Hooray! Today is International Women’s Day. One of my favorite days of the year. It’s great because it’s a day that we can openly and very loudly celebrate all women all over the globe. And it’s special because it offers so much potential for truth telling, listening and learning.
It’s a day that I learn more about women, their struggles, triumphs and achievements. I sit in awe as I learn about their strength, resilience, ambition and leadership. And if I am doing it, surely others are too.
It’s and exciting day because today gives a worldwide platform for women’s voices. Enabling a widening of the narrative around women. Plus, it breaks down stereotypes. And opens the gate to understanding women are wonderfully complex. And talented. And skillful. Creative and so much more!
The wider that narrative is around women, the closer we get to equality.
On this day, I am choosing to contribute to widening that narrative, I’m sharing 5 inspiring quotes by women. These quotes resonated with me. They are empowering and they provoked deep thought within me.
Let’s find out what they were:
“I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” ―Malala Yousafzai
Malala is such and inspiration. She expresses ideas, concepts and wisdom that is well beyond her years. She get’s it. Malala understands that we are all connected. We are all one and if some are not free to succeed in our lives, the way that all others can, then we are all “held back”.
Oneness among women got me thinking about two things. How us, women, are impacted by the treatment of other women. Whether that difference in treatment is because of social, cultural or religious beliefs. Or whether is because of actions or the lack of actions around the world and across time. I know it can seem a bit hard to grasp that the treatment of women on the other side of the world can impact us, but it can. It’s no harder to grasp than understanding we’re impacted by the treatment of women in our own country’s history. After all, the past does not exist. Nor do the people, but we are still impacted.
Malala raises her voice, so the voices of all the other women around the world can be heard too. This brings me to that second thought. And it’s a limiting belief and a social construct we human have created. I’m talking about international borders. They are completely imaginary. It’s a way of creating a them and an us. Look, I’m all for celebrating differences among individuals, communities and cultures. It’s beautiful. But for some reason, my Spidey senses tell me international borders weren’t imagined to celebrate our differences. In reality we are a global community. We all belong to the same group… Human. We also belong to smaller groups for example Men and Women.
So, when women aren’t being treated with the same respect as men. When women aren’t given the same opportunity as men. It’s not happening to them… it’s happening to us!
“Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” —G.D. Andersonhttps://gdanderson.com/author/geenadanderson/
You said it sister! “[Women] are already strong”. Anyone that does not agree with that statement, needs to either:
- open their eyes or
- need to explore and deal the limiting beliefs they have around women.
Well I guess that last point is pretty much what this quote is saying. Perception is a very interesting topic because we all perceive things differently. They’re based on our experiences and social conditioning. Often, when men and women behave the same way, different meaning are associated with each sex. For example, the man may be perceived as expressing strong leadership, while the woman is perceived as being bossy. A man might be perceived as being assertive while the woman is perceived as being a bitch. Have a think of any situations where the same behaviour is labelled differently according to gender.
OK, onto strength. Strength’s not only about physical strength, being assertive or demanding what you want. Strength is also trekking on behind the scenes. It’s being of service to others. It’s breaking the mould and stepping out alone. It’s also sharing your vulnerabilities with others. There is so much more to strength than what we’re lead to believe. It’s a whole spectrum. And women occupy every section of that spectrum.
You are strong. Don’t you ever forget it!
“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”—Sheryl Sandberg
I love this quote. It sparks hope and faith that we as women will experience equality. There’d be no need to emphasise the gender of leaders because it’ll be normal to have male and female leaders. The reality is, we have so many female leader throughout our communities already. And we have had many female leaders in the past. We just don’t hear about them. Where’s their voice and their story? This silence has affected the narrative around women across the world. Silence has plagued us because we feared sharing leadership stories. They didn’t fit stereotypical descriptions of women. Silence has been our language. We have been prevented from celebrating our achievements when socially it’s viewed as a man’s role.
“You know what I have to say to that… I, as a woman, don’t and won’t be limited by the very constrictive and narrow-minded paradigm of this thinking. Welcome to the new world folk!” – Louise O’Reilly
Now, I couldn’t leave it at only three quotes because the next couple are so good. These two bonus quote are here to inspire you.
“I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that’s me.” ―Maya Angelou
As Maya Angelou is, so too are you… Phenomenal! And…
“I am woman, hear me roar” – Helen Reddy (I am Woman)
Go out, be you completely and stand strong in your power. Everything you need is already inside you. Don’t be afraid to break out of the cage and ROAR!!
Until next time, much love, joy and peace to you.
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