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“We want to construct a different world of work for women. As they grow up, girls must be exposed to a broad range of careers, and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and care options to jobs in industry, art, public service, modern agriculture and science…” UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Motivation Mondays: International Women's Day #BeBoldForChange

Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange

International Women’s Day 2017: A Message by UN Women’s Executive Director

International Women’s Day 2017 – DreamWorks Animation Television

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. Mother Teresa
Men make the moral code and they expect women to accept it. They have decided that it is entirely right and proper for men to fight for their liberties and their rights, but that it is not right and proper for women to fight for theirs. Emmeline Pankhurst
If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman. Margaret Thatcher
I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men; they are far superior and always have been. William Golding

Around the world, on March 8th, many will gather to celebrate another International Women’s Day. The 2017 UN Women’s theme is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. With a focus on women’s roles in the workplace, this year’s theme is also, according to the International Women’s Day (IWD)campaign, about being bold for change. So the hashtag #BeBoldForChange and the UN declaration for women in the world of work go hand in hand by addressing the inequalities that continue to stymie our efforts at job equity across the globe. If we are ever to achieve gender parity in the workplace, we must get involved in making bold changes in our homes, communities and offices. The work must start with us.

The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. That is a huge gap and time to wait for our daughters to earn equitably as our sons on the job. What kind of legacy would you like to leave for your children? What kind of world would you like them to inherit? When women earn more, they are empowered to do and achieve more. WE can make a difference. IWD suggests 5 common sense ways we can be bold for change Are you ready to take bold action in the following areas?: 1. challenge bias and inequality. 2. campaign against violence. 3. forge women’s advancement 4. celebrate women’s achievement and 5. champion women’s education. If you click on the link above, it will take you to the page so you can gain more insights on ways you can participate in each category to make an impact.

“You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right.” Aung San Suu Kyi

Motivation Mondays: International Women's Day #BeBoldForChange

Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange

Education has the power to change women’s lives. #TheRaceIsOn #IWD2017 #ChainofBetters


Well behaved women rarely make history. Eleanor Roosevelt
I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century. Hillary Clinton
Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness. Oprah
Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own. Michelle Obama
When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in service of vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. Audre Lorde

Would you like to be a champion for women? Global Fund For Women offers us an Action toolkit that contains 8 solid ways you can take action today. 1. Learn the facts about women’s human rights, SRHR, impact  of grassroots movements and more. See: Infographic on ‘What Is A Movement?’. Learn fundamentals of women’s human rights and watch their video on social change 2. Join their email list to stay informed. Get accurate information sent to your mailbox and help protect and promote women’s human rights globally. 3. Follow GFFW and others who are mentioned here, on social media, as resources for women’s rights. 4. Tell  your friends and family and help spread the word by downloading some social graphics. Commit to #BuildMovementsNotWalls in support of women’s rights w/ @globalfundwomen on Twitter and other social media channels. 5. Make a donation. 6. Sign the pledge to #BuildMovementsNotWalls. 7. Host an event. 8. Treat yourself gently. “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.Audre Lorde. If you take any of these 8 steps, you will be furthering the global cause to empower more women and girls. Go do it.

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for January and February 2017 are:

0/6 –    Black History Month, 6, Lame Duck Day, 12, Lincoln’s Birthday
0/13 – 14, Valentine’s Day, 15, Constitution Day,
0/20 – 20, Presidents’ Day, Washington’s Birthday, 24, Carnival/Flag Day, 26, New Moon
0/27 – 27, Clean Monday, 28, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday,


06 – 08, International Women’s Day

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“I am Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me.”  Maya Angelou

Motivation Mondays: International Women's Day #BeBoldForChange

Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange


Women are the real architects of society. Cher
Extremists have shown what frightens them most: A girl with a book. Malala Yousafzai
‘No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother’ Margaret Sanger
I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.’ Audre Lorde

Timeline of International Women’s Day (IWD)
28 February 1909 – First observed in the USA as National Women’s Day in Chicago
August 1910 – Attendees at the International Women’s Conference in Denmark propose the idea
18 March, 1911 – IWD was celebrated by over a million people in Europe; right to vote, hold public office and end gender discrimination at work were key issues.
February 1913 – Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day. In 1917, it became official in the region.
March 1914 – International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time on Sunday, March 8, and this date has continued as the preferred/official day since.
October 1, 1949 – In the People’s Republic of China, the state council decided that March 8 would be made an official half day off holiday for women in China
1977 – International Women’s Day (marked by the UN since 1975), became a popular event when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the official UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.
March 8 2010 – International Women’s Day – the ICRC (Red Cross) drew attention to the hardship displaced women endure (refugees and others at war) and has continued its call to end armed conflict.
March 8 2011 – International Women’s Day – Celebrations took place in more than 100 countries in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day
March 8 1996 – Present – Every year, the UN adopts a special theme to focus attention on. The Theme for International Women’s Day 2016 is Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.
IWD 2017 theme is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030  and #BeBoldForChange- *See the rest below Sources: UN Women Watch, International Women’s, Wikipedia

What more do we need to know? Educate yourself on the issues and stay engaged. Every effort we make reverberates in the pond of life and helps someone across the world. If you look at the abbreviated International Women’s Day timeline above, you will notice that the genesis of this movement started over a century ago. With each passing year, and with each new UN theme, we make inroads that benefit us all but, there is still much work to do. When I think about this year’s themes, Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 and #BeBoldForChange to support women’s growth in the workplace, we can join forces with others who are working hard to end all forms of gender bias globally. Even as more of us leave the home to go to work, our pay is still 77 cents for every dollar paid to our male colleagues, and many women around the world face incredible barriers and limited access in the workplace. For most women with children, the work day continues when they get home. So step up and stand for something that would benefit you.

Have a Happy, Healthy 2017!

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Positive Motivation Tip:  Be bold in your work world and lift others with you

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos –   via Wikipedia, and/or  International Women’s Day, Women working, via Pixabay

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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50 Comments leave one →
  1. Raksha Nagaraj permalink
    13/03/2020 9:36 pm

    This is so cool and I love it. Yes one needs to be bold for a change to change something.

  2. Beth Pierce permalink
    11/03/2022 10:08 am

    This is such an inspriing post. I think it’s so important that we keep fighting for equality and the recognition of all that women have done in the world.

  3. Sienna permalink
    11/03/2022 12:39 pm

    All for celebrating women! We need to help each other rise up!

  4. Oscar Oganiza permalink
    11/03/2022 4:43 pm

    Yes one needs to be bold for a change to change something.

  5. TheInspirer permalink
    11/03/2022 5:07 pm

    WOW!!!! These quotes are so inspirational THANK YOU!

  6. Ramil Hinolan permalink
    11/03/2022 10:07 pm

    Celebrating Women’s Day is a great way to appreciate the help of empowered women in the society. My Mom, wife and beautiful daughters are a great source of inspiration.

  7. Eileen M Loya permalink
    12/03/2022 12:50 am

    I love this post. Happy International Women’s Day to you. In my part of the world, there are misogynists that make life miserable for women. It is so common to hear the phrase. “She’s JUST a woman, she can’t do it.” There are women groups that push to have that mindset changed. We are not “JUST a woman, we ARE women and we can get things done!

  8. linda permalink
    12/03/2022 1:34 am

    such a beautiful motivational read.Thanks for sharing with us.

  9. A Nation of Moms permalink
    12/03/2022 10:50 am

    What a great day to celebrate change and accomplishments. Learned some new things and I like the quotes you chose.

  10. Millie permalink
    12/03/2022 2:55 pm

    Great job highlighting this important issue. Hopefully one day we will no longer need to have an International Women’s Day!

  11. briannemanz permalink
    12/03/2022 3:04 pm

    It’s a great time to celebrate women empowerment and honor those incredible women before us! Happy international women’s day to all.

  12. Joyce K. permalink
    12/03/2022 8:07 pm

    This was very empowering to read. Sometimes I feel like women forget that they can do anything they put their mind on.

  13. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    13/03/2022 3:08 am

    International Women’s Day is an important celebration. It’s a big motivation to all women, both old and young!

  14. Christian Foremost permalink
    13/03/2022 3:09 am

    Happy International women’s day!!! I am a woman by heart and will always support and stand by my sisters!

  15. aisasami permalink
    13/03/2022 5:08 am

    This is exciting! I am excited that there is a challenge to challenge job equity for all woman! I hope the 2030 initiation becomes fruitful.

  16. Kathy permalink
    13/03/2022 1:51 pm

    Love this post! This is perfect as I start my Monday. You can never get enough motivation for Mondays so thanks for sharing this!

  17. Ntensibe Edgar permalink
    13/03/2022 9:33 pm

    Women deserve better. They’ve been held back and away for so long, in the field of work and we must change that!

  18. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    13/03/2022 10:09 pm

    That’s a great approach. I do think I am lacking boldness and even though I am doing just fine I do think I should think of it more and go for it more.

  19. khoingn | The Broad Life permalink
    14/03/2022 5:14 am

    Salute to all the women in this great day!

  20. Jennifer Prince permalink
    14/03/2022 5:21 am

    Such a great day for change and to celebrate women. So many have been overlooked yet have accomplished so much!

  21. Nyxinked permalink
    14/03/2022 7:55 am

    Wonderful post! I took the time to dive into learning about some historical women who helped pave the way for us all. I was especially surprised with Amelia Earharts achievements.

  22. Fransic verso permalink
    14/03/2022 11:31 am

    I agree, we all should edcuate ourselves and stay engaged with the community. Hope you had a wonderful international women day.


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