I have always adored (and I mean adored by: jot it down in my journal) quotes ever since I was in school.
Mind you, back then the majority of them were related to my soul search…buttttt there was some life-inspiring ones (pulling my better version) thrown into the mix.
Over the years my collection has grown, and now some of my very favorites center around kindness and sisterhood: aka, women supporting women.
REAL ME + INSPIRATIONAL BACKING= STRONG WOMAN
Sometimes, all you need is a good quote to kick some inspiration into your day.
Who doesn’t want to feel inspired?
Here are my top 21 women supporting women quotes that inspire me, give me goosebumps and make me wanna go gather a tribe of women, cheer each other on, lift each other and I hope they have this effect on you too!
“Do not wait for leaders, do it alone person to person.”
“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”-Susan B. Anthony
“My mother told me to be a lady, and for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.”
-Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” -Maya Angelou
“You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll Rise.”
“I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy to be told that she has leadership skill.”
“At 70 years old, if I could give my younger self one piece of advice it would be to use the word “fuck off” much more frequently.”
“My favorite thing about girl power is that over time it turns into women power.” -Cleo Wade
“The point is not for women simply to take power out of man’s hand, since that won’t change anything about the world. It’s a question precisely of destroying that notion of power.” -Simone De Beauvoir
“Before the moon I am, what a woman is, a woman of power, a woman’s power, deeper than the roots of trees, deeper than the roots of islands, older than the Making, older than the moon.” —Ursula K. Le Guin
“But there’s wisdom in women, of more than they have known,
And thoughts go blowing through them, are wiser than their own.”
“Be messy and complicated and afraid and show up anyway.” -Glennon Doyle. Melton
“I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. … We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”
“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.”
“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”
“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe you must become its soul.”
-Coretta Scott King
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” -Nora Ephron
“There is a stubbornness about me that can never bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”
“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” -J.K.Rowling
“The success of every woman should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” -Serena Williams
INSPIRATION IS A BAR, NOT A LIMIT, WHICH NEEDS TO BE RAISED.
Advocate for a leadership model that incorporates the skills, intelligence, and talents of women, to tackle worldly challenges.
CALLING OF ALL THE CHALLENGES OF THE 21st CENTURY-
The challenges of the 21st century, whether it is, climate change, the environment, an aging population, talent development, social inequities, telecommuting, new technologies.
Among the above-mentioned factors, the HEALTH factor hasn’t left any stones to turn, letting us know that:
‘we require a new multi-dimensional style of leadership because the challenges ahead of us require the contributions of everyone.’
COVID-19 was highly contagious, unpredictable, and deadly, even with an aggressive public policy response in China.
By the end of February, leaders across the globe were looking at the same facts,
‘as an invisible and dangerous enemy was fast approaching.’
Leaders of cities, states, and countries faced an unprecedented test. As:
⚡what to do?
⚡How to prepare and respond?
2021 THEME- International Women’s Day
“WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP: ACHIEVING AN EQUAL FUTURE IN A COVID-19 WORLD”
The theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ones who passed this test with flying colors are, ‘disproportionately women’. This is even though they make up only 7% of heads of state.
In short, they flattened the curve and controlled and prevented new cases.
The theme of #IWD2021 is also aligned with the priority theme of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women,
“Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”.
WOMEN AS LEADERS
The More Things Change, the More It’s the Same Thing:
“Women and men remain categorized according to their sexual roles; women have community behaviors and men have so-called self-determination or individualistic behaviors. The leadership style attributed to men is considered normal and acceptable, but when women seek to make it theirs by displaying characteristics such as assertiveness, tenacity, and competitiveness, they no longer fit the stereotypical definition that has been devolved to them.”
To all the women who are told that you are-
These stereotypes have held us back for far too long. On 8th March #IWD2021, claim your seat at the table with #ChooseToChange .
WOMEN LEADERS DURING COVID-19
Countries with women leaders at the helm seem to have handled the coronavirus pandemic significantly better than their male counterparts.
Moreover, an important facet the study highlighted is the fact that:
In the initial three months of the pandemic in female-led countries saved nearly two times more lives than those run by male leaders despite having similar numbers of cases.
Women leaders were less willing to take risks to wither the lives. Concurrently, they were:
“more willing to take risks in the domain of the economy”.
Imposed a nationwide lockdown significantly earlier than male leaders.
The research paper reasoned that this may be due to, “the proactive and coordinated policy responses” adopted by female leaders, like:
✨New Zealand – Jacinda Ardern
✨Bangladesh – Sheikh Hasina
✨Germany – Angela Merkel
✨Denmark – Mette Frederiksen
✨Taiwan – Tsai Ing-Wen
WOMEN AT GROUND LEVEL DURING COVID-19
Existence of women at ground level, during COVID-19:
⚡Women make up to 70% of the workers on the frontline.
⚡Took public transportation to serve us, further exposing them to infection.
⚡At home, they were caregivers which even was overstretching.
What women seek or even deserve in return:
✨Support to release their stress
✨Fight against a spike in gender-based violence
✨Strength for financial standing
On the 8th of March let the world know- “What we want”, we want-
✨Our seat on the table
March is a #WomensHistoryMonth Stand together with all your leadership qualities to celebrate the women, on whose shoulders we stand tall, to thank their courage and persistence we have come so far.
In pandemic time, we all must have learned to stay positive somehow. The most promising thing I have started believing is that-
‘whatsoever your day has been, whatsoever your night has been. Doesn’t matter!’
Your morning and nighttime should have to be positive, energetic, fresh, new, upgraded, satisfying, happy and all possible synonymous with good.
Now you can imagine, what extent of positivity I’m talking about.
This habit of mine, of keep portraying to myself that everything is alright, every single time pushed me towards positivity.
And now, the one thing I can really upon for my existence or you may say survival is positivity in your aura, the best knowledge of vibes.
Whether it was my morning yoga, stretching, bedtime yoga, meditation, keep sitting on my balcony reading self-help books, enjoying the view of free birds, watching everyone fighting the same crisis, learning new creative skills, getting more serious about taking care of my body inside out.
From all that what added self before my love, one among them all is-
✨what do I eat?
✨when do I eat?
✨How much I should eat?
It just felt like talking out, why I wanted to share this simple and healthy breakfast with you.
PAPAYA BANANA SMOOTHIE IN A BOWL
Papaya Banana Smoothie is a delicious, healthy, and superfood smoothie loaded with protein, vitamins, and minerals to boost the immune system!
Have this in the morning before or after a heavy workout, or take it as a refreshing and filling breakfast!
Frozen papaya- 2 cups
Frozen banana – 1/2
Milk- 2 cups
✨Papaya lowers cholesterol
✨Rich in fiber
✨Aids in weight loss
✨Improves the digestion
✨Good for the eyes
✨Loaded with antioxidants
✨Can help reduce inflammation
✨Loaded with vitamins A, C, E, and K
✨Has a great amount of calcium, magnesium, and B vitamins
Keep a strong grip, while opening the mixer jar after the blend, because the frozen stuff creates a lot more pressure inside the jar. Otherwise, you would end up spilling the stuff here and there.
If you missed it, did you saw the spelling of papaya- banana? Quite silly, just like my observation.
LEARN TO STAY HAPPY, REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES.
SENDING LOTS OF LOVE.
WOMEN’S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS
As the now-famous saying goes, “women’s rights are human rights.” That is to say,
‘women are entitled to all of these rights, yet almost everywhere around the world, women and girls are still denied them, often simply because of their gender.’
Women are girls are leaders, change-makers, caretakers, and peacekeepers.
But why they have an opposing power of society. To date, women and girls are still forced to fight for their rights.
WHAT DOES WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS CONSIST OF?
Winning rights for women is about more than giving opportunities to any individual woman or girl.
✨Changing how countries and communities work
✨Changing laws and policies
✨Winning hearts and minds
✨Investing in strong women’s organizations and movements
UN’s PERSPECTIVE ON, WHAT CONSTITUTES WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS?
Women’s rights are the fundamental human rights that were enshrined by the United Nations for every human being on the planet nearly 70 years ago.
These rights include:
The right to live free from-
The right to-
✨Earn a fair and equal wage
🌼How much progress we have achieved?
🌼How much work remains?
🌼How can you be a part of to fight for equal rights?
We need to look at the journey of women’s human rights.
JOURNEY OF WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS
I. WOMEN FIGHT FOR EQUAL RIGHTS FROM CENTURIES
➡ 400BC, Greece- Agnofice defies norms to practice gynecology.
➡ 1691, MEXICO- Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz defends women’s education.
II. WATERSHED MOMENT FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS
➡1848, UNITED STATES- The Declaration of Sentiments is signed at the Seneca falls convention.
(Where women activists publically petitioned for their civil, social, political, and religious rights.)
➡ 1893, NEW ZEALAND- Women are granted the right to vote.
III. IN 20th CENTURY
➡ 1911, AUSTRIA, DENMARK, GERMANY, and SWITZERLAND- First International Women’s Day is marked in Europe.
➡ 1927, INDIA- The All India Women’s Conference convenes for the first time.
➡ 1951, UNITED KINGDOM- Rosalind Franklin lights the way to the double helix theory. (innovation)
IV. FORMATION OF UNITED NATIONS, 1948
➡ 1964- The establishment of the commission on the status of women.
➡ 1975- The first World Conference on women.
➡ 1979- CEDAW: the “international women’s bill of rights”.
➡ 2010- The establishment of UN Women.
In the subsequent decades just as the women were taking strong positions in government, women activists stood tall at the worldwide level by becoming powerful symbols of feminist resistance and social change.
V. MOMENTUM CAME TO A CLIMAX
➡ 1995, CHINA- The UN’s Fourth World Conference on Women held in Bejing.
(189 countries and 17,000 participants)
Providing a visionary agenda for women and girls’ rights.
VI. 21st CENTURY
With arise of the digital world, social media emerges as a crucial tool to galvanize populations in divide against injustice.
Single woman’s voice is now louder than ever.
Grassroots activities trigger social movements online and offline, from cities to villages, inspiring the future generation of women and girl leaders.
Due to the relentless campaigning, these movements(#MeToo) have generated change in policies which bought a huge shift towards international attitude and practice towards equal rights ( decriminalization of homosexuality).
VII. WHERE ARE WE NOW?
A quarter-century after the Beijing declaration, women and men are mobilized together to overcome the remaining obstacles to GENDER EQUALITY.
We must fight for:
✨An end to gender-based violence
✨Access to health care
✨Equal participation in political life
THE INK ISN’T DRY, BE A PART OF GENERATION EQUALITY.
It’s time for her- the need for more women at the political table.
A topic like this (women in politics) requires views than statistics. A few years back I have heard a TED talk about- ” why we have too few women leaders?”. It came to my mind when I heard Meghan Markle talking at UN Women few years back.
I started my research work, listening to some more TED talks, I look what I found.
I heard a TEDx Trinity College Dublin, by Martina Fitzgerald, where she was talking over a question, a radio presenter asked her, that –
‘do you think that more women are progressing in politics without sufficient knowledge and experience, hinting that women are there only because of their gender’?
Unhesitant Martina counter questioned him in the reply-” have you ever asked that of a man.”
I think if I would have been at Martina’s place, I would have done the same, undoubtedly.
In 1916, the American essayist Agnes Repplier wrote that
“democracy forever teases us with the contrast between its ideals and its realities, between its heroic possibilities and its sorry achievements.”
For advocates of gender equality, this tension feels familiar.
THE CHANGE- wave of democratization.
LEAD BY WOMEN
Women around the world have made major political strides at unprecedented rates:
✨ Running political offices
LEAD BY STATES
Countries have adopted:
(establishing a de facto ceiling on women’s representation that has proven difficult to breakthrough)
✨Modifying social norms
(eg. Americans of both political stripes prefer gender-balanced decision-making bodies.)
THE STAGNATION- inflicts hardships
Women’s increased presence in political institutions has not necessarily led to meaningful change, as in:
⚡Fundamental problems in women’s everyday lives
(financial hurdles and unequal caregiving burdens to gender stereotypes and violence)
⚡Women’s continued underrepresentation
(as in suggestions that female candidates lack confidence, skills, or networks)
WHAT DOES GENDER EQUAL DEMOCRACY TAKE?
⚡Transforming institutions that have been built on exclusion.
⚡Tackling the entrenched barriers that discourage women from engaging in electoral politics and make it harder for them to succeed.
⚡Viewing the political participation of marginalized groups not as a desirable add-on but as a central benchmark of democratic health.
WHAT WOULD SHIFT LOOK LIKE IN PRACTICE?
I. HIGHLIGHT MEN’S POLITICAL OVERREPRESENTATION
It would redirect attention from women’s underrepresentation to the processes and networks that perpetuate men’s political misrepresentation.
II. BRIDGE BETWEEN POLITICAL and SOCIO-ECONOMIC POWER
Policymakers would pay greater attention to the links between political and socio-economic power.
Initiatives promoting women’s economic empowerment that sidesteps women’s rights and political mobilization are unlikely to bring about much-needed systemic change.
III. HAVE BACK OF THE WOMEN MOVEMENTS
Women’s movements would receive much more significant and sustained support.
Over the past few years, women have been at the forefront of political change around the world:
✨From protesting discriminatory citizenship laws in India
✨To rallying against gender-based violence in Mexico and Chile.
Now it’s time for politics to make some changes for women.
CHANGE IS NEVER BEEN EASY, and EVEN INEVITABLE.
IT’S TIME FOR US TO STAND AS AN INDIVIDUAL- FOR OURSELVES, FOR THE ONE WE SHARE OUR WORKSPACE WITH AND FOR OUR DAUGHTERS (UPCOMING GENERATION).