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Women’s Day Special: 10 Inspiring Quotes On Womanhood

International Women’s Day falls on March 8 every year. Having started back in the 1900s, Women’s Day was initially called “An International Working Women’s Day”. The earliest celebration was observed and held on February 28th back in 1909 in New York and was organized by the Socialist Party of America. In a few years the movement took on and on March 8th in 1917 a demonstration for women requiring higher salaries and better working standards was held in the capital of the Russian Empire, Petrograd. The United Nations began celebrating the day in 1975 and invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.

Starting 1996 the United Nations picked a topic for the event to focus and spread the word on the rising issue. In 2016 the topic was “Step It Up for Gender Equality” and this year the official theme was set to “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030″. Not just a celebration, the day has also come to be increasingly associated with feminism and equal rights for women. To celebrate womanhood, women’s changing role and equal rights, here are a few quotes from the world’s most known, strong, independent and inspiring women:

“You can be a thousand different women. It’s your choice which one you want to be. It’s about freedom and sovereignty. You celebrate who you are. You say, ‘This is my kingdom.” — Salma Hayek, Actress and Activist

“I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life.” — Hillary Clinton

“Young women should pave their own path. I find it quite confining to live up to anybody else’s expectations of who you should be.” — Jessica Alba, Actress

“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” — Beyoncé

“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” — Lady Gaga

“My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet, is that they all realize their worth and ask for it.” — Taylor Swift

“No one has ever asked an actor, you’re playing a strong-minded man, We assume that men are strong-minded, or have opinions. But a strong-minded woman is a different animal.” — Meryl Streep

“I feel like young girls are told that they have to be a princess and fragile. It’s bullshit. I identify much more with being a warrior—a fighter.” — Emma Watson

“I consider myself to be a feminist, and I’d always wanted to show that just because a woman has made a choice, a free choice to say, ‘Well, I’m going to raise my family and that’s going to be my choice. I may go back to a career, I may have a career part time, but that’s my choice.’ Doesn’t mean that that’s all she can do.” — JK Rowling, Author

“Femininity for me means happiness and freedom… freedom of being who you are in whatever shape or size you come in.” — Kate Winsleet

5 Modern-Day Female Heroes

Since the very childhood I remember choosing women as my role models. Strong, bright, self-confident women who were not afraid to challenge the status quo, and who were strong enough to stand for their rights and views. Not only for their own rights, but also for the rights of others. As a rule of thumb, such women believed that equality of genders is crucial, and the gender of a child should not be the determining factor of ones future. Such women would excite my imagination and would awake the feeling of self-confidence, which sometimes would be forgotten, especially in difficult situations as we slowly start losing hope in ourselves.

March is Women’s History Month, plus the 8th of March is an International Women’s Day - a great time to celebrate strong, courageous women and a great time to remind ourselves how brave we can be. Sometimes all we need is just a little push, and we’re only a push away from moving the mountains. Let’s have a look at the 5 modern-day living female heroes who have had positive impact on the world as well as your own life by simply standing for their own rights, and by helping others.

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

18-year-old Malala is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. At 11 years old, when Taliban told the community that girls could no longer go to school, she blogged her story for the BBC. When that wasn’t enough, she stood up in public and started giving public speeches about her as well as her peers’ right to education. Such behavior did not please Taliban which intended to shut people, and consequently Malala was shot by a gunman during her trip home from school. ”I am greater than my fear”, says Malala, sharing her story. “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world”, she says, adding that that even one voice becomes powerful when everybody else is silent.

Queen Rania of Jordan

Queen Rania quote

Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan is the Queen consort of Jordan. She’s also an educator, public speaker and youth rights’ activist. Acknowledging the power and the need of education, Queen Rania has stated that an essential aspect of education is to equip young people with the necessary skills to perform well in the workplace. She supports INJAZ Al-Arab (which was established by Save the Children), and has launched a Jordanian non-profit organization.

In 2008 she launched the “Empowering One Million Arab Youth by 2018″ campaign at the World Economic Forum in Davos. In addition to that, Queen Rania has been particularly vocal about the importance of cross-cultural and interfaith dialogue to foster greater understanding and tolerance.

Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice is an American political scientist and diplomat, who was the second person to hold office in the administration of President George W. Bush. Born in the heavily racially segregated city, she achieved greatly in life. She rose above the crowd despite racial injustice and worked tirelessly to promote peace and democracy between nations.

Condoleeza daringly reshaped foreign policy by putting the needs of America over her own. She demonstrated strict disciplice, took initiative and changed the things profoundly.

Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Roberta Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, who is responsible for leading a women’s peace movement in Liberia that helped bring Second Liberian Civil War to an end. Her efforts to end the war, along with her collaborator Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, helped usher in a period of peace and enabled a free election in 2005 that Sirleaf won. This made Liberia the first African nation to have a female president. In 2011 Leymah, along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman, were awarded Nobel Peace Prize “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn quote

I feel a little sad that people remember Audrey simply as “beautiful”, even though this talented actress has given the world a lot more than a majestic appearance in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Audrey Hepburn, the iconic beauty predominantly known for her acting and starring roles in a number of famous films has also been humanitarian. Audrey Hepburn was a daughter of a nazi sympathizer and spent her teens doing ballet to secretly raise money for the dutch resistance against the nazis. She also spent her post-film career as a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF, winning her presidential medal of freedom for her efforts.

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Be your own hero.