100th Anniversary of International Woman’s Day

March 8, 2011 Marks the 100th anniversary of International Woman’s Day. Women are creators, nurturers & perhaps the least appreciated for all that they carry on their shoulders. As women throughout the world continue to fight for equal rights or any rights at all as respected human beings deserving of freedom, we must remember to give praises due  to the  Women of the World. Through it all we rise & make the world a better place for all!

Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. to highlight women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights . The head of the new U.N. women’s agency said there has been ”remarkable progress” since International Women’s Day was first celebrated a century ago but gender equality remains a distant goal because women still suffer widespread discrimination and lack political and economic clout…”Read More

As we celebrate women all over the world today , let us not forget that women continue to face adversity, obstacles & tribulations head on while holding our head high as givers of birth, nurturers of humanity & global leaders & champions of the earth. We are phenomenal women in all shades,shapes & makeups! Opportunities for women are opportunities for the world! Women united will never be defeated! Do something kind for the women in your life today & everyday- A woman’s work is never done!

We are powerful because we have survived.–Audre Lorde

International Women’s Day can be traced back to the women’s suffrage movement in the late nineteenth century. Over two centuries, women achieved tremendous progress in every walk of life. Women’s emancipation took new meaning when women traveled to space, and fought alongside men at battlefields.

Yet we find many pockets in the world, where women are suppressed and demeaned. Gender bias exists at every social stratum, even in the most developed societies. In some regions, patriarchal societies diminish the role of women in important matters. This masochist thinking has brought about a serious economic and social downfall.

Whether you are a woman or man, you must know that International Women’s Day celebrates your emancipation. Had it not been for women’s emancipation, free thinking would be impossible. An educated woman can raise intelligent children, which in turn creates a self-reliant society. Celebrate the spirit of womanhood with insightful International Women’s Day quotes. Reach out to your women friends and touch their life with these International Women’s Day quotes.SOURCE

Women are the real architects of society” Harriet Beecher Stowe

God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I’ve ever met” Farrah Fawcett

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission” Eleanor Roosevelt

The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world” Charles Malik

Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels” Faith Whittlesey

A charming woman doesn’t follow the crowd. She is herself” Loretta Young

The history of all times, and of today especially, teaches that women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves” Louise Otto

A free race cannot be born of slave mothers” Margaret Sanger

Whatever glory belongs to the race for a development unprecedented in history for the given length of time, a full share belongs to the womanhood of the race” Mary Mcleod Bethune

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman” Margaret Thatcher

Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand beside us, fight with us” Christabel Pankhurst

The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it” Roseanne Barr

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else” Erma Bombeck

Dream the dreams that have never been dreamt” David Bower

Women are leaders everywhere you look — from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes” Nancy Pelosi

Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the President’s spouse. I wish him well!” Barbara Bush

Sometimes The King Is a Woman” James De La Vega

Men who want to support women in our struggle for freedom & justice should understand that it is not terrifically important to us that they learn to cry; it is important to us that they stop the crime of violence against us”  Andrea Dworkin

History is “herstory” too” -Author Unknown

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, together women ought to be able to turn it right side up again.” -Sojourner Truth (1851)

I’ve yet to be on a campus where most women weren’t worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I’ve yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing.” -Gloria Steinem

For the four or five years surrounding the birth of Ms., I was traveling and speaking as a team with a black feminist partner: first Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a child-care pioneer, then lawyer Florynce Kennedy, and finally activist Margaret Sloan. By speaking together at hundreds of public meetings, we hoped to widen a public image of the women’s movement created largely by its first homegrown media event, The Feminine Mystique…. Despite the many early reformist virtues of The Feminine Mystique, it had managed to appear at the height of the civil rights movement with almost no reference to black women or other women of color. It was most relevant to the problems of the white well-educated suburban homemakers who were standing by their kitchen sinks justifiably wondering if there weren’t ‘more to life than this.’ As a result, white-middle-class movement had become the catch phrase of journalists describing feminism in the United States…, and divisions among women were still deep.” Gloria Steinem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (1983), pp. 5-6

We are now having to contend with a different kind of power — not just racism, classism and sexism, but something new in our communities; this corporate fever that has hit all over the country. The idea of “compete, compete, compete” without regard for the context in which we are supposed to be competing. Any societal structure — government, business, education — exists to serve humanity. This philosophy of competition for the sake of competition and open-ended growth is killing America. We, as African-Americans and other people of color in this country can ill afford to take it on. We are the last people in the position to buy this false, empty sense of power and think we can survive it.” Dorothy Hughes Pitman quote from her book Wake Up and Smell the Dollars –Whose Inner City is it Anyway!