Today’s post is going to replace the usual Sunday Pleasures but I promise I will get a recipe in at some point of the week!
Today is all about women. International women’s day started as a socialist political movement around the 1900’s and was a result of working women wanting change. They had had enough of inequality and campaigned for what they believed. They wanted equal pay and voting rights and they fought for it! They were women that might have been made of sugar and spice, but they sure had something else in them that made them act on what they believed!
Every March 8th we celebrate women’s day and the role of women in society. I love it, don’t get me wrong! However, even though a lot has been achieved in a century, there is still a lot to fight for:
…and the list could go on (check out my previous post about “Why I am a feminist”). The point is, all battles have not been won for women and there is still a lot to be done. Read more about international women’s day here.
This post, however, is a tribute to 4 inspirational women. Women not made of sugar but women made of strength, confidence, belief and love. Brilliant women, women that inspire me!
Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie
“Racism should never have happened and so you don’t get a cookie for reducing it.” – Americanah
“You must never behave as if your life belongs to a man. Do you hear me?” Aunty Ifeka said. “Your life belongs to you and you alone.” – Half of a Yellow Sun
“Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.”
I found out about this brilliant Nigerian novelist through her Ted talk on feminism in late 2012. If you haven’t watched it, please do!! You can find it here. It’s truly inspirational! Chimimanda explains such a controversial subject in a clear, honest and simple way. Get your male friends to watch as well!
“Well behaved women rarely make history”
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Eleanor Roosevelt wasn’t just a first lady. She was a symbol of the new role women were to play in the world. She believed that women should have expanded roles in the workplace, fought for the civil rights of African Americans and wasn’t afraid to be laughed at.
“I speak not for myself but for those without voice… those who have fought for their rights… their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated.”
“Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book.”
“All I want is an education, and I am afraid of no one”
Malala is a Pakistani activist who demanded that girls should be allowed to receive an education. She was subsequently shot in the head but she survived! Malala is an inspiration as she still fights for what she believes. She said herself she doesn’t want to be remembered “as the girl who was shot, but the girl who stood up”. In October 2014 she was the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner.
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.”
“Self-esteem comes from being able to define the world in your own terms and refusing to abide by the judgments of others.”
“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.”
I loved Oprah’s show and I loved Oprah! She is a symbol of a strong woman: one who was born into poverty and desperation and still made it through. She was raped, pregnant at the age of 14, and didn’t have a dime to her name. She had the courage to enter a field that was dominated by white males and no one believed in her. She still made it! She became one of the most influential women in the world and uses a lot of that to do good to others.
All these women inspired me in a way or another. They all did something that made me believe in humanity. There are many many more inspiring women out there (I personally have a few more but the list would be never ending) so, here’s to great women!
A big smile from me to all women out there!