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-Women are more in the limelight now
-than ever before.
-Fighting for their rights,
-standing up for equality.
-There is a wave of brilliant
-young women at the moment...
-..who take ownership.
-That's one of the big words
-..when you talk about
-what it's like to be a strong woman.
-To take ownership
-and do what you want to do.
-I was just enjoying life,
-I was working.
-Then the man
-never fitted into all that...
-..and then I decided
-to do something about it.
-There is so much pressure
-on women today.
-We just have to be happy with
-who we are. Don't you think so?
-It sounds really righteous, says
-she with a full face of make-up!
-I felt like a woman.
-I thought I can do what I want now,
-I look like everyone else.
-You can't explain the feeling,
-it's just amazing!
-It's the old argument, the word
-feminist has become a dirty word.
-People say we don't need this
-discussion, we don't need the word.
-As we can see with coming of Donald
-Trump, the battle is far from over.
-Yes, we got the vote,
-yes, there have been many battles.
-But we haven't reached a place where
-we don't have to ask questions.
-That's the place when things
-will be in their place...
-..when we won't need to discuss it.
-A century ago, the tide closed in
-on decades of fiery battles...
-..by women for the right to vote.
-The reaction to their protest
-was violent and cruel.
-Many were imprisoned.
-They demanded to be counted
-as equal citizens.
-That would take another ten years,
-but the first steps had been taken.
-That thirst to demand our place
-and our voices to be heard...
-from strength to strength.
-I've reached an age
-where I find myself...
-..questioning things more and more.
-I want to hear
-what other women think.
-Where actually are we
-in society now?
-Have we lost that focus
-these women had back in 1918?
-I worry that society
-..moving towards a place where
-outward appearance is important.
-Everyone is going to end up looking
-the same, that's a big fear for me.
-You almost want to say to society...
-..and to people who make money
-out of that kind of thing...
-.."I want you to stop for once
-so that we can all realise...
-"..what it is to get older...
-"..or look like how we are
-meant to look like women."
-I think there's great pressure
-on what men think of us today.
-That hasn't changed,
-it's been here for centuries.
-During the second half
-of the 20th century...
-..there were more opportunities
-for girls to wear lovely clothes.
-Even working class girls
-could spend on this type of thing.
-It was important and they
-also liked to show themselves...
-..in the best light when they worked
-in quite a grey place very often.
-And to flesh out this idea
-of Miss World and so on.
-It was part of their life.
-I used to watch Miss World!
-I used to watch Miss World!
-I did, I sat with Nain.
-Nain, my sister and I
-would sit down...
-..and Mam and Dad
-would be out on Saturday night...
-..and we'd sit down scoring
-these girls, judging these girls!
-We didn't do that!
-I don't know
-why I admitted that on camera.
-mean nothing to me now.
-I've been very critical of shows
-like Miss Wales, Miss World.
-I see them as being anti-feminist.
-But the situation isn't quite
-as black and white as that.
-They've been a big part of
-women's lives in Wales for decades.
-They were part of
-the factory girls experience too.
-They liked to be Miss Dunlop,
-Miss Hoover, Miss Hotpoint.
-To them, working class girls,
-they had different experiences...
-..to what they'd have in their
-daily work and I understand that.
-In 1970, there was a big protest
-by the women's lib...
-..against the Miss World
-It's amazing to see the images
-of them throwing the papers down...
-..and disrupting the pageant.
-This was a big thing at the time
-and people were against it.
-They thought it was shameful
-that women dared to do that...
-..and disrupt a pageant on TV.
-I think you can be
-whatever you want to be.
-We are born with our own body
-and our own mind.
-There is nobody to tell us
-You can be a part of that journey...
-on the streets of London.
-You can be a part of that journey
-by walking a catwalk in Wales.
-for different girls.
-I wonder why we're all
-so fearful of beauty.
-It's alright to be judged on how
-you sing, how fast you can run...
-..how far you can kick a ball.
-When it comes to beauty, there is a
-fear that we're being judged for it.
-To this day,
-I don't really understand why.
-I don't think any of us
-on the side-lines...
-..should tell these women
-what they can and can't do.
-To me, being a feminist
-is not judging any other girl...
-..for what she wants to do
-and to be whatever you want to be.
-Nobody has the right to tell anyone
-what they are meant to be.
-That's what being a feminist
-is to me.
-It's so much more than the pageant
-that people think it is.
-The year I competed, we raised
-13,000 for children's charities.
-It's something huge that does
-great work across Welsh communities.
-I wanted to be a part of
-something that was bigger than me.
-There are a 101 pageants
-in the world.
-I work with Miss Wales and
-Miss World at the top of that tree.
-I'd like to think I'm
-one of the feminine feminists.
-I think we are far better
-winning as women...
-..than as men and why should we
-apologise for everything female.
-This is our opportunity
-to shout from the rooftops...
-..that we are proud of the feminine
-values that we hold as a gender.
-You can't deny
-after seeing a show like that...
-..that we don't judge these girls
-or look at them...
-..because of the way they look.
-I found myself,
-because I'd spoken to them...
-..looking at their shape,
-..and the way
-they carried themselves.
-I've been on stage and TV, I've done
-posters which pushed boundaries.
-I've put myself in situations
-where people have looked at me...
-..but I felt it was different,
-I was in character.
-I feel these girls are making
-these decisions for themselves.
-Yes, we are looking at them
-and they are doing something...
-..which completely depends
-on how they look...
-..but there is more to them
-I think that is healthy enough
-and who am I to judge it?
-My parents never got much trouble
-with me growing up.
-There is a wild streak in me and
-I am always drawn to wild people...
-..who push boundaries,
-but actually, deep down...
-..I'm quite conservative and
-I'm very aware of my own boundaries.
-I feel lucky that I grew up
-in the age before mobile phones...
-..and social media.
-I had the freedom to experiment...
-..to make mistakes without
-everything being scrutinized.
-I can't imagine what it's like
-for young girls today...
-..living their lives online.
-and the generation of the selfie...
-has to be perfect.
-My daughter and her friends spend
-hours getting the perfect image.
-It does worry me, but then again,
-the only way to get over it...
-..is to get them to realise
-that this is something superficial.
-Who you are and what you want
-to achieve is more important.
-I tell Leisa and her friends that
-who they are is more important.
-Because we lived
-before all this was so important...
-..we know how to live
-without social media.
-There is something in us older women
-who can appreciate what we have...
-..and you fear now
-that those younger women...
-..won't know how to communicate...
-that world for themselves.
-Living life as a woman
-is a constant narrative...
-..on questioning yourself,
-looking at the world around you...
-"Hm, what's really going on here?"
-It's the old argument.
-The word feminist
-has become a dirty word...
-..with people saying we don't
-need this kind of discussion...
-..but as we can see
-with the coming of Donald Trump...
-..you sense the battle
-is far from over.
-I have felt a shift
-and change since Trump.
-People think they can say as they
-like to women and people in general.
-I've seen that on the school yard
-and it's shocking.
-You wouldn't think it can have
-such an effect on you.
-As women, we need to stick together
-in times like this.
-The fact that I've been raised
-by a single mum...
-..strong and independent...
-..it's taught me to question
-everything in life...
-..and to stand up strongly
-for girls like Mam did.
-I want to follow mam's footsteps.
-I'm sure I'm seen as old fashioned
-now in what I believe a woman is...
-..but I do feel strongly that there
-are young women out there now...
-..who are willing
-to raise their voices.
-The battles haven't been won
-by a long way.
-Yes, there is fear,
-but from that fear...
-..I hope what comes from that
-is a new confidence.
-It's a lovely thing looking back
-at photos of the women...
-..that have defined me.
-..sister, friends and stepmother.
-Each one has given something
-of their own personalities to me.
-looking at these old photos...
-..thinking how society
-..and the role of women
-within that society...
-..since the time
-when Mam was growing up...
-when Nain was growing up.
-Throughout the decades, more and
-more women raised their voices...
-..and Welsh women
-were amongst them...
-..fighting for the causes
-that were important to them.
-We were fighting
-as a group of strong women...
-..because we wanted a better world,
-to be cliche about it.
-It was a combination of things.
-I'd campaigned, a lot
-of people campaigned with me...
-..over language rights, they also
-campaigned for the peace movement.
-We're talking about
-the beginning of the '80s...
-..when there was
-a big nuclear threat...
-..and lot of opposition
-What's new there?
-It was a period
-when I'd just become a mum.
-I had little children and I felt
-very protective of them as a mother.
-I also felt unable to protect them
-in the face of this huge threat.
-The women's protest opposing
-American nuclear missiles...
-..on the Greenham Common site
-was one of the longest...
-..and most famous campaigns
-of the feminist movement in history.
-Women can give something positive,
-I would say.
-Someone said during that time
-at Greenham Common...
-.."Men have always
-gone away to war...
-"..and now women
-are going away to peace."
-We can be just as strong,
-just as determined...
-..and suffer, too, as men have...
-..but for something
-strong and positive...
-..instead of something
-destructive that kills.
-For something creative.
-That's the strength of women
-in the peace movement.
-I have so much admiration for
-Meg Elis and her contemporaries...
-..and their protest campaigns.
-She had strong principles
-about what was right.
-My mother taught me
-those very same principles.
-What hits me personally
-at times like this is...
-..when my mother died, I was 26
-years old, I was a different person.
-I was a girl,
-I feel now that I'm a woman.
-I almost feel like I'm getting to
-know my mother after she's died...
-..because I realise
-the things I do...
-and her weaknesses...
-..are the exact same strengths
-and weaknesses that were in Mam.
-I think that's why
-there's a lot of guilt in me...
-..when I think about the things
-I didn't ask her before she died.
-I know what I feel now,
-the loneliness that comes...
-..from not getting those answers
-from her, as a woman.
-It's important to remember her
-as she was.
-It's easy to romanticize a person
-after they die...
-..and that's one
-of my greatest fears.
-I don't want Mam to be this perfect,
-unblemished image in my head.
-that I remember her failures.
-In those failures,
-I am coming to recognise myself.
-the untidiness, the overreacting.
-She lives on in me.
-As I look in the mirror
-and see myself aging...
-..I see her face staring back at me.
-Is she happy with who I am today?
-Or can she see the inner turmoil
-behind these lying eyes?
-She was sensitive like me,
-she was untidy like me...
-..she understood people,
-she really did understand people.
-There was something
-that was very, very shy in her...
-..though she liked nothing more
-than to have fun!
-Someone looks at these images
-from the '60s and they're iconic.
-There's a new spirit here.
-The '50s had been so austere
-after the war, so it was great.
-There were many young people about,
-the baby boom...
-..they were now teenagers -
-a new word from this era.
-They were going out to have fun!
-Sex became much more open too.
-Yes, but that was partly because
-in 1961, the pill was introduced.
-To women that was key, and I think
-it's still a turning point...
-..in women's history because now you
-can control your sexuality yourself.
-The mini skirt came in.
-I remember when I started wearing a
-mini skirt, I'd been in uni a year.
-I felt a frump
-coming from Aberystwyth to Bangor...
-..which was full of fashion!
-I didn't care what people
-thought of me and that's important.
-This is my mother around
-the same time, a few years earlier.
-I love this picture.
-I'm on her lap and the skirt is so
-high up, I can nearly see her bum!
-But it was obvious that she felt,
-even being a young mother...
-..I'm only a few months old...
-..but she had plenty of confidence
-to wear something so short.
-Women who haven't had children
-are still a big taboo in society...
-..a society which places so much
-pressure on women to be mothers.
-As we reach a certain age...
-..it is expected that a mother
-will have given birth...
-..and having to justify my childless
-situation often makes me sad.
-I think I had a very short period
-in my early 40s...
-..that I felt the privilege
-was being taken from me.
-I hadn't thought
-about having kids before then.
-I didn't feel a huge urge
-to have children...
-..but once that privilege
-is taken from you...
-..the mind goes to panic because
-you hear that old horrible phrase...
-..the clock is ticking.
-I hate that sentence.
-I went into a panic where
-I looked at men and thought...
-.."Are my ovaries
-winking at that man?
-"Could he be a father
-to my children?
-I didn't want to think like that.
-I want to fall in love,
-because I'm falling in love...
-..not because I feel
-the necessity to do something...
-..society thinks I should be doing.
-I suppose you and I have veered
-from the conventional path.
-Me, as a single, unmarried mother.
-You, as someone
-who hasn't had children.
-I've never felt
-there is a judgement...
-..but people do say things and
-you think, "Why do you say that?"
-People think that you're not happy
-and I'm quite happy actually.
-This wasn't the original plan,
-but as it turned out, I'm OK.
-I think it would be nice
-to be in a situation...
-..where women could own
-all kinds of situations in life.
-We need to normalise not being
-in a traditional nuclear family...
-..and that's actually OK.
-What a conventional family...
-..what a conventional woman is,
-has changed completely.
-There are many options open to
-single women keen to have children.
-I think I always saw myself
-It was never a case
-of do I want or not.
-It was just naturally something
-I thought would always happen to me.
-I was just enjoying life,
-travelling, sport, cycling, working.
-And then, the man
-never quite fitted into that.
-But I just thought it would.
-One day, the man will come.
-But when I reached 38
-and the man still hadn't come...
-"How would the child come?"
-I decided to do something about it.
-I decided on a sperm donor
-from a sperm bank.
-It's a little bit like
-internet dating to be honest.
-You go on the website where there's
-a lot of information on each donor.
-You can look at the characteristics.
-Eye colour, hair colour,
-height, family history.
-The donor can't be anonymous.
-Idris has a right to find his
-biological father when he's 18.
-He didn't look anything like me
-at the start, at all.
-Who knows how much of me and how
-much of the donor, or the father...
-..will be in him.
-I think we get conditioned too much
-towards what society expects us...
-..to do as women.
-Sometimes, it does feel
-like society is making you think...
-..that you are a failure if
-you haven't done the usual things.
-Did you encounter any criticism?
-Not to my face!
-Maybe behind my back.
-No-one said anything to me directly.
-To be honest, I'm not one
-who cares what others think.
-I care very much
-what the people I love think of me.
-I've been one of those
-who's let life guide me...
-..and, like you, I like
-to enjoy life to the limit...
-..but that's where I've been lucky
-these past two years.
-I've realised the urge
-was not strong enough...
-..or I would have taken
-the initiative and taken that step.
-You considered it, and that's what
-I'd say to anyone thinking about it.
-There are options available.
-No woman should
-just take it for granted...
-..that they can't have kids
-just because they're on their own.
-My sister and I
-are so close in terms of age...
-..and closeness in terms
-of being two women...
-..but the divide between us is huge.
-When we were children...
-..I was the one making scripts and
-doing little dramas and performing.
-What was Eleri doing?
-She was going for a walk
-around the street with the dollies!
-She always said she wanted a row
-of little shoes outside the house.
-That was her dream.
-She's had four boys
-who are like monkeys.
-Being in their company, I get
-my fix of being with children.
-But you know what,
-I love turning that key and going...
-it's over to you now!"
-I have to accept who I am...
-..and I have to accept
-the world around me...
-..and make the most of what's
-in the world and appreciate it.
-There we go. That's perhaps
-a chapter that won't be.
-A year and a half
-after the big loss...
-..that big sentence came
-that we had been worrying about.
-Dad has a lover.
-And we were thrown, my sister and I,
-to an unknown territory...
-..without knowing where to turn
-or how to feel.
-There was nothing
-that could have prepared us...
-..for the mess of emotions
-that was about to grasp us.
-I remember vividly
-that I was scared to call the house.
-Your father always rang me,
-I didn't ring him.
-I used to think, "Well, if I
-call them, what am I going to say?"
-"Who am I? What do I say?
-"Who am I?"
-Anyway, I didn't have to think
-too much because the phone rang.
-"It's Ffion here,
-I'm Will's daughter."
-"Oh, Ffion! How are you?"
-And since then...
-..things have developed
-over the years...
-..our relationship has developed
-and here we are!
-Little did we know...
-..that day when we met in a pub
-on the outskirts of Cardiff...
-..that things would have
-developed as they have.
-I remember being so nervous.
-It was so different for me
-to think of Dad having a girlfriend.
-that he had a girlfriend...
-I never thought I would say.
-I remember saying to Will
-from the off...
-..I'm not here
-to take anyone's place.
-And I did know,
-we talked about your mother.
-Marian was your father's first love.
-So I wasn't coming to take anyone's
-place and we discussed that a lot.
-I think it took me quite a few years
-to call you a stepmother.
-I think maybe because
-the word mother was in it.
-I was scared of that.
-Do you feel like a mother?
-Well, I don't think I would
-be able to love you any more...
-..even if I'd given birth to you.
-That's the feeling I have, I'm very
-very close to you both as girls.
-I don't keep anything from you,
-I tell you absolutely everything...
-..often too much, as you know!
-But that's what's nice,
-is that I feel I've got a friend.
-That friend that I can turn to
-when I have a problem or I'm scared.
-I had been on my own
-for many years...
-..the same as you, and we can
-relate to each other's experiences.
-I also feel when you're young
-and you look forward to life...
-it didn't happen in my case.
-But I have inherited the ones
-I would have desired to have myself.
-I have taken ownership of them.
-I said I wasn't going to cry
-but I've started already!
-We are more free than ever before to
-decide what path we want to follow.
-As I approach
-a new chapter in my life...
-..there are some things
-I cannot control.
-Aging, something that happens
-to us all.
-We see our bodies changing,
-internally and externally.
-It can be very scary.
-I have to be honest, it depends
-on my mood on any given day...
-..how exactly I feel about it.
-Even though I believe
-that every wrinkle is important...
-..and that every part of my body
-has a story to tell...
-..those little fears can kick in.
-I feel a lot happier being
-in this industry the age I am now...
-..which I know
-is a strange thing to say...
-..but in the acting world...
-..I do think there are many
-interesting roles for women my age.
-Getting to play
-the First Minister of Wales...
-..you don't get
-much more powerful than that.
-Rhiannon Robert, a difficult day
-for the First Minister.
-That's just playing a role on TV.
-Some prominent women on TV are still
-criticised for the way they look...
-..and not for what they say.
-One woman said the other day...
-.."It's really sad that one of the
-main female broadcasters in rugby...
-"..has fake eyelashes,
-big hair and tight clothes."
-It made me cross.
-You should be celebrating the fact
-that any woman can present sport.
-We were talking here earlier.
-The cameraman has given us
-a lovely light in the kitchen.
-Thank you very much.
-Small things like that,
-because we are on screen...
-that it doesn't affect me...
-..but it does, it really does.
-When we do live games and we're not
-in studio, we do links pitch-side.
-Sometimes we are. At pitch-side,
-it's raining, snowing, windy.
-There is no chance
-to make you look nice.
-As I get older I ask,
-"May I have another light, please?"
-Young cameramen ask,
-"Are you mental?"
-I say, "When you get older
-you'll need a light too!"
-"Don't put the camera down there.
-We really don't like that!"
-It happens to us all,
-all of us, women and men.
-But when men get older,
-When women get older... hmm!
-We are meant to appreciate.
-I try and make the most
-of every wrinkle, every hair.
-But it's hard, isn't it?
-I remember years ago
-when Botox became popular.
-I said, "I am never having Botox!
-Awful thing to do to your face!"
-I was 25 and I didn't need it then!
-I still haven't had it, but,
-oh, my gosh, never say never now!
-I'm trying to hang on in there.
-But hang on in there
-for who and what reason?
-For me, to prove
-that I don't need to conform...
-..to how I should be looking.
-Are you a feminist
-if you don't have Botox? No.
-However you want to look at it.
-I think, this world, there is
-so much pressure on women today...
-..and we just have to be happy
-with who we are, don't you think so?
-It sounds really righteous, says
-she with a full face of make-up!
-I think, in terms of changing the
-body, it's a totally personal thing.
-It's completely up to that person.
-Whatever makes you feel better
-in this world...
-..whether it's making your breasts
-larger or smaller...
-..changing what you think
-will make you happy...
-..and I think if you have the choice
-and it makes you feel better...
-..then why not?
-But for one young mother,
-Carrie Harper, there was no choice.
-She went under the surgeon's knife,
-not for cosmetic reasons...
-..but to have a double mastectomy
-due to cancer.
-It had a profound effect
-not only on her confidence...
-..but it made her feel
-incomplete as a woman.
-I was devastated,
-I had quite big breasts
-and to go from that to nothing.
-Everything was all sunk in my chest.
-I couldn't even wear a bra.
-This is it. I'm going to look
-like this forever. I hated myself.
-Carrie's new breasts were created
-out of skin from her stomach...
-..but the operation left her
-with no nipples.
-She turned to a tattooist
-to put the icing on the cake.
-People really lose
-..and a lot of people
-I've noticed go quite introverted.
-The way things are today with social
-media, it's all about how you look.
-and go into themselves.
-I show nipple protrusion...
-..and that creates a 3D effect
-like a natural breast.
-You create the illusion
-of a protrusion.
-When it hits the light,
-it looks like a natural breast.
-You see a huge difference from
-the person who laid on the bed...
-..to the person who sits up.
-I was a double-D before I had
-the mastectomy and I am an E now.
-My husband's chuffed!
-That is amazing, I'm gobsmacked!
-I felt like a woman.
-I thought I can do what I want now.
-I look like spaghetti junction with
-scars but you can see passed that.
-I felt like a woman again.
-You can't explain that feeling,
-It's really humbling. It makes you
-put things into perspective.
-The time I get with this person to
-have a small part of their life...
-..it's just the best, it's lovely.
-How much do they pay for this?
-How much do they pay for this?
-Nothing, I do it for free.
-Every woman's here because they've
-gone through some life experience.
-You don't pick cancer,
-cancer picks you.
-Being able to do something like
-that, you're giving them closure.
-As you walk away, it's really
-empowering and its lovely.
-You'd never tell. Honestly.
-Rachel, high five.
-Seeing that today and realising
-how much women support each other...
-..is something that shakes you.
-Also, Mam died 20 years ago
-to breast cancer...
-..and I think so much
-has changed in 20 years.
-We are so open these days, so much
-more open than we have ever been.
-And that also makes me
-feel good and warm inside.
-You must be an amazing drawer?
-No! Give me a pen and paper
-and I'm atrocious.
-My children, when we play games
-at home, they say, "That's so bad!"
-The minute I have a pigment pen
-in my hand, it all flows.
-I can't draw for toffee!
-To us, it might have looked like
-one small thing, having a nipple...
-..but to Carrie,
-it means everything.
-It was interesting what her
-and Rachel were both saying.
-This is the last stamp almost
-to feel like a complete woman.
-Going home tonight...
-..knowing that she felt
-like that one small extra thing...
-..has given her
-the icing on the cake...
-..or the crown in its place,
-it's priceless, isn't it?
-in the air this year.
-Yes, it's the centenary.
-There is a thirst for history.
-But there is also a thirst
-for protest too.
-We are raising our voices
-on all kinds of different causes.
-There are new ways of being heard.
-So many things have changed
-as a result of online protest.
-It can influence protests and it
-also enables us to grow communities.
-There are so many opportunities now.
-There are negative elements
-to working online as a feminist...
-..and writing about women's history.
-If someone wants to be abusive
-online, well, it's the internet.
-They are going to do that!
-But we are tied to something
-that is a positive reaction.
-It keeps us going.
-It is a protest and that passion
-helps us keep the focus.
-Social media allows us
-to show our colours instantly.
-We can inspire millions of people
-to march worldwide...
-..by a click of the finger.
-In 1908, the first big rally to call
-for the vote was held in Hyde Park.
-A group of activists travelled
-from Cardiff to join in the protest.
-This is the banner
-they took with them.
-I feel quite emotional.
-Someone really made this,
-it's a labour of love.
-There's a community behind this.
-It brings it back to groups of women
-campaigning in their communities.
-When they took it to London, the
-crowds said, "The devil has come.
-"The Welsh suffragists
-have the devil among them!"
-They had dared to put the dragon
-on their banner.
-What better symbol than a dragon!
-There's a dragon in every
-Welsh woman. That's a good thing.
-And fire in our bellies!
-Every stitch in this banner
-represents a woman in history...
-..who battled to realise a dream -
-a dream of being equal.
-A century on,
-this dream still drives us.
-Maybe we do dream enough...
-..but there's something on the last
-hurdle that says, "I can't do that."
-Maybe it's a job for a man,
-maybe it's a race for men...
-..maybe I'll get swallowed up
-in this masculine world.
-But no, I think not only
-do we need to dream...
-..but we need to follow our dreams
-to take our step to the path...
-..which will take us towards
-the top of our journey.
-a lot on ultra races...
-..which can be
-a masculine, testosterone world.
-Again, you don't see yourself
-as a woman competing in these.
-You see yourself as a single
-competitor not defined by gender.
-Yes, it's interesting
-because when people ask me...
-.."Do you describe yourself as
-a female runner? No, I'm a runner."
-At the end of the day
-I've competed against the men.
-I'm glad I'm on the starting line,
-side-by-side with men.
-I remember one story, I told someone
-I'd come fourth in one of the races.
-And they said, "Oh, what happened?
-"When I saw you race you were first,
-you were winning the women's race."
-"No, I won the women's race.
-I came fourth overall."
-that was the most important one.
-Whoever was in front of me.
-Doesn't matter their age,
-their sex, their religion.
-In my world, that's not important.
-You're competing against yourself...
-..and maybe the person
-that's in front of you.
-By now, I don't see myself
-working in a man's world.
-I obviously do, but the rugby world
-is a lovely world to work in.
-I'm not just saying that.
-We've come on in leaps and bounds
-in the last ten years.
-I have to work hard,
-not because I'm a woman...
-..but because I work with men
-who played the game professionally.
-To be as good as them,
-and give them my judgement...
-..that's why I work hard.
-Not because I have to
-because I am a woman.
-It takes years
-to define ourselves...
-who are happy in our own skins.
-My close relationship
-with women of all ages...
-..is one of those things
-I treasure most about life.
-The happiest times have been defined
-by the women around me.
-My trust and appreciation
-of other women...
-..is paramount to my existence
-as I get older.
-Over the last year
-I've opened my heart...
-some of my greatest fears...
-..about being a woman today
-It was a bittersweet experience.
-I think I wouldn't do any favours
-to myself or anyone else...
-..if I said,
-"No, I'm fine, life is great."
-I don't have any problems
-That isn't what life is,
-life is full of challenges...
-..that we have to overcome.
-I've been floored
-by the response to the book.
-It felt as if I was baring my soul,
-I had been so honest.
-It got republished
-even before the third launch.
-Within a fortnight,
-it had been republished.
-I couldn't believe it
-because I got so scared...
-..thinking what people's
-reaction might be.
-I can say honestly that it's where
-I have had the biggest reaction...
-..that I have ever had in my life.
-We only have one life
-and we have to live it...
-..with optimism, with dreams...
-..and just thinking
-about what we can do.
-Sometimes taking that step
-out of our comfort zone.
-One group of women are doing
-just that and coming together...
-..not to protest but to have fun -
-a leather sisterhood.
-I haven't been on a motorbike
-for a few years...
-..and I've realised it's where
-I'm at my happiest, I think.
-Being on the back of a motorbike
-offers an incredible freedom.
-Yes, I love being
-on the back of a motorbike.
-The thrill of the hair and wind,
-and everything going through you.
-Why aren't there more girls
-I don't have a clue,
-I don't understand.
-Why don't girls?
-I'm not confident,
-I'm not someone who's a biker...
-..but I just love riding a bike.
-I don't have a biker image.
-Excuse me, if anyone
-looks like a biker, Ruth, it's you.
-You look fantastic!
-Until when do you see yourself
-on a motorbike?
-Well, until I can't get my leg over!
-I can't get on it!
-I'll drink to that!
-I think every woman is a feminist.
-To me, that goes with the territory.
-By now, because of the choice...
-..and because of what women have
-been through and fought for...
-..the world is so open to women.
-I am in a very happy relationship
-with a fantastic man...
-..and I am happy
-with who I am as a woman.
-I'm ready for the next chapter.
-Away we go!
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Ganrif wedi i rai merched ennill y bleidlais am y tro cyntaf, Ffion Dafis sy'n gofyn faint sydd wedi newid i fenywod. Ffion Dafis asks how life has changed for women over the past 100 years.