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. The web is where we hang out and it’s why, after four years of daily posting we are number one on any Google search for The Women’s Room, something we are massively proud of. YOU all put us there, so pat yourselves on the back, we are incredibly grateful and (we’ve said this many times before) we are lucky to have such amazing readers.
We’ve had sound advice from lawyers this week (all supplied by readers, thanks for that) and your blog post comments offering support were incredibly uplifting during a really low point in proceedings. Our inboxes have been full up with helpful (and outraged!) emails and we’ve had an abundance of serious, experienced advice from wise women in industry who’ve either been in similar positions themselves or who handle situations like this through their jobs.
Their advice, once we’d ruled out the expensive legal route and got over the absolute fury we all felt, was pretty much unanimous.
Don’t waste any more negative energy on it. Rise above it, continue to do what you do better than ever.
So that’s what we’ll do.
As older, wiser women with a century of experience between us we know that life is short and precious. So we remain ‘polite but firm’ that we feel wronged, but we’re moving on.
And on a more positive note, we have a few accidental new readers – so welcome! We notice that there’s no listing of fashion experts on the other Women’s Room so perhaps we can even help introduce you to some of the extremely talented and successful women working in fashion today. If you need an expert we can probably find you one as Jane and I have been working in the British fashion industry for 60 years between us, so do email us for help should you need it.
And yes, you can be a feminist and love fashion, let’s move on from that outdated notion…………..more of that to come.
Also, via twitter confusion we are being widely promoted amongst all sorts of interesting communities (‘hello!’ to the Irish feminist organisation that’s tweeting about us) and one of our favourite female writers, Eva Wiseman now knows we exist, which is great!
Over the next few weeks of of daily postings we will be writing about the fabulous British artists Elizabeth Price (fingers crossed she wins the Turner Prize), Kate MccGwire, who has a new exhibition soon and stylist Grace Coddington – an artist in our eyes and who we’re meeting next week. We’ll also be telling you who the best British artisan designers and makers to buy your Christmas presents from if you want to avoid big commercial brands, how to knit your own Christmas front door wreath and explain why taking up a craft can calm you down.
There will be book reviews on new novels from India Knight and Maggie O’Farrell (thanks ladies for sending us your early copies) and a few rants on the stresses of being a Middleagemum.com on the run up to Christmas.
We will be asking some of our friends and amazing women we have met through The Women’s Room, what they hope for in the new year.
We will also continue to pick out beautiful and useful clothes for our community of 40 plus women and highlight retailers who are doing a good job.
Honestly, why would you want to be anywhere else?
Lots of love Amanda and Jane – The Women’s Room