Happy International Women’s Day! Today is a day to acknowledge yourself and the beautiful women in your life. It is a day to recognise the women before us for their accomplishments around the world.
Today is a day to Inspire Change:
For greater awareness of women’s equality
For more women in senior leadership roles
For increased financial independence
For equal recognition of women in the arts
For more women in science, engineering and technology For growth of women owned businesses
For fair recognition of women in sport
For equal attention, defence and respect
To celebrate the Women’s Day in 2014 here are 14 women who challenged the status quo and continue to pave the way for future generations:
“In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” Margaret Thatcher, British Priminister
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou, African-American poet
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt, political activist, former First Lady of the U.S.
“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” Janis Joplin, American singer
“Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” Michelle Obama, First Lady of the U.S.
“Woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.” Susan B. Anthony, women’s activist
“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” Oprah Winfrey, TV personality, actress, media mogul
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” Amelia Earhart, aviation pioneer
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” Helen Keller, political activist, author
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa, philanthropist, charity worker
“It isn’t where you came from, its where you’re going that counts.” Ella Fitzgerald, American Jazz Singer
“The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you!” Coco Chanel, fashion Designer
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” Audrey Hepburn, Actress and Activist
“I don’t want to be thought of as the “girl who was shot by the Taliban” but the “girl who fought for education.” This is the cause to which I want to devote my life.” Malala Yousafzai, Author and Activist