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:
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!
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.
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.
Do appearances matter? Does your attire change your personality? This can be an interesting conversation, especially in the wake of LeBron James' masked look in the recent basketball game against the New York Knicks.
It was just a mask LeBron wore that took Twitter by storm, with people gushing about LeBron's new look. But somehow, fans couldn't help noticing that James was playing like a dream. Just the way Jim Carrey portrayed his character in The Mask.
I was reminded of a scene in the movie The Amazing Spider-Man, in which Andrew Garfield, the actor who played SpiderMan, tells a boy whom he is saving from a burning car to wear his Spider-Man mask. "Put it on. It's gonna make you strong," he says as he desperately tries to calm the scared boy.
Have you noticed how a pair of smart shoes or a beautiful dress boosts your self-esteem? Have you seen how others treat you differently when you carry yourself with confidence? Cinderella wore a fabulous gown to the ball, which gave her the courage to dance with the handsome Prince. I guess there is some merit in the famous Shakespeare quote, "Clothes maketh the man."
Only the NBA can decide whether masks can become an acceptable accessory in basketball attire. While they do, read this collection of famous basketball quotes.
It is said that if you walked on the streets of Panama City in Florida, you'd bump into a divorcee in less than a minute. If you threw a stone in any random direction in Florida, chances are that you would hit a newly split. Florida, the city of sunshine, golden beaches, and party joints, also boasts of heartbreak. Famous sportsman Tiger Woods had moved his divorce case filing to Panama City.
Las Vegas, the city of quick nuptials is also known for its equally quick breakups. Divorce rate is quite high in all of Nevada, including Las Vegas. So much for "happily ever after."
Why do some cities have a higher divorce rate than the others? It's economics. With the high legal fees, one needs to shell out for a divorce, couples think twice before heading to court. New York is the most expensive city as far as attorney fees are concerned. It's no wonder that the city claims to have the lowest divorce rates.
Divorce has nothing to do with women's emancipation. Divorce is a byproduct of a stressful, fast-paced, competitive life, eroding family values, and the shifting sands of social ethos. Changing lifestyle and lack of communication also contribute to greater friction. The need of the hour is patience and family love. Families need to bond by spending quality time with each other. The focus of social life should be the family, and not the outside world.
Before you consider splitting up, read these divorce quotes. Gain insight from the experiences of the ones who have been down that road.
However, if divorce is inevitable, it is best to let go of the pain. Read funny divorce quotes to distract you. Share these funny divorce quotes with your friends, as you narrate your own experiences to them.
With NBA Games heating up, basketball enthusiasts are working out the dynamics to figure out which team will take the lead. The hot favorites being the Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder and of course, the Los Angeles Clippers.
Basketball has evolved over the years. From the time basketball was invented by James Naismith in 1891, to the current basketball played by the NBA or FIBA, basketball has come a long way. Giants like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, and Larry Bird have contributed immensely to the sport.
Walk down memory lane with these Larry Bird quotes. His words packed a lot of punch whether he was on court or outside. If you enjoy basketball, relive the best moments with these basketball sayings from the best basketball players. Also grab some interesting nuggets from famous basketball quotes. These inspirational basketball quotes bring excitement to the game.
Enjoy a game with other basketball enthusiasts. Learn how to slam dunk like a real pro.
Celebrities are doing it all the time. Your friends are also doing it. So why are you left behind?
I'm talking about selfies. Go to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and you will find everyone posting selfies.
What is a selfie, you ask? Read this article on selfie quotes. Not just will you know what a selfie is, you will also find out how you can create great selfies. So, get ready to make your selfies "talk." Take the selfie world by storm.
If you keep your ear to the ground, you can hear the distant march of the anti-Valentine's Day brigade. They have shunned romantic candle-lit dinners and heart-shaped balloons. They are the voice of dissent, disapproving the commodification of relationships. You bet, singles are just not ready to mingle. At least, not now.
Being alone may not be all that bad. No washing of your partner's dirty laundry. No guilt-pangs, while you are out enjoying with friends. No coming home to a verbal spat. And the best of all, no Valentine's Day gifting.
Anti-Valentine's Day does not mean you don't go out and have a good time. On the contrary, anti-Valentine's Day groups party hard, reveling in their single status. What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than to love oneself, don't you think?
You may not want to admit it, but many of us find the whole Valentine's Day rigmarole quite taxing. It's not that you don't enjoy the celebration, or the lavish pampering. But if you are at your wit's end about how to make Valentine's Day special, you are already feeling the burden of romance.
I admit, I am not great at gifting. In fact, I often end up gifting rather unnecessary items to my loved ones. Of course, they thank me profusely for the gifts, and even promise to use them. But when I see those gifts gather dust in their closet, I know that the gift went wasted.
So, as you can imagine, Valentine's Day gifting is an arduous task for me. The usual gifts of cards, jackets, T-shirts, and mugs are unimaginative. The only way I could make them special is by personalizing them. So I get my favorite Valentine's Day quotes inscribed on the gift. Sometimes I like to use cute Valentine's Day quotes. At other times, I go with funny Valentine's Day sayings.
So who said unromantic people cannot give romantic gifts?