Thursday March 6, 2014
Women have come a long way since the suffragist movement. They have climbed peaks, explored deep oceans, fought shoulder to shoulder -- on battlefields and in boardrooms, shaken establishments, and achieved outstanding success in various roles.
Yet, women continue to be treated as second-class citizens. Many women face sexual harassment in the workplace, and at home. At the workplace, women receive lower remuneration than their male counterparts. In many cases, women miss out on job opportunities due to gender discrimination.
Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan said, "When women thrive, all of society benefits, and succeeding generations are given a better start in life." The path to progress is two-sided. You can't move forward when half of the population is treated unjustly.
This Women's Day make it a mission to fight for the cause of women. A small effort can go a long way. Start by posting International Women's Day quotes on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. Celebrate the women in your life, and recognize their effort. Get a deeper understanding of women's issues, and extend your support to them.
Enjoy these Women's Day quotes:
Thursday March 6, 2014
Last year, United Nations released its first song on the theme of Women's Day titled One Woman. Music artists, across the globe, participated in this maiden attempt to inspire and unite women. Music speaks the language of the soul, and indeed the song touched a chord deep within.
As members of a civilized society, we need to extend a helping hand to women who are deprived of basic rights and privileges. For 2014, the UN has set the theme for Women's Day as: "Equality for women is progress for all." Let us endeavor to build a society where equality is not just in letter, but also in spirit.
Here are Women's Day quotes to make your celebration special. Enjoy!
Saturday March 1, 2014
When you look at the pictures of former South African President Nelson Mandela, smiling and waving at crowds, you can't help wondering how this docile, genteel man could have spent three decades behind bars to protest against apartheid.
If you have watched the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, you will feel the pain that Mandela had to undergo as the lone torchbearer against the might of a racist government. However, Mandela's life is not just about pain. It is a story of the triumph of human spirit that can overcome all odds, however unfairly stacked up against you. It is the story of faith, hope, and forgiveness. Nelson Mandela showed the world that one man could make a difference in the world, if he cares enough.
Nelson Mandela left for his heavenly abode on December 5, 2013. On that day, the world stood still as a mark of respect for the gentle giant. Dignitaries from around the world attended the funeral. Prince Charles described Mr. Mandela as the "embodiment of courage and reconciliation."
American President Barack Obama, in his tribute speech, said, "We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. So it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set: to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice."
Famous TV personality Oprah Winfrey said, "One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela's home, spend private time and get to know him. He was everything you've ever heard and more -- humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time."
Read these Nelson Mandela quotes and bring about a change in your life. Wake up to your responsibilities towards your nation, your family, and friends. Believe in yourself. Here are some inspirational quotes on greatness.
Saturday March 1, 2014
You need an intrepid writer like Stephen King to tell you what writing is all about. In his famous book On Writing: Memoirs of the Craft, King minces no words. "Fear is at the root of most bad writing."
This is just another way to use the famous maxim, "The pen is mightier than the sword." However gallant that may sound, many writers shy away from brutal honesty because they fear the power of the written word. The pen is often wielded to write flowery prose, a veiled sycophancy in reality. But it is not used as often to bring down establishments. No wonder Stephen King prophetically states that a writer needs to overcome his or her fear to be able to write well.
Mark Twain was a famous writer who knew how to wield the power of words. His insults could cut through tough hide. Kurt Vonnegut was another knight with shining words. If you love words, wield them with power. Use meaningful quotes, speak fearlessly, and don't hide behind bombastic words. If you have a passion for writing, use these inspirational quotes about writing to give you a nudge in the right direction. Also read quotes on words to learn the importance of the written word.