International Women’s Day Quotes
I don’t know about you but I love a good motivational quote. When I’m having a rough time, I like to think about one of my favourite ever quotes from the wonderful Michelle Obama – “Every scar you have is a reminder not only that you got hurt, but that you survived”. If I’ve had a bad day at work or I’m feeling like I’m not the mum I want to be I think about her and this quote. Sometimes it’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. She is such an inspiration to me, and I think if Michelle can do it then so can I. So in celebration I’ve put together a collection of International Women’s Day quotes to help inspire you on our day to rise.
International Women’s Day – What’s it all about?
Before I get into my favourite quotes I thought I’d share some of the history of how this day came to be. These days International Women’s Day (as the name would suggest) is celebrated all over the world. It’s a day of global celebration where we all call for gender equality. The great thing about International Women’s Day is that no one organisation is responsible for it. Generally there is a theme for the day, this year it’s #PressForProgress.
The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report says that we’re still over 200 years away from equality! So we need to make sure that we don’t get complacent and keep pushing for women’s rights and gender parity. Over the past few months the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns have brought sexual assault to the forefront of our minds, and we need to put that momentum to good use and ensure that it becomes a rarity, not the common occurrence it seems to have been over the decades.
International Women’s Day has been around in some way since the 1900’s.
In 1909 the first National Women’s Day took place in the USA, backed by the Socialist Party of America, on 23rd Feb. It continued to be celebrated on the last Sunday in February until 1913.
In 1913 that International Women’s Day was moved to 8th March and has been marked on that day ever since. International Women’s Day became a day for women all across Europe to get together and to protest against the war and on behalf of other causes. In 1914 there was march in London to support women’s suffrage.
In 1975 International Women’s Day was celebrated by the United Nations and in 1996 it started choosing a theme for each year.
As I mentioned before this year it’s ‘Press For Progress’; in recent years it’s been ‘Equality for Women is Progress for All’ and ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030’. So the underlying message is the same, equality for women, but the chosen themes give it a focus for each year.
A Day of Reflection
For me International Women’s Day is a day to reflect on how far women’s rights have come, but also to think about how far we have still to go until we reach true equality. Though today is a day to celebrate women, the fight for equality won’t be over until ALL people are equal. That includes people of all ages, genders, sexualities and races.
International Women’s Day Quotes
A woman should be two things: who and what she wants – Coco Chanel
There is no limit to what we as women can accomplish – Michelle Obama
When the whole world is silent even one voice becomes powerful – Malala Yousafzai
Nothing can dim the light that shines from within – Maya Angelou
The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet – Mohadesa Najumi
Men don’t age better than women they are just allowed to age – Carrie Fisher
I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves – Mary Wollstonecraft
Never confuse a woman’s meekness for weakness – Margaret Attwood
It’s about being alive and feisty and not sitting down and shutting up even though people would like you to – Pink
Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry – Gloria Steinem
I’m not bossy, I’m the boss – Beyonce
For most of history anonymous was a woman – Virginia Wolff
If you stand for equality, then you’re a feminist. Sorry to tell you – Emma Watson
My International Women’s Day Quotes
There will be days when you’re full of self doubt. There may be days when you think you can’t face the day. You think you’re too fat, too thin, not pretty enough. And that’s OK. No-one is perfect, we’re all flawed in some way – it’s what makes us human. The important thing is that you pick yourself up, dust yourself down and keep going. Nothing worth having comes easily.
What are your favourite motivational quotes? Leave me a comment and let me know.
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