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Today is International Women's Day. It is a day to celebrate womanhood. For me, womanhood is synonymous with nurturing, caring, loving, building, giving, growth and strength. It is often said that what a child becomes is credited to the mother because every good mother makes the upbringing of her kid her priority. To all moms out there, I commend you for the great work you are doing raising your children. A mother`s love.... I know of an African woman who had an opportunity to go to the UK for her doctoral degree but she turned it down because she couldn`t take her kids along. I know of a woman who turned down many international work travels because they would keep her away from her young kids for months. Kudos to every woman out there who represents the true virtues and values of womanhood.

I'll conclude this short post by sharing this listing of some of the women who have influenced our world. Every mother out there, your names should be here too :). I would like to add Golda Meir to the list. She`s one of my favorite women.

Sappho -570BC
One of the first published female writers. Much of her poetry has been lost but her immense reputation has remained. Plato referred to Sappho as one of the great 10 poets.
Sappho Biography

Florence Nightingale 1820-1910
By serving in the Crimean war, Florence Nightingale was instrumental in changing the role and perception of the nursing profession. Her dedicated service won widespread admiration and led to a significant improvement in the treatment of wounded soldiers.
Biography Florence Nightingale

Susan B. Anthony 1820-1906
Susan Anthony campaigned against slavery and for the promotion of women’s and workers rights. She began campaigning within the temperance movement and this convinced her of the necessity for women to have the vote. She toured the US giving countless speeches on the subjects of human rights.

Emily Dickinson 1830 – 1886
One of America’s greatest poets Emily Dickinson lived most of her life in seclusion. Her poems were published posthumously and received widespread literary praise for their bold and unconventional style. Her poetic style left a significant legacy on 20th Century poetry.
Biography Emily Dickinson

Marie Curie 1867-1934
Marie Curie was the first women to receive the Nobel Prize and the first person to win it for 2 separate categories. Her first award was for research into radioactivity (Physics 1903). Her second Nobel prize was for Chemistry in 1911. A few years later she also helped develop the first X ray machines.
Biography of Marie Curie

Emily Murphy 1868-1933
Emily Murphy was the first women magistrate in the British Empire. In 1927 she joined forces with 4 other Canadian women who sought to challenge an old Canadian law that said, “women should not be counted as persons”

Mother Teresa 1910-1997
Devoting her life to the service of the poor and dispossessed Mother Teresa became a global icon for selfless service to others. Through her missionary of Charities organisation she personally cared for 1000s of sick and dying people in Calcutta. She was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1979. View: Biography Mother Teresa

Oprah Winfrey 1954 -
Influential talk show host, Oprah Winfrey was the first women to own her own talk show host. Her show and book club is tremendously influential, usually focusing on issues facing American women.
Biography Oprah Winfrey

Diana, Princess of Wales 1961-1997
Princess Diana combined the appeal of a Royal princess with her humanitarian charity work. Although her marriage to Prince Charles was overshadowed by affairs on both sides, her popularity remained undimmed as many were inspired by her natural sympathy with the poor and mistreated.
Biography Diana, Princess of Wales

The list is endless!

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