More and more, we women are being challenged to speak up for ourselves. We don’t need politicians and law-makers, powerful men and lots of money. Women around the world are learning to use their voices to ask, nay demand, their rights.
Today, we share with some powerful voices that have spoken for women, in the past.
“There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”
—Susan B. Anthony, Declaration of Rights for Women, July 1876, USA
“I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was for it regardless of the possible outcome.”
—Golda Meir, an Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, politician and the fourth Prime Minister of Israel
“I think the key is for women not to set any limits.”
— Martina Navratilova, a retired Czech and American tennis player and coach.
“In my heart, I think a woman has two choices: either she’s a feminist or a masochist.”
—Gloria Steinem, an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader of, and spokeswoman for, the feminist movement in the late 1960s and 1970s.
“We still live in a world in which a significant fraction of people, including women, believe that a woman belongs and wants to belong exclusively in the home.”
—Rosalyn Sussman, Nobel Prize-winning medical physicist
Sisters: talk to each other, be connected and informed, form women’s circles, share your stories, work together, and take risks. Together we are invincible.
– Isabel Allende, a Chilean-American writer.
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
— Rosa Parks, African-American civil rights activist
Get over the feeling that the two words don’t go together–women and power. The fact is, if we don’t put the two together and don’t understand how power changes complexion in the hands of women, then we’re not going to make it. We have to own our personal power.
-Jane Fonda, an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru.
In many countries, they do not even keep track of how girls are doing in school, or if they are there at all. If we say, ‘Girls count,’ then we must count girls, so we can see if we are really making progress in educating every girl.
– Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.
We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. It may even be necessary to encounter the defeat so that we can know who we are. So that we can see, “Oh, that happened, and I rose. I did get knocked down flat in front of the whole world, and I rose. I didn’t run away; I rose right where I’d been knocked down.” That’s how you get to know yourself.
Use Your Voice Today
This Women’s Day, we challenge you to use your voice to speak about #womenslives, not just today, but all the time. Let us take to heart the words of Audre Lorde, a Caribbean-American writer, radical feminist, womanist, lesbian, and civil rights activist.
I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.
As writers and bloggers, we are duty bound to write on behalf of the millions of voiceless women. Let us pledge to do so honestly and diligently.
Happy Women’s Day! Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them!
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