International Women’s Day is celebrated across the world on March 8th. It’s a day to appreciate women in your lives and also celebrate their achievements. It is a day of hope, reflection and a celebration of gender parity in all walks of life. International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s and has since then grown from strength to strength every year.
International Women’s Day 2019 focuses on balancing for better because equality is key. The theme is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, puts innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality.
According to a statement by UN Women, achieving a gender-equal world requires social innovations that work for both women and men and leave no one behind. From urban planning that focuses on community safety to e-learning platforms that take classrooms to women and girls, affordable and quality childcare centers and technology shaped by women, innovation can take the race for gender equality to its finishing line by 2030.
To honor the women in your lives – your mother, sister, wife, daughter, relative, friend or colleague, here are some quotes by powerful women of the world that you can to send them to inspire and empower them.
1. “Human rights are not things that are put on the table for people to enjoy. These are things you fight for and then you protect.” – Wangari Maathai, Late Nobel Laurette, and Environmental Activist.
2.”No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” – Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States.
3.”If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman”- Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
4.”Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” – Beyonce Knowles – Carter, Multiple Grammy Award-Winning Singer.
5.”I tell my daughters to have their voice in this world, and it became clear I needed to role-model that.” – Melinda Gates, Co-Founder, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
6.”When you educate a woman, you set her free.” – Oprah Winfrey, Media mogul.
7. “We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced” – MalalaYousafzai, Nobel peace prize winner.
These uplifting quotes from powerful men and women speak of their experience and assure that women around the world have had to go through similar struggles to reach gender parity and fight for their rights and freedom.