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04/03/2019
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““Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” puts innovation at the centre of efforts to reflect the needs and viewpoints of women and girls and to resolve barriers to public services and opportunities.” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

Motivation Mondays: International Women's Day - #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #InnovateForChange

Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day – #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #InnovateForChange

 


This #WomensDay, we’re innovating for change

The essence of Isirika is to make it clear to everybody that you are your sister’s keeper. Musimbi Kanyoro
The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes. Bella Abzug
The history of all times and of today especially, teaches that women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves. Louise Otto
Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand beside us, fight with us. Christabel Pankhurst
Whatever glory belongs to the race for a development unprecedented in history for the given length of time, a full share belongs to the womanhood of the race. Mary Mcleod Bethune

The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.” This is very important because it puts innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the center of the endless efforts made, over the years, to achieve gender equality. Before you jump to ask why we are focusing attention on the role and place of girls and women in the fields of innovation, consider the current impact gender inequity has on economic and social structures. When only 25% of women have access to STEM posts because of discriminatory practices that stereotype women’s roles and place in the job market, we have a problem with that. Why? Because limiting access to either gender means limiting the chance of innovation and creativity to fully express itself in society.

One fundamental way to to innovate for change globally is to create smart and viable solutions that include women. If only 30% of the world’s researchers are women, we need to bridge that gender gap and train more girls to move into the field and make a difference. Thinking equal means we must be intentional at including girls and women in discussions about innovation and change.  We must make access to technical training and skills development available to women. We must delve deep and eliminate all barriers that deter girls/women from pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” Audre Lorde

Motivation Mondays: International Women's Day - #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #InnovateForChange

Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day – #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #InnovateForChange


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Motivation Mondays: International #WomensDay - Innovate For Change

Motivation Mondays: International #WomensDay – Innovate For Change

This International Women’s Day, UN Women is sharing the unheard stories of incredible women. We invite you to listen and share the stories that inspire you at unheardwomen.org

Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them. Unknown
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. Eleanor Roosevelt
I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life. Maya Angelou
Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world. Hillary Rodham Clinton
If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman. Margaret Thatcher
Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less. Marie Curie
Women have always been courageous… They are always fearless when protecting their children and in the last century they have been fearless in the fight for their rights.” Isabel Allende

 

This International Women’s Day, another important and complimentary theme organized by the IWD site is #BalanceforBetter – which is a call to action to push for gender equity globally. It is interpreted as this:  A balanced world is a better world. How can you help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. Get everything you need to run a successful International Women’s Day right here. When we organize ourselves to not only become innovators and creators in the marketplace, we must open the door to learn how to create gender balance in our lives that is better and empowering. Seeking equity for women doesn’t mean we are negating opportunities for men or diminishing the impact of both genders on societal progress and development. On the contrary, the call for gender equity is a call to those who support fair and equitable treatment for all.

Why is IWD’s call for gender equity/innovation for change important? Men and boys enjoy greater opportunities for success in the workplace, benefit from the gender gap in the field of innovation and creativity,  stand a greater chance to be educated in poor countries, and rise up the leadership ladder faster than their female colleagues. Competent and qualified women are often overlooked for key positions/promotions, directed to less career advancing positions,  and face the glass ceiling far more frequently than their male colleagues.  While we have made some progress in the workforce, there is room for more. We cannot continue to fall back on the few women at the top as examples of our collective progress and achievement. Yes, the are to be admired but, there ought to be room for more women in the C-Suite.

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The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for FEB – MAR 2019 are:

FEB

01/03   –  04 World Cancer Day, 05 Chinese New Year
01/10   –  10 Grammy Awards,   14 Valentine’s Day
01/17  –  18 Presidents Day, 14 Image Awards,
01/24   –  24 Academy Awards,

 

MAR

01/03   –  08 International Women’s Day
01/10   –  10 iHeart Awards, 14 Pi Day
01/17 –   17 St Patrick’s Day, 20 Start of Spring/International Day of Happiness
01/24   –  30 Earth Hour
01/31 –    31 Day of Visibility

 

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Motivation Mondays: International Women's Day - #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #InnovateForChange

Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day – #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #InnovateForChange

Motivation Mondays: International Women's Day - #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #InnovateForChange

Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day – #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #InnovateForChange


To solve the world’s biggest problems, invest in women and girls | Musimbi Kanyoro speaks at TEDWomen 2017 Bridges,


Development and Gender Equality: Inseparable Processes | Agon Maliqi | TEDxPrishtinaWomen

Experience has taught me that it’s women, especially those that are close to us, that are the most effective in making men understand what they are going through. Not only by speaking to our brains, but also to our hearts. Agon Maliqi
Women are leaders everywhere you look — from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes. Nancy Pelosi
It’s important to remember that feminism is no longer a group of organizations or leaders. It’s the expectations that parents have for their daughters, and their sons, too. It’s the way we talk about and treat one another. It’s who makes the money and who makes the compromises and who makes the dinner. It’s a state of mind. It’s the way we live now. Anna Quindlen
I wished to know the meaning of things. I am the meaning. I wished to find a warrant for being. I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction. Ayn Rand

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 for International Women’s Day 2019 is Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change. *See the rest below
Sources: UN Women Watch, International Women’s Day.com, Wikipedia

Why is it Imperative that we Close the Gender Gap? For starters, when we lift the barriers to full participation we all benefit.  Societies that maximize opportunities for new and varied ideas to thrive, reap the full benefits when new and innovative designs are developed.  Creating space for diversity leads to greater opportunities for collaborations and inventions. If working in diverse environments make us smarter, the benefit to society at large would be tremendous.   Another important reason is that most of us love to see others who look like us in the workforce.  Creating a diverse and balanced workforce sends a positive message that all qualified candidates are welcome. It helps build the economy and empowers women to connect beyond the confines of a job.

Are we Close to Achieving Gender Equity? If you are familiar with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018, you’d remember that there are 17 areas/goals that member states expect to improve for all citizens by 2030.
Which are most important to you?
Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Goal 4: Quality Education
Goal 5: Gender Equality
Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13: Climate Action
Goal 14: Life Below Water
Goal 15: Life on Land
Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals
Number 5 on the list is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. A 2018 Progress Report/Review of Goal 5 found that there was still a lot of room for improvement and that member states should implement more aggressive efforts to create permanent change. Change demands effort and courage. My wish is that we reach these lofty goals well before 2030.

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Until Next Time…
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Elizabeth Obih-Frank
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219 Comments leave one →
  1. Jess permalink
    05/03/2019 5:07 am

    The gender gap is in every aspect of our lives unfortunately. It is ironic that women are identified as such intelligent creatures and yet they are the least involved in important matters

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/03/2019 6:20 am

      So true! What’s even more ironic are those who deny the gap exists… Unfathomable. I would love to see the day when we will no longer need special recognition days for marginalized groups but that day is far into the future because of the persistent inequities in society, and the co-option of those, on both sides of the gender divide, who choose to bury their heads in the sand.

      • Jess permalink
        05/03/2019 8:02 am

        Exactly! Hopefully we are here for those days to come

      • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
        05/03/2019 8:56 am

        Amen!

  2. You, Me and Benny permalink
    05/03/2019 5:15 am

    I have a lot of strong females in my family that made me who I am today and that is such an amazing thing! I love reading about other strong women so this post was awesome!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/03/2019 6:15 am

      Thank you so much. Strong women were/are the bane of my family too. My grandmothers on both sides were fierce women who broke through barriers and encouraged all their kids to go for it. It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a strong woman to ensure the child gets to where he/she is going. TY!

      • You, Me and Benny permalink
        05/03/2019 6:16 am

        Yes definitely!! Thank you for the reply and you’re welcome haha

      • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
        05/03/2019 6:21 am

        🙂

  3. Emily Fata permalink
    05/03/2019 6:02 am

    Though I feel like everyday should be Women’s Day (maybe I’m a little biased — haha), it truly is important for the world to stop and consider all the ways in which we, as women, help to keep society afloat. We are important contributors across all areas, and it is important that we are recognized for this.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/03/2019 6:13 am

      I agree. I know what you mean and we have these special days for a reason. They give us a chance to pause and reflect on how far we have come and where we are headed. It is important to keep these special days alive and the conversations flowing. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation or inadequate information on so called marginalized groups. We need these special celebration days to correct/address the errors as well as celebrate the successes.

  4. Joseph Abimbola permalink
    05/03/2019 6:07 am

    Yes, i believe girls should be given the same privilege to cross boundaries and break records. Goal 9 is the most important for me – Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/03/2019 6:09 am

      Thank you Joseph.I’m glad you considered the list of goals as well. yes, all of us deserve to have a chance to excel.

  5. Cendu Param permalink
    05/03/2019 6:09 am

    Yassss!! Who runs the world? Women! loved this uplifting and motivational post. I’ve always loved this quote Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/03/2019 6:22 am

      Glad you like it. We should truly run the world but we don’t.

  6. sincerelymissj permalink
    05/03/2019 6:36 am

    So happy that we have a day to highlight all women, but it’s really crazy that in 2019 some women around the world are not free to enjoy basic necessities.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/03/2019 7:31 am

      Isn’t it? It is so CRAZY!!! 🙁

  7. ariannepeters6986 permalink
    05/03/2019 6:37 am

    I think no hunger for me is one that’s really important only because I’ve seen little children hungry and struggle and it breaks my heart.
    Great post! You really did your research and are very knowledgeable on this subject.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/03/2019 7:30 am

      Thanks Arianne! Hunger is a great problem for so many poor families and it creates a cycle of ill health and mental challenges. Very sad…

  8. Yonnah M permalink
    05/03/2019 7:02 am

    I love this post. I know so many than simply believe that the gender gap is irrelevant and it’s very unfortunate.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/03/2019 7:29 am

      Indeed. On YouTube, I read some nasty comments that were posted by a photo honoring Women’s Day. Such ugliness and yet they claim they see us as equal…

    • Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
      09/03/2019 3:21 am

      I do agree with you. Others don’t see the real problem they believe that gender is never an issue.

  9. Kenneth Clutario Agudo permalink
    05/03/2019 7:12 am

    Happy Int’l Womens Day to you! This blog is truly an inspiration and at the same time a proof that women can be really inspiring and at the same time hard working. This is a great celebration too to be thankful to our mothers.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      05/03/2019 7:27 am

      Thanks Kenneth. Yes, our mothers deserve honor.

  10. Danielle Jones permalink
    05/03/2019 7:23 am

    This is great. Uplifting and informative

  11. Michael David Oyco permalink
    05/03/2019 7:55 am

    Wow, We are celebrating with you! As many laws are now empowering more women especially on our country PH, I do hope a better future for all.

  12. Jet with Jen permalink
    05/03/2019 8:01 am

    I have a 9 year old girl and have to say that times have changed, for positive. I see a great effort in the community and schools to get girls engaged in STEM events, and hand on opportunities. Unfortunately I do not notice parent involvement in the activities available. I hope that changes because it’s so important for the future of their girls.

  13. mralexmathew permalink
    05/03/2019 8:42 am

    Hi the line think equal , grabbed my attention nice post.

  14. GiGi Eats Celebrities permalink
    05/03/2019 9:05 am

    I am so unaware of all these national days so I appreciate you informing me!!! Women’s Day – no idea!

  15. Kansas Bonanno permalink
    05/03/2019 9:42 am

    We as women need to focus on building each other up and supporting one another instead of being so quick to tear each other down. Women’s Day is a great place to start doing this.

  16. neely permalink
    05/03/2019 9:53 am

    I really enjoyed those ted talks thank you for sharing! Happy International womens day!

  17. Jolie Starrett permalink
    05/03/2019 11:24 am

    Wish this were Earth wide. I feel for the women in countries that are still so restricted.

  18. Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
    05/03/2019 12:26 pm

    Cheers to all the wonderful women out there! Sending love from me.

  19. keshiamcentire permalink
    05/03/2019 2:05 pm

    Such an important topic. lets solve these issues for the next generation. Thanks for checking out heartbeatindy.com.

  20. Stephanie permalink
    05/03/2019 3:06 pm

    It’s shocking sometimes how big the gender gap still is in the world. The theme for this year is such a great one. I don’t have girls to encourage to work on bridging the gap, but I plan on teaching my boys that women are equal to men as they get older.

  21. A Nation of Moms permalink
    05/03/2019 3:54 pm

    My kids are studying women in history for International Women’s Day. It’s good to know about our history and feminism.

  22. Joline permalink
    05/03/2019 4:47 pm

    It’s hard to believe that at this day and age, we’re still fighting this fight eh? I do love this: If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman. Truth!

  23. Christa permalink
    05/03/2019 4:50 pm

    Empowering women and girls is the key to future success. What a wonderful post to not only raise awareness of the gender gap but also to inspire change.

  24. Rachel Mouton permalink
    05/03/2019 5:01 pm

    What a great day to celebrate women! I have two daughters and I hope to inspire them to keep pushing forward for changes in the gender gap.

  25. Kai permalink
    05/03/2019 6:20 pm

    Thank you so much for putting this article together and bringing light to such an important social issue! Your post is beautifully written and a source of inspiration.

  26. Alexandra Cook permalink
    05/03/2019 6:27 pm

    Happy Internation Womens Day. This is a special day to all of us. In this world were gender equality is just a dream we should show how strong we are . And we deserve fair treatment.

  27. Camille permalink
    05/03/2019 6:36 pm

    This is a a very timely post. It’s the best time to further women empowerment in every part of the world. Still a long way to go, but I hope to get our voices out there.

    Camille

  28. lifedreamers.blog permalink
    05/03/2019 6:37 pm

    Great post! We women are strong and amazing! We can;t give up! all these stories are so inspiring!

  29. Adriana permalink
    05/03/2019 6:41 pm

    Happy Women’s Day. We should totally be celebrating this amazing day. Us women do so much on a daily basis.

  30. alyssadawsonbloggmailcom permalink
    05/03/2019 7:01 pm

    This is simply the best! I always love your motivational Monday posts. So much happiness and uplifting info!!

  31. Kate Loves Travel permalink
    05/03/2019 11:08 pm

    Happy International Women’s Day! Such a shame that we still need International Women’s Day in 2019 to highlight the inequalities women are suffering around the globe…

  32. mockingbirdtranslationsuk permalink
    06/03/2019 12:18 am

    Gender equality is so important! Love International Womens Day!

  33. travelthroughlifehannah permalink
    06/03/2019 1:32 am

    Such an amazing and detailed post. International womens day is so important and huge these days. Great post highlighting it!

  34. emman damian permalink
    06/03/2019 1:48 am

    Happy Women’s month! I really appreciate all the women who trailblaze on their own respective fields. Good job!

  35. KeshiaRichmond permalink
    06/03/2019 2:20 am

    Innovation by women and girls is a great theme for international women’s day! What a great way to bring awareness to the celebration!

  36. ufuomajesegineyahoocouk permalink
    06/03/2019 2:55 am

    I have been reading up on IWD wesbite as i am planning to do a blog post on International Women’s Day. I especially like the #BalanceforBetter theme for 2019 IWD and i love the way you interlinked and explained the theme for the year. The quotes are also a great addition!

  37. StressedMum (@stressedmum01) permalink
    06/03/2019 2:58 am

    I have been lucky to have some great female inspirational women in my family who have taught me to be who I am today, which I hope I pass down to my children

  38. Monidipa Dutta (@MonidipaDutta51) permalink
    06/03/2019 3:04 am

    This is a great post. And obviously in every path of our life we get/find a strong woman who inspires us.

  39. BMB13 permalink
    06/03/2019 5:07 am

    I love your quotes. I have all sons but they are raised thinking women are equal and to be honored.

  40. brianmayroam permalink
    06/03/2019 6:56 am

    Have you read MY INVENTED COUNTRY by Isabel Allende? The quote by Elanor Roosevelt is one of my favorites.

  41. sabrina permalink
    06/03/2019 9:09 am

    Woman have always been my inspiration. And I want to thank those who, even though are not famous (yet) such as some friends of mines, inspired me and determined my life.

  42. Hackytips permalink
    06/03/2019 10:25 am

    It’s a great initiative to get know these women who never get a chance to come to limelight but are working hard. More power to women!

  43. ashleeunscripted permalink
    06/03/2019 3:56 pm

    It starts with a mindset shift in women and girls that they can do whatever their minds allow them to do….and also be stalled the same way. I’m always excited to see more females in STEM projects because honestly it is fun and so very important for the future of this whole world! happy International Womens Day !

  44. Rebecca Sanchez permalink
    06/03/2019 5:45 pm

    Happy International Womens Day. I hope this day has raised awareness about the gender equality and the rights of every women.

  45. Samar permalink
    06/03/2019 6:30 pm

    Happy International Womens day dear.

    Love this post for being so motivational.

    Thanks for sharing.

  46. kidneyfornikki permalink
    06/03/2019 7:30 pm

    Once again you are both educating and inspiring me! Even after everything that has happened, it’s sad that there are several gender gaps — in pay, in research, management, etc etc etc. International Women’s Day helps us keep these gaps on our mind!

  47. Melissa permalink
    06/03/2019 7:37 pm

    I think some of this is relevant, but some of it isn’t. I do believe if a woman is truly as qualified as a man for a position than, yes, they should be considered equal. However, I do not believe that a woman should get a post just because she is a woman, when there is a man more qualified. Most women that say they want equality don’t really. They want preferential treatment.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2019 5:24 pm

      Melissa, your comment shows a lack of clarity about the subject. Preferential treatment is NOT a gender gap issue!!! Please educate yourself on the subject and stop spouting inaccurate information.

  48. sarahandfamblog permalink
    06/03/2019 7:55 pm

    I have a few strong women in my life. It is refreshing reading about others

  49. Sudipa permalink
    06/03/2019 8:18 pm

    Gender equality is so important.We are in 21st century but still that gap is there.It was a good read

  50. Geraline Batarra permalink
    06/03/2019 8:21 pm

    Thanks for such a wonderful post. Women’s abilities and hard work really deserve to be recognized across all countries. Especially those who are still stuck with their very old traditions.

  51. vidyatiru permalink
    06/03/2019 10:23 pm

    Always am inspired by your posts and aim to motivate in my writing like you do. Happy Women’s Day and each and every quote you posted here is so powerful… I am glad for the wonderful inspiring women in my life (including my darling teen!)

  52. My Family Travel Zone permalink
    07/03/2019 12:33 am

    And I celebrate and congratulate those women that go unrecognised and without receiving prices, nevertheless they deserve the world

  53. Rachael Eberhardt permalink
    07/03/2019 1:57 am

    I really love knowing and reading stories about strong women.. It inspires me a lot..

  54. aisasami permalink
    07/03/2019 2:45 am

    #BalanceforBetter should be the slogan for Japan. Japan is still backwards in the sense that woman aren’t as equal as man as in working rights. Woman should be staying home and taking care of the house while the man should work. But, life can’t happen like that. Still waiting for change here.

  55. ZyraKuma permalink
    07/03/2019 2:48 am

    It’s been years since women came to change equality in genders. I’m actually glad to be living in this generation (kind of).

  56. Mosaics Lab permalink
    07/03/2019 6:12 am

    Very happy international Women’s Day to you. And i absolutely agree, gender gap is a very serious problem that should be addressed. Unfortunately not enough is being done to address it.

  57. briezyy97 permalink
    07/03/2019 7:15 am

    This is exactly what I needed to see. With all the stuff in the news and politics, women being STRONG and AWESOME really lifts me up. Happy Women’s Day! (Even if I’m late)

  58. Blair permalink
    07/03/2019 7:26 am

    I have a sixteen year old daughter, I can’t imagine her not having the opportunities of education and employment that are ahead of her. It is amazing that still today that people are still fight to be recognized as equals.

  59. JK Darling permalink
    07/03/2019 9:38 am

    Happy Women’s Day to you. 🙂 I love the quote ‘To the strong women…’ It’s so true that we should be the strong ones and raise the strong ones. 🙂

  60. Amanda Klecker permalink
    07/03/2019 11:24 am

    As female business owner in a male dominated field, I appreciate this post. It’s been eye opening to see what judgements there are about women’s knowledge about the trades and construction. Here’s to changing the future!

  61. Ashley - Forking Up permalink
    07/03/2019 12:15 pm

    What an incredible resource. Thank you for putting it all together! My work is doing a lot for this and I’m going to share it in our Slack channel for inspiration.

  62. Prajakta permalink
    07/03/2019 1:48 pm

    With women’s day tomorrow, this is such an inspirational post. Happy Women’s Day to you!

  63. Liz Bayardelle permalink
    07/03/2019 2:16 pm

    I loved your point about innovating for change! It’s so sad that the gender gap starts so early, but I have a 3 year old and I already see it in things that are marketed to her and people’s expectations of her. She doesn’t always wear pink and doesn’t always have a bow in her hair, and it honestly confuses some people I meet.

  64. Bree L. permalink
    07/03/2019 2:34 pm

    Such an inspiring post! My favorite quote from today is: “Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

  65. Kemi permalink
    07/03/2019 5:19 pm

    Everyday is Women’s Day but definitely, there have been some great women world over that have made great progress and changes but still haven’t gotten recognition.

  66. Maureen permalink
    07/03/2019 6:18 pm

    I am glad to see women being celebrated in most parts of the world, although not as much as we deserve, it’s a stepping stone from hundreds of years ago. Women are standing their grounds and are unapologetically breaking grounds. We stand strong, not easily broken but persevere for the future, which in my opinion is WOMAN.

  67. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    07/03/2019 8:11 pm

    Human rights matter. I am so happy now we have equality and women can stend up for themselves. Now we have job, education and freedom. there still is a way to go but I can’t help but thank women who worked so hard to make reality for us.
    I hate it that in my country International Women Day is dubbed as holiday of ‘spring, beauty and flowers’, totally disgusted.

  68. Kathleen Cregg permalink
    07/03/2019 9:12 pm

    Yes! Women’s DAY! I just love your posts. My favorite quote today: If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman. Margaret Thatcher – I can relate so much!

  69. Clare Minall permalink
    07/03/2019 9:44 pm

    Happy International Women’s Day to all of us. We should all pay tribute to all beautiful and strong woman. They deserved to be honored and fight for equality awareness.

  70. Catherine Santiago Jose permalink
    07/03/2019 10:02 pm

    First of all, Happy International Womens Day for all womens out there. The world is not complete without women, they are the caretaker of everything on this life.

  71. Fatima D Torres permalink
    07/03/2019 10:45 pm

    It always amazes me to see how much women have come a long way over the years. So many forget how hard we’ve fought, and continue to fight for gender equality

  72. Steve Shakeshaft permalink
    07/03/2019 11:34 pm

    It really surprises me that there is such a gulf between the treatment of men and women. This surprise stems from being brought up by a strong single mother who raised 4 of us on her own.

  73. Gervin Khan permalink
    07/03/2019 11:59 pm

    First of all I would like to great everyone a Happy International Women’s Day! I am glad that right now women are already given the opportunity to showcase their talents and capability in in terms of business, arts and in any other fields that men can do.

  74. gloriousheights permalink
    08/03/2019 1:47 am

    A great post and I would like to thank all the strong women in my life 🤗 Happy woman’s day

  75. Joanna permalink
    08/03/2019 1:53 am

    8th of March has always been a very important date for me, ever since I was a little girl. I remember how the entire country was celebrating the woman. As I grew up, I started to understand more about equality and about rights.

  76. thepeacheepear permalink
    08/03/2019 2:35 am

    I think as women we have come a long way. However there’s still so much more work for us to do and is up to us to raise our daughter’s with determination and purpose.

  77. Krysten (@WeirdGirlBlog) permalink
    08/03/2019 2:37 am

    Yay for International Women’s Day! It’s such a great day to support all women and really lift each other up. Have a wonderful day friend!

  78. roseline permalink
    08/03/2019 3:20 am

    I agree with you, we need to celebrate women’s international day. Because women have suffered for centuries. Education, right to decide your spouse, opportunity for jobs were denied to women. Women have struggled for over a century to ensure that we are also entitled to education in the same places as boys.

  79. fashionandstylepolice permalink
    08/03/2019 5:44 am

    Happy International Women’s Day! It is great we are celebrating women. We are so amazing.

  80. viewfromthebeachchair permalink
    08/03/2019 6:03 am

    Only 30 percent of researchers are women!!! That blew my mind. I teach first grade and you can bet I am going to push my girls to be all they can be!!!!

  81. Valarie Thomas permalink
    08/03/2019 6:27 am

    This is a beautiful tribute to women and a great resource for us to share. Thank you!!!

  82. Nina permalink
    08/03/2019 6:35 am

    “The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.”

    Funny but on point! Love your quotes as usual.

  83. lauragetsrichinhealth permalink
    08/03/2019 6:37 am

    Am always Motivated by your posts. Love the history and content in this one for Woman everywhere. 🙂

  84. Cendu Param permalink
    08/03/2019 7:26 am

    Happy International Women’s Day! Lovely post and quotes! It reminds us to respect, love and honor the women in our lives everyday, not just today. United we are strong <3

  85. Tasha at Lady Boss Studio permalink
    08/03/2019 7:50 am

    Such an inspirational post once again! Happy International Women’s Day!

  86. briezyy97 permalink
    08/03/2019 8:22 am

    Happy Women’s day to you and all the women here! Women are strong and have always been inspiring. Thank you for for embracing this and sharing the positivity.

  87. Adriana permalink
    08/03/2019 8:26 am

    Happy International Women’s day!! Such an amazing read!! Enjoy your day

  88. Dashboard Living permalink
    08/03/2019 9:16 am

    Gosh we’ve come a long way haven’t we? I know there’s still miles to go but it’s inspiring to look back and the strong women who’ve blazed this trail and those that continue to do so!

  89. Alfonzowords permalink
    08/03/2019 9:47 am

    There are so many empowering female characters & im loving how more actively respected they are in todays society

  90. TheKitchenDoc permalink
    08/03/2019 9:48 am

    Happy IWD to you too! great inspirational post as always!

  91. That Dog Momma permalink
    08/03/2019 10:15 am

    I always look forward to your motivation Monday posts! Happy International Women’s day!

  92. Eloise permalink
    08/03/2019 10:38 am

    Women are remarkable (and I’m not just saying that because I’m a woman ; ) )
    To be a part of something as beautiful as womanhood is an honor. Happy Women’s Day! We have to keep working hard to make a difference so that everywhere around the world women are seen as equal.
    Inspiring post!

  93. lydiaemesmith permalink
    08/03/2019 10:45 am

    I so much love this year’s theme. It couldn’t have been anything else . So apt. I see we are getting there, although, it seems like a long ride. I’m looking forward to when we’ve achieved all goals.

  94. Annabel Okeya permalink
    08/03/2019 11:21 am

    I’m so grateful for the women I have around me – from my family to my colleagues at work. I’m so inspired by them and all they do. I personally think women should be celebrated every day because we..do…a…whole..lot! Happy International Women’s Day to all the amazing women out there!!!

  95. BeaufyFoodymom permalink
    08/03/2019 11:35 am

    This is great, happy womens day to you too! Lets all be inspiring!

  96. Garf permalink
    08/03/2019 1:52 pm

    Mondays are extra difficult for me to get motivated. I need some push.

  97. alyssadawsonbloggmailcom permalink
    08/03/2019 3:20 pm

    Women are so amazing aren’t they! Happy international womens day!!!

  98. Danielle permalink
    08/03/2019 4:57 pm

    I love that there is a day to celebrate women and all that women have overcome and accomplished! Makes me proud to be a woman every damn day!

  99. Blair permalink
    08/03/2019 6:59 pm

    Diversity and gender equality can not be discussed enough. There are for to many at risk women and girls in the world.

  100. Natalie permalink
    08/03/2019 7:24 pm

    It’s hard to choose because all of those goals are so important. This was a great read. So through provoking

  101. Kalyan Panja permalink
    08/03/2019 7:33 pm

    More power to the women. They have come a long way in equality but still needs to be done more to break the stereotypes especially in the non urban areas.

  102. Coleccion De Fotografia permalink
    08/03/2019 8:12 pm

    I believe every single day should be women’s day. Happy Women’s Day to you by the way and thanking you as always for all the motivational posts. Please keep them coming!

  103. rebecca sanchez permalink
    08/03/2019 8:21 pm

    I totally agree to your points, we must always remember this everyone can relate here

  104. Jayne (@SMABLblog) permalink
    09/03/2019 12:13 am

    Happy belated International Women’s Day. So very proud to have a recognised day to celebrate the success and achievements of strong women around the globe.

  105. Sharon permalink
    09/03/2019 12:25 am

    Only 6 countries in the world have equal rights for men and women. Lots of work still to be done.

  106. alwaysusebutter permalink
    09/03/2019 1:01 am

    IWD is so important – even though I really truly wish we didn’t need it anymore! I went to an all women’s business event and it felt s empowering!

  107. StressedMum (@stressedmum01) permalink
    09/03/2019 2:01 am

    Great post, it is important to remember we are equal to men

  108. Sarah Stockley (@kipperscurtains) permalink
    09/03/2019 2:44 am

    Happy IWD to all those strong women, doing their thing every day. So much inspiration!

  109. Matija Antonić permalink
    09/03/2019 3:04 am

    We have come far from the past days when women didn’t have any rights, but they fought for them, sure there aren’t that many women in engineering, STEM, and alike, but in my opinion it’s not because someone doesn’t want them to be, it’s simply because most women don’t see themselves in those fields, but in the last few years we have seen women rise to lead companies, rise to lead nations and what not, the gender gap is probably still here but it’s slowly getting shorter and shorter 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2019 5:15 pm

      The data shows that we are not closer to closing the gap. Women are not in those fields because of barriers NOT because of choice. We have come a long way but the gap is not shorter.

  110. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo permalink
    09/03/2019 4:41 am

    Happy International Women’s Day! I love how socially relevant this year’s IWD theme is. 🙂

  111. Danielle@wenthere8this.com permalink
    09/03/2019 4:51 am

    happy women’s day! so much great info in this post. it’s great to shed light on some of the positive things happening, as well as understand improvement is still needed.

  112. Elaine @ Changing Laines permalink
    09/03/2019 7:11 am

    I had no idea that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development even existed! This is something I want to read more about as, although they are lofty goals, they are crucial for our continued survival and well-being as a people. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, and Happy International Women’s Day to you!

  113. Samar permalink
    09/03/2019 8:31 am

    Comparing women and men is completely out of question. Women always holds a greater position in society and life.

    Thanks for sharing.

  114. Kisha Stewart-Harris permalink
    09/03/2019 8:50 am

    How amazing to set aside one day to honor and acknowledge all the strides women have made in society. Really, every day is women’s day, but it’s still cool to make one day extra special.

  115. helenevlacho permalink
    09/03/2019 9:19 am

    Women for women should be our moto on a day like this. Supporting each other will help us celebrate every day and find our place in this men’s world.

  116. aisasami permalink
    09/03/2019 10:19 am

    Happy International Woman’s Day to you too. I love this year’s theme as we, as woman, need to strive for balance in the world we live in. Woman should be recognize for the hard work and their unlimited desires to make the world better.

  117. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    09/03/2019 12:02 pm

    Happy International Women’s Day to you too! Equality, human rights and freedom are very important everyday. I truly believe we can make it and we will make it. Girls are strong

  118. Sanjota Purohit permalink
    09/03/2019 12:32 pm

    Great initiative to recognize the efforts of hardworking women! True celebration of Women’s Day 🙂

  119. folabest permalink
    09/03/2019 1:16 pm

    Great thought about women. They suppose to be celebrated at all times.

  120. danielezem permalink
    09/03/2019 2:59 pm

    Happy International Womens Day to you! Your post is genuinely a motivation,women should be encourage to be the best they can in our society than the other way round. May God bless our mothers.

  121. Christopher Mitchell permalink
    09/03/2019 4:25 pm

    I appreciate this post for sure, especially since I was raised by such a strong woman! Love these motivation monday posts!

  122. hawkandquill permalink
    09/03/2019 4:45 pm

    I love how there is increasing awareness to the wonderful work that women do everyday and how there’s a month to celebrate that! We rock!

  123. CLARE MINALL permalink
    09/03/2019 5:55 pm

    everyone should get a read of this article, I agree with your points thankyou for sharing this .

  124. preet permalink
    09/03/2019 6:39 pm

    I totally agree with you here, Happy Women’s Day to you and to every girl around the world.

  125. Megan Kerry permalink
    09/03/2019 7:16 pm

    I love that UN Women is going to be sharing unheard voices-what an excellent tribute!

  126. alexandra cook permalink
    09/03/2019 7:17 pm

    I totally agree with your points here, there are many reasons why do we need to be thanful to our mothers, such a great read I had, thankyou for sharing

  127. Neha permalink
    09/03/2019 9:10 pm

    Yay to the strength, patience and intelligence of women! We rock!!! Considering all that women get done in a day, every day should be International womeWom day!

  128. CARMEN | Wellington World Travels permalink
    09/03/2019 11:29 pm

    “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman” by Margaret Thatcher. Love this quote. I think it is good that you define what gender equality truly means. I have traveled everywhere, and I have seen unfairness in different aspects of life. Last week, I have told people that it’s International Women’s Day, and they asked me when is ‘International Men’s Day’ (they thought it is ‘unfair’ not having one) tsk. Gender equality doesn’t mean negating opportunities for men. It is about equitable treatment for all – in opportunities, leadership positions, salaries, etc. We are the ‘Overlooked’, It’s time we change that.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2019 5:08 pm

      Exactly. TY!

  129. Monidipa Dutta (@MonidipaDutta51) permalink
    10/03/2019 5:03 am

    A balanced world is a better world. I loved this years International Womens Days campaign theme.

  130. presiiicom permalink
    10/03/2019 6:48 am

    Thanks for sharing such resourceful post. I am grateful to those women who paved the way for us. Unfortunately there are still gaps, so we should determine to flight harder.

  131. dardeals permalink
    10/03/2019 8:30 am

    inspirational post. thanks for sharing

  132. Claire Justine permalink
    10/03/2019 9:26 am

    International woman’s day is a great day to celebrate. I know a lot of strong women who inspire me everyday 🙂

  133. jessmaca permalink
    10/03/2019 12:47 pm

    Happy International Women’s Day! This is such a great article, equality amongst genders is still a huge problem globally.

  134. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    10/03/2019 2:05 pm

    Hey, Happy international women’s day to you too. this is great and feel the motivation just in time for monday lol xx

  135. Jennifer Prince permalink
    10/03/2019 2:14 pm

    There are so many women to celebrate. And so many accomplishments, too. I love that there is a day for this!

  136. tenzendude permalink
    10/03/2019 2:17 pm

    Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. Eleanor Roosevelt

    I have expressed this quote to many people over the years. Powerful stuff.

  137. Nina permalink
    10/03/2019 2:54 pm

    HAPPY International Women’s Day! Your quotes are a great source of motivation as always!

  138. Danielle W. permalink
    10/03/2019 3:31 pm

    Happy International Women’s Day!! Thank you for my daily dose of inspiration!!

  139. wishfulluxury permalink
    10/03/2019 3:56 pm

    The most inspirational woman in my life is my mum, she so far has had to put up with me for nearly 25 years! I joke, but she is a queen! Just like all us women! <3

  140. Blair villanueva permalink
    10/03/2019 4:22 pm

    Equality is vital but we cant get it 100%
    It is inspiring to see many women strive to excel.

  141. Silent Scream permalink
    10/03/2019 6:05 pm

    Happy international womens day… I believe all share the same thought. Who rule the world? women.. yey…

  142. Silent Scream permalink
    10/03/2019 6:14 pm

    Happy Int’l Womens Day to you! We were a bit busy decorating our office a day before…=)
    I believe we have the same thought with a women’s role in the society.. cheers to all great woman out there…

  143. Bunmieshealthychoices permalink
    10/03/2019 7:33 pm

    Women should be appreciated everyday! I think this will change a lot if implemented!
    Thanks for sharing!

  144. Whitney Kutch permalink
    10/03/2019 8:23 pm

    I love the theme this year! Empowerment is so important for our girls and young women.

  145. Alexis permalink
    10/03/2019 9:05 pm

    As much as I love the fact that women are being celebrated like this and its awesome! Men are just as important as we are….I have both strong male and female roles in my life that have shaped a awesome me today!

  146. Jasmeet Singh permalink
    10/03/2019 9:46 pm

    I have 3 women in my life My mum, sister and aunt. Very strong and determined. Can’t imagine a day without them. I thank them for what I m today and how they have motivated me to be a better person. I m nothing without them. Great article.

  147. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    10/03/2019 10:32 pm

    I was just telling my husband yesterday, “It was Women’s Day and no one greeted me? Not a single one of you showed appreciation to what I am doing for this family.” That was a bummer. Anyway, I don’t believe that quote, “Behind every successful man is a woman.” Nope. It should be “beside” not “behind.”

  148. 🌙 𝑀𝑜𝑜𝓃𝓁𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉 𝑀𝑒𝓁 🔮 (@_moonlightmel_) permalink
    11/03/2019 2:23 am

    Happy womans day. Can’t believe the gender pay gap, its unbelievable. I am so thankful for the inspriational women

  149. Laura permalink
    11/03/2019 2:31 am

    I lovr the inspiration. And kind words great post.

  150. Silence!!! (@silentpredatorz) permalink
    11/03/2019 2:49 am

    A woman is human. She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man.
    Likewise, she is never less. Equality is a given.

  151. Gervin Khan permalink
    11/03/2019 3:15 am

    Love this kind of site wherein it show and gives us inspiration to life. That no matter what happen we should always look on the positive side. To all women out there, it’s great honor and great to know you are in this world to make it a better place to live in. Happy International Womens Day.

  152. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    11/03/2019 4:53 am

    very nice motivational sharing as usual whenever I drop by here. Happy International Women’s Day to all. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  153. momelite2 permalink
    11/03/2019 4:56 am

    What a fantastic post! I have a feeling my daughter will be in the STEM field. She has a love for all things STEM right now and we are an extremely techy family. I’m working to give her the confidence she needs to go out the and kick some ass and get things done.

  154. kage2015 permalink
    11/03/2019 4:59 am

    I look forward to the day when the world celebrates a woman who enjoys being a wife, mother and serving in her community. No Mother’s Day isn’t it. All women should be celebrated.

  155. Roselle Cee Tee permalink
    11/03/2019 5:11 am

    I remember one of my male fb friend asking what’s the importance of celebrating International Women’s Month and even exclaimed it’s just another nonsense celebration. I think until now there are still men who don’t acknowledge equality.

  156. Dalene Ekirapa permalink
    11/03/2019 6:15 am

    Cheers to all women out there! Unfortunately, in some of parts of the world, women were coming up to stand for their rights and match in the streets. I wish this could be listened to.

  157. Lorita | Ting and Things permalink
    11/03/2019 6:54 am

    Thanks for your tips on this. Truly inspiring topic and all of us could learn. Happy belated women’s day!

  158. Words of a Texas Nerd permalink
    11/03/2019 7:21 am

    You shared one of my favorite quotes: Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less. Marie Curie
    It makes me glad when I see that women are being remembered. Women have come such a long way from being nothing more than someone’s trophy and property.

  159. kidneyfornikki permalink
    11/03/2019 7:25 am

    Happy International Women’s Day! Your posts are always so inspirational and informative!

    As a woman who majored in chemistry and went to medical school, I am very familiar with many of the dynamics with women in STEM fields. I was fortunate in that my father pushed me to not fear math and then he wrangled an invite to my uncle’s med school graduation when I was 11 (I was the youngest one there!). I know many girls don’t get that kind of support! We must work to spread the support around!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2019 5:06 pm

      True.The support you got made a big difference. More girls would benefit with support

  160. KeshiaRichmond permalink
    11/03/2019 7:38 am

    This is a great read that demonstrates the benefits of exposing young girls to careers and opportunities early to help bridge the gender gap. What a wonderful way to celebrate International Women’s Day.

  161. laura permalink
    11/03/2019 8:16 am

    Very inspiring and give me the motivation to have a wonderful mondy, so the rest of my week goes well.

  162. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    11/03/2019 9:04 am

    This day is very important! i think each woman young or adult should be reminded of fight we all women share for having same rights as men: to study, to work, to vote.

  163. Mum Mum Ma permalink
    11/03/2019 10:52 am

    I can’t insist on the fact that how important it is for women to support each other. Gender gap is a reality and we are still light years away from equal rights and equal pay. I would say the work has just started and there is a long way to go.

  164. thequeenmomma permalink
    11/03/2019 11:35 am

    I love everything about this! Women empowerment is one main thing that I also preach. This is such a good read!

  165. genaadventure permalink
    11/03/2019 5:06 pm

    Such a great post to read! All the women in my family, including my mom, nana and sister are strong independend women. I just wish they were giving more credit to themselves! Us, women, tend to talk about bad things rather than celebrate our strenth!

  166. veryerin permalink
    11/03/2019 5:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing this uplifting post on such an uplifting day! It’s so wonderful to see the equality women have finally achieved 🙂

  167. ramzy permalink
    11/03/2019 8:37 pm

    women is mother , sister , wife and daughter she is really three quarters of the life

  168. Karen Monica permalink
    11/03/2019 9:13 pm

    Goal 1 and 2 are very important to me but so does all the other goals you mention. As for the gender gap, it’s a shame that the majority still see man as the more superior one.

  169. Helen Neale permalink
    11/03/2019 9:54 pm

    To all the strong women, This is our day. A day we need to honour each other and the day that gender equality should be raised. Happy International Womens Day!

  170. blair villanueva permalink
    12/03/2019 12:42 am

    Women should support women no matter what form it is! After all we are all created by one good nature.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      18/03/2019 12:35 am

      Amen to that. Sadly that is not always the case.

  171. Surekha Busa permalink
    12/03/2019 1:41 am

    Oh my…. I love Margaret Thatcher’s quotes, it was unintentionally funny for me but somewhat true..?

  172. Geraline Batarra permalink
    12/03/2019 2:58 am

    Thank you for researching and sharing about these wonderful strong women. Their quotes are so great and inspirational.

  173. Laura Jinks permalink
    12/03/2019 3:22 am

    I am woman!1 Hear me roar!!! I loved this post!! So uplifting!! What a great way to start my morning!!!

  174. Mickal Lewis permalink
    12/03/2019 6:42 am

    Such an empowering and uplifting post! Being able to celebrate women’s strength is amazing.

  175. Style High Guy permalink
    12/03/2019 7:49 am

    I love international women’s day, such an inspirational 24 hours 🙂

  176. WhitAdvisor.com permalink
    12/03/2019 3:36 pm

    I love supporting other women! Community over competition is SO important. Thanks for a great post!

  177. Liz permalink
    13/03/2019 1:03 am

    Happy Women’s Day! This is very interesting such an informative post for all women to be read and aware of, the topic that I always prioritize is 3 & 7.

  178. Danielle permalink
    13/03/2019 5:48 am

    Wow great article. Women certainly aren’t appreciated enough and men need wisdom like this bestowed upon them lol.

  179. Tescha's blog 🇿🇦 (@teschasblog) permalink
    13/03/2019 7:08 am

    Even more so evident in my own home country South Africa. Women should be celebrated and appreciated and there hard work should be equally recognised too

  180. chaddden2001 permalink
    13/03/2019 7:13 am

    I don’t agree with international woman’s day; we want to be treated as equals, and giving us a day does not treat us as equals. Actually, it puts us higher than men.
    And as much we suffer, so do men. We have advantages over men just as much as men have advantages over us.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      18/03/2019 12:33 am

      You are mistaken. Please do your homework and think about the issues… Gender equity is not about putting anyone higher. It’s about equality and leveling the playing field.

  181. Danielle permalink
    13/03/2019 7:50 am

    I absolutely love that there is a day to celebrate women! So motivational and inspiring.

  182. Razena permalink
    13/03/2019 10:19 am

    We had an interesting Woman’s Day session at work last week and it was refreshing to see women representing all aspects of the business. Coincidentally, the introductory quote for this article is from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who as the Minister of Public Works in South Africa in 2005 initiated a government sponsored international exchange programme to elevate women in management to senior positions.

  183. Laura Dove permalink
    14/03/2019 3:15 am

    What an inspirational post Elizabeth! You are such an inspiration yourself, I really look up to you and what you believe in!

  184. Gill Trotman permalink
    15/03/2019 7:45 am

    Such an inspirational and powerful post. Women are superhuman in my eyes. Without my mother, wife and daughter I wouldn’t be half the man I am today. The fact there are still issues of women struggling to be counted equal to men is heavily bothersome. Goal #5 – Gender Equality is one of my largest goals to achieve in society because I know my daughter can do absolutely anything a man can do, maybe even better, and she shouldn’t have to fight to prove it. Great blog. Thank you for sharing!

  185. Bindu Thomas permalink
    16/03/2019 1:34 am

    I love this post and very interesting to read. Let’s solve these problems for better tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

  186. Jennifer Prince permalink
    18/03/2019 12:43 pm

    I didn’t know that “balance for better” was a thing, but I totally am on board. I am always trying to balance things, and I love that it’s a hashtag!

  187. Leyla permalink
    18/03/2019 11:21 pm

    On this day, the country where I’m from, women would get a little money compensation. It is very small, but it was still nice. Thanks for sharing!

  188. toastycritic permalink
    20/03/2019 8:02 am

    It is sad that women only make up 25 percent of stem positions out there. It would be good to recruit and celebrate more women who are involved with stem for sure.

  189. Blair villanueva permalink
    24/03/2019 5:13 am

    Equality is slowly growing and i think we need to be patient. Eventually we will get there.

  190. Nicole permalink
    26/03/2019 5:28 am

    What a great and inspirational post! I really enjoyed all of the quotes that you used. I always look forward to your posts, thanks for sharing!

  191. Roamy Link Sarganser permalink
    10/04/2019 6:07 pm

    I think it`s just fair that we have women`s international day, women contribute so much to the society and it`s just fair to get the recognition.
    Thanks for sharing

  192. arun permalink
    11/04/2019 4:10 am

    In country like India the Gap is much wider. And the voilence again women is prevalent. I am glad I know a lot of strong females. Thanks for this post.

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