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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.

For more great inspiration on famous women that have changed the world, visit Pinterest.

Be your own hero.

Sheconomy, Or Women Power In Economy

According to a number of researchers, due to the fact that women consume more, they have become perfect customers. Such a finding definitely changes the target point of a number of marketers. Since women are generally more interested in their purchases and, in majority of cases would compare prices of a product they are willing to buy (whereas men would simply grab the first product they need without a comparison), it creates competitiveness among companies and makes marketers target women, making the whole economy women-oriented.

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Women – perfect customers

Sheconomy, or womeneconomy is a new term, which means a rise of economy due to women participation both internally (since women are actively participating in business and their earnings have increased substantially) and externally (consumption and consumerism). Women have become earners, adding a marginal amount to family’s budget. Not only have they become earners, but also competitors: in majority of cases one could see that women have started earning more than men. One could easily observe that woman’s role in a society is changing: a couple of decades ago it was still surprising that a women would rather choose career over having children and, after all, would manage a successful competitive career with a rewarding pay. Surprisingly enough, it is said that about a third of women outearn their husbands and, even better, when it comes to young people in their 20s, in metropolitan areas women earn 108% than their male counterparts! A greater income and a marginal income addition to family’s budget, without a doubt, is letting women to spend more as well.

According to Time’s article, “The Rise of the Sheconomy”, women are the true customer and best consumer to win. Women have gotten equal, if not greater, decision power in family in a “normal” household. Women would purchase more not only from her own, but also from her husbands account because women control purchasing of the household. According to Belinda Luscombe, “the purse strings are held by women”.

More female entrepreneurs

The boom of female entrepreneurs has probably started about 10 years ago and is still an ongoing activity. Women realized that giving a birth to a child should not restrain their talents and career abilities. Yet in many working places would would be penalized for a “longer than usual” maternity leave. Yet have you ever compared the length of maternity leave all around the world? It’s crazy that in such countries as US a woman can only have 12 weeks off, whereas in Sweden it’s 420 days (more than a year!). It definitely is surprising, especially since Scandinavian countries promote the equality between men and women and in Sweden, just like Denmark, where women are simply expected to work. One major breadwinner in Scandinavia does not exist since Scandinavian social structure emphasizes equality - both partners are expected to work and contribute to family’s budget.

Female competitiveness was probably activated by education and general willingness to study. According to numerous researches, it has been found that younger women are more ambitious than younger men, which results in significant gains in their labor force participation and educational attainment. Even though percentage of educated men and women are nearly the same, it still is visible that women have better education than men, which leads them to better employment opportunities. There are many more women enrolled and graduating from universities than men. In Denmark in 2011, about 19 percent of women and only 10 percent of men have got higher academic education and have completed Bachelors degree. It is said that the sharp distinction has started 2 decades ago, when a number of women chose to have higher education and, consequently, better employemnt opportunities when graduated. However, the difference between working women and men in the labor market over the past decade has narrowed. Last year, in 2012 Danish Ministry of Employment has presented a an Annual Report where it says that 8 out of 10 women with skills and training are currently at work, whereas out of same number, 10, only 5 men are at work. Besides, Danish women have the second highest female employment in the European Union. Yet one more thing that can be observed in Denmark: women with better education have less children. for the population with only 5,5 million inhabinants it could be quite harmful… Where does the data and our current educational and working choices lead us to? Make conclusions yourself.

If you are curious about entrepreneurship and sheconomy, visit http://www.she-conomy.com/ 

 

Women Who Left A Mark In History

You probably know these historical women by name, but do you know why they’re famous? In honor of the International Women’s Day (8th of March) the following feature was made to commemorate these wonderful women.

Karen von Blixen-Finecke

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Karen Blixen Courtesy of Keith Miller (hiddenmagnolias.blogspot.dk)

When she lived: 17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962.  Karen Christenze Dinesen was a Danish author also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen. She also wrote under the pen names Osceola and Pierre Andrézel. Blixen wrote works in Danish, French, and English.

Fact: Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, her account of living in Kenya, and one of her stories, Babette’s Feast, both of which have been adapted into highly acclaimed, Academy Award-winning motion pictures. Prior to the release of the first film, she was noted for her Seven Gothic Tales, for which she is also known in Denmark.

Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, described it as “a mistake” that Blixen was not awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature during the 1930s.[1] She never did win, though she finished in third place behind Graham Greene in 1961, the year Ivo Andrić was awarded the prize.

Quote: ”The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” – The Deluge at Norderney, Seven Gothic Tales, 1934

 

Catherine the Great

Catherine

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When she lived: In the 18th century, Catherine the Great, or Catherine II, was born as Yekaterina Alexeyevna in Russia in 1729.

Fact: As the longest standing female ruler in Russia, Catherine the Great was, indeed, quite great in her time. Catherine was hardly a lady who ran her kingdom from a gilded gold chair — as a leader on the front lines of many a battle and war, Catherine proved herself time and time again as a force to be reckoned with, pushing the Russian Empire at the time, into its position as one of the strongest powers in Europe. In addition, Catherine the Great is known for bringing Western ideals into the lives of Russians, including funding the first college of sorts, for Russian women.

Quote: “A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.”

 

Eleanor Roosevelt

Image credit: Library of Congress

Image credit: Library of Congress

When she lived: The niece of Theodore Roosevelt, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born in 1884 and lived until 1962.

Fact: Best known as the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (they were actually distant cousins!), Eleanor was, without a doubt, one of the most outspoken and prominent First Ladies that has ever been in the White House. As a First Lady to a President who suffered from polio, Mrs. Roosevelt took a larger role in the politics of the Presidency than First Ladies before her had. She was known for taking public stances on the rights of women and children and stood against racial discrimination.

Quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

 

Harriet Tubman

Image credit: Library of Congress

Image credit: Library of Congress

When she lived: Living nearly a century, Harriet Tubman, born Araminta Harriet Ross, was born in 1820, passing away in 1913.

Fact: Harriet Tubman has a long list of world-changing headlines on her resume. After escaping the clutches of slavery in 1849, Harriet rescued countless others from the same fate, operating the Underground Railroad, the secret passageway from the South into Pennsylvania in the North, which was a free state at the time.

Quote: “I freed thousands of slaves, and could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.”

 

Marie Curie

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Image credit: Pubic Domain via Wikimedia Commons

When she lived: Born in Poland in 1867, Marie Sklodowska, lived until 1934, alongside her husband, Pierre Curie.

Fact: If you have daughters, this is a woman in history who will inspire them to break through the gender lines. Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1903, as well as the only woman to win the award for more than one category. She is, without a doubt, the most famous woman scientist in history, especially for her work with radioactive materials.

Quote: “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

 

Rosa Parks

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Image credit: Pubic Domain via Wikimedia Commons

When she lived: The most recent historical woman on our list, Rosa Parks was born in 1913, living until 2005.

Fact: A woman who lived so recently that she easily could have been one of our grandparents, Rosa Parks is famous for standing up for Civil Rights, refusing to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama during the height of racial segregation in our nation in 1955. Her refusal led to her arrest, bus boycotts, protests and, eventually, legal actions that declared segregation laws to be unconstitutional. Rosa Parks’ brave actions and the resulting bus boycotts in the name of Civil Rights for all, regardless of race, led to the rise of another well-known historical figure, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was in the days after Ms. Parks’ refusal to give up her seat that he was elected as the head of the newly-formed Montgomery Improvement Association.

Quote: “Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.”

 

Susan B. Anthony

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Image credit: Pubic Domain via Wikimedia Commons

When she lived: With a life that spanned the 1800s, Susan B. Anthony was born in 1820 and passed away just after the turn of the century in 1906.

Fact: The most significant leader in the fight for women’s suffrage, Susan B. Anthony actually began her work as an activist during her involvement in the fight against slavery. American women today should say a little thanks to Ms. Anthony each time they vote — she was the one who secured the right for all of us!

Quote: “I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anyone on Earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.”

 

There are so many important women in history, far too many to list here! For them too we wish to make this small statement, and seek inspiration and role models like them.