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“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

Motivation Mondays: International Women's Day #GenerationEquality #EachforEqual

Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day #GenerationEquality #EachforEqual


UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS: International Women’s Day 2020 – United Nations Observance

Where there is a woman, there is magic. Ntozake Shange
The Generation Equality campaign is bringing together people of every gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion, and country, to drive actions that will create the gender-equal world we all deserve. UNWomen
A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves. Gloria Steinem
True equality means holding everyone accountable in the same way, regardless of race, gender, faith, ethnicity – or political ideology. Monica Crowley
Give voice to what you know to be true, and do not be afraid of being disliked or exiled. I think that’s the hard work of standing up for what you see. Eve Ensler
It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent. Madeleine Albright

Women’s History Month: Today is International Women’s Day and the themes for this year are “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” (UNW) and “An equal world is an enabled world #EachforEqual”(IWD)  The first National Women’s Day was held in 1908-9 in New York City. It has grown from that first inspired outing, by a group of women who wanted our voices and needs to be heard, into a global event celebrated by women and girls around the world.  UNWomen has always been a dedicated champion of the event and, since 1996, it has created themes to help us focus on key issues of paramount and international concern for our gender. The UN themes from 1996 to date are below. Do any of the topics or issues resonate with you or women you know? Do you even care about the subject? Why/Whynot? Over the years, these topics have had an impact on the lives of millions of women and some have had a direct impact on my life as well. By bringing these issues to the forefront, it has enabled UNWomen, NGOs, and government agencies to review their policies and make necessary changes. While some of the 193 member states of the UN might not have effective policies that support equality, many continue to create opportunities for gender equity and change.

UNWomen International Women’s Day Themes:

1996 Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future
1997 Women and the Peace Table
1998 Women and Human Rights
1999 World Free of Violence Against Women
2000 Women Uniting for Peace
2001 Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts
2002 Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities
2003 Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals
2004 Women and HIV/AIDS
2005 Gender Equality Beyond 2005; Building a More Secure Future
2006 Women in Decision-making
2007 Ending Impunity for Violence Against Women and Girls
2008 Investing in Women and Girls
2009 Women and Men United to End Violence Against Women and Girls
2010 Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All
2011 Equal Access to Education, Training, and Science and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women
2012 Empower Rural Women, End Poverty, and Hunger
2013 A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women
2014 Equality for Women is Progress for All
2015 Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!
2016 Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality
2017 Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030
2018 Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives
2019 Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change
2020 I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights

Applying the Principles of Generation Equality and Each for Equal: In case you are wondering how to apply the principles of each theme to your life and within your community, I have some helpful tips to share. The IWD Each for Equal theme/campaign has suggested that we Use the hashtag #eachforequal to remind everyone that we are part of the solution to building a gender-equal world. It requires that we remember “Collective Individualism‘ as making individual changes for the collective, Strike the #EachforEqual pose to motivate others, Engage in a year-long activity and collaboration with others, Take collective action and shared responsibility for change, Amplify via social media, and Take decisive action to bring about gender equality dialogue and change wherever we are. It takes individual action to build and grow a collective.

The UNW Generation Equality theme/campaign offers 12 tips to help lay and sustain a foundation of gender equality in our communities and households. These simple everyday actions can bring about great progress; Share the care in your home by sharing chores and shifting ideas about gender-specific roles, Call out sexism and harassment without fear of recrimination, Reject the binary – It’s humankind. Not mankind, Demand an equal work culture, Exercise your political rights, Shop responsibly and pick eco-friendly products from socially responsible companies, Amplify feminist books, movies and more, Teach girls that they are worthy by not reinforcing gender stereotypes, Challenge what it means to “be a man” by seeing the whole person, not the stereotype, Commit to a cause and donate time/money, Challenge beauty standards that perpetuate unrealistic visions of femininity and, above all, Respect the choices of others.

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The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams.” Oprah Winfrey

Motivation Mondays: International Women's Day #GenerationEquality #EachforEqual

Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day #GenerationEquality #EachforEqual


Michelle Obama speaks on International Women’s Day


International Women’s Day 2020: How it began and why it’s still important

She wasn’t looking for a knight, she was looking for a sword. Atticus
If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman. Margaret Thatcher
We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever. Susan B. Anthony, Declaration of Rights for Women, July 1876
There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers. Susan B. Anthony
I get very frustrated when I hear women saying, “Oh, feminism is passé,” because I think feminism means empowerment. Men can be feminists, too! Many men are feminists. We need feminism. It’s not against men; it’s about the empowerment of women. It’s the respect of women–giving women equal rights, the same opportunities. Annie Lennox

 

Is Gender Equality Relevant in Our Society Today? Yes, every nation should make it a top priority to encourage everyone to give their best work in service to humanity. In order to be fully engaged in service to our communities, we need access to training, mentoring and funding. If women are denied such access, then 50% of a nation’s potential is lost. I believe that all women have the potential to live fulfilling lives and we can do great things globally. However, female empowerment must begin with each of us working with women and men who believe in gender parity. Women must rise above petty bickering and learn to support and uplift each other and men must collaborate with us to achieve mutual goals. We must stop sabotaging our gender and align with men who support equality for all. For every wall we tear down, for every glass ceiling we break, for every stride we make for change, we must bring others along with us and mentor the younger generation.

Are we Close to Achieving Gender Equity? We are NOT quite there yet. We have made many inroads since the days when women were considered the personal property of their fathers and husbands but, we have more walls and ceilings to tear down.  We will not be intimidated by those who wish to dismiss this important discussion with glib remarks that we are already equal. Yes, we are as humans but, we are not in the workplace or in many areas of society and life. Bury your head in the sand if you wish but, don’t expect me to join you. Wake up! What you dismiss today will impact your livelihood and legacy tomorrow. 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. What do you think?

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The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for FEB – MAR 2020 are:
FEB

02/01 – 01 World Read Aloud Day
02/02 – 02 Ground Hog Day, 04 World Cancer Day, 06 Zero Tolerance for FGM, 07 National Wear Red Day
02/09 – 09 Academy Awards, 11 Women and Girls in Science Day, 13 Galentine’s Day, 14 Valentine’s Day
02/16 – 17 Presidents Day, 18 Drink Wine Day, 20 World Day of Social Justice
02/23 – 25 Mardi Gras, 26 Ash Wednesday

MAR

03/01 – 01 Zero Discrimination Day
03/08 – 08 International Women’s Day, 13 World Sleep Day, 14 Pi Day
03/15 – 15 Consumer Rights Day, 17 St Patrick’s Day, 19 Start of Spring, 20 International Day of Happiness, 21 World Poetry Day
03/22 – 22 World Water Day, 25 Day of Remembrance of Slavery, 28 Earth Hour
03/29 – 29 Veterans Day

 

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“The best protection any woman can have is courage.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Motivation Mondays: International Women's Day #GenerationEquality #EachforEqual

Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day #GenerationEquality #EachforEqual

 

Motivation Mondays: International Women's Day #GenerationEquality #EachforEqual

Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day #GenerationEquality #EachforEqual


Google: International Women’s Day 2020

The day will come when man will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race. Susan B. Anthony
Just be what it is that you are, and that is just fine. You don’t have to be what you’re not in any way. Live that and live that fully, and that is where you discover ecstasy. You can’t really have ecstasy as something other than yourself. Alice Walker
I am a feminist. I’ve been female for a long time now. I’d be stupid not to be on my own side. Maya Angelou
Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. Oprah Winfrey
Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others. Amelia Earhart
I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t. Audre Lorde
Women’s liberation is the liberation of the feminine in the man and the masculine in the woman.  Corita Kent

GENERATION EQUALITY: Work/Health/Education/Gender Bias/Inequality: When we think of gender bias, what often comes to mind is topics on job bias and education inequity. Yet, gender bias flows into every area of our lives. The woman who earns less than her male colleague might not always have a working partner to make up the difference, and so that old logic of men as supreme heads of households ought to be buried with that equally archaic belief that women are cut out for only certain types of jobs. In our global community today, there are fewer women leaders because of societal expectations, archaic perceptions, and our acceptance of them. We can work to change this by taking actions that empower us and by aligning ourselves with others who will encourage us. If pay equity issues remain a hot button topic in the USA and globally, it is for good reason. When we are compensated fairly for equal work, we experience the power of financial independence and are able to put our energies into fighting for our rights on other issues that contribute to global inequity.

Where do you stand on this subject? How has it impacted your life or the lives of women around you? What little step can you take today to bring about change? It takes a village… it takes each one, helping one…

 

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Positive Motivation Tip: Gender Equality leads to generational equality and it begins in our homes.

Motivation Mondays: Our series is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
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211 Comments leave one →
  1. Casey permalink
    09/03/2020 6:29 am

    Great post! Never under estimate the power of women… I’m all in to support same pay rate and top executive, country leader, etc… If the person have the ability to achieve great things, it shouldn’t matter for male/female…

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 7:25 am

      Exactly. That is what IWD is fighting for.

    • ireayotomiwa permalink
      17/03/2020 7:39 am

      We women have come a long way, and even though we are not there yet, we sure would. Equal right for women is worth fighting for. So, we keep up the hope and the fight till it is. #EachforEqual

  2. momelite2 permalink
    09/03/2020 6:58 am

    It’s hard to believe we are still having to fight for equal rights for women. I’m so thankful to the women who have fought hard and continue to fight.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 7:26 am

      Same here…

  3. Jessica Collazo permalink
    09/03/2020 7:00 am

    Yes we all us women have to fight for equal rights we need our voices to be heard

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 7:26 am

      Indeed. Very true.

  4. Holly Lasha permalink
    09/03/2020 7:13 am

    I am definitely in favor of gender equality, but I don’t think that has to equate to sameness. I think celebrating the ways that men and women are different can be equal and beautiful.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 7:28 am

      Holly, nobody is talking about sameness. We can never be the same but we can have fair and equitable treatment that compensates us equally = equal pay for equal work. equal opportunities for equal skills. That is not sameness. Please read my post again. TY! 🙂

  5. Stephanie permalink
    09/03/2020 10:51 am

    I’ve seen a lot of my friends, especially those with daughters, posting about International Women’s Day. As a boy mom, I see the other side of this. I have been trying to raise my boys (they are still very young) to know that women are equal to them. I think that’s where it’s going to start and where the most change will happen. If we raise our children with the ideals that everyone is equal, then that’s what they will know!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 7:31 am

      Thank you Stephanie for your wisdom! It all begins in the home with this level of clarity. Thank you Sis. I’m tired of explaining this to people who think we are talking about sameness or comparisons. We are not. You explained it beautifully. TY 🙂

  6. Neely permalink
    09/03/2020 11:24 am

    It doesnt really impact my business as influencer work ispretty women dominated. It did in my first job out of college!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:10 pm

      interesting…

  7. Chelsea Sauve - Wandure permalink
    09/03/2020 12:01 pm

    Ah yes, what a long way we’ve come. Thank you for this reflection on gender equality and our culture’s journey to equity.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:09 pm

      appreciate the feedback

  8. Michael David Oyco permalink
    09/03/2020 3:16 pm

    Happy womens day to all! It is so inspiring to see outspoken women who knows how to talk and lead really.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:09 pm

      who did you have in mind?

  9. Aswathi Gopalakrishnan permalink
    09/03/2020 4:52 pm

    This is an amazing write up for Women’s Day. I didn’t know UN Women has a motto for each year. Great Information

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:08 pm

      thank you

  10. Marjie Mare permalink
    09/03/2020 5:50 pm

    To me quality education is the most important. Once we are educated we can make better decisions. In my country of origin, women are still behind and need to be empowered.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:08 pm

      yes, it’s a global problem

  11. The JOYOUS Living | Influencer (@thejoyousliving) permalink
    09/03/2020 6:44 pm

    hehe. your margaret thatcher quote had me giggling. i always get a great deal of pleasure reading your quote posts. thanks for compiling such an eclectic variety.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:07 pm

      glad you approve

  12. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    09/03/2020 7:17 pm

    I am happy that there is such a day for women. It is a day to recognize our strength, our uniqueness, and our contribution to society. I can only hope that all nations would have equal rights and privileges, regardless of gender.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:07 pm

      it is my wish too.

  13. LifeMagHealth permalink
    09/03/2020 8:16 pm

    This is a great life motivation. Thank you for sharing this amazing article!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:06 pm

      did you read it?

  14. Kenny Ngo permalink
    09/03/2020 8:27 pm

    I wonder when time will come that we won’t have to fight for equality because it’s already a given that we are equals.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:06 pm

      is it a given?

  15. Raksha Nagaraj permalink
    09/03/2020 9:36 pm

    Wow this is absolutely brilliant post. Yes I believe in Gender Equality and I think more people need to come out talking about the importance of equality.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:05 pm

      speak up too

  16. littlemisadvencha permalink
    09/03/2020 10:18 pm

    more women should stumble upon this post. and appreciate the power we have. 🙂 thank you so much for uplifting us!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:05 pm

      Share the message

  17. aisasami permalink
    10/03/2020 12:17 am

    Happy International Women’s Day! We should use the day to remember what women have achieved and think of the future. But, we should always take action every day as you said, the fight for equal pay and reorganization is not over.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:05 pm

      action is very important.

  18. Collen permalink
    10/03/2020 1:15 am

    It’s a sad thing that we still need Women’s Day in these times, but we really do. Women are still paid less and viewed with less respect than men in many cases.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:04 pm

      completely agree

  19. Emily permalink
    10/03/2020 1:26 am

    Wow there is such a long history! I’m glad we’re where we are at today though!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:04 pm

      okay…

  20. Bindu Thomas permalink
    10/03/2020 1:27 am

    Such an informative blog. And you are well said “Gender Equality leads to generational equality and it begins in our homes.”

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:04 pm

      glad you noticed.

  21. Ntensibe Edgar Michael permalink
    10/03/2020 1:35 am

    Hhhaaaaa….I used to love celebrating the IWD but of late, I realised there is a systemic problem that needs to be solved first.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:03 pm

      and that problem is?

  22. Sharvina.y permalink
    10/03/2020 3:06 am

    International Women’s Day should be celebrated on each and every day! Let’s all truly embrace these values & genuinely live by them.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:02 pm

      yes, and a special day is equally important.

  23. Fatima Torres at MTME permalink
    10/03/2020 3:44 am

    It always amazes me to see how far women have come throughout the years.We’ve been able to progress with time.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:02 pm

      indeed we have

  24. The In-between Moms permalink
    10/03/2020 3:57 am

    It’s hard to choose which goal is more important to me. They are all so very important, and so very needed!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:01 pm

      no problem. claim all

  25. Luna S permalink
    10/03/2020 4:46 am

    This was beautifully written to match a fantastic day to celebrate! Happy International Women’s Day.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:01 pm

      glad you approve

  26. Kevin Akidi permalink
    10/03/2020 5:36 am

    I am definitely adopting the hashtag #equalforequal, we need a daily reminder of the struggle and where we need to be.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:01 pm

      i agree

  27. chirpybrains permalink
    10/03/2020 5:57 am

    Wow, such a lovely post. Happy women’s day!!!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:00 pm

      thank you

  28. Alexis permalink
    10/03/2020 6:08 am

    Women’s equality is important but when put in the correct context. Thank you for this encouragement.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 10:00 pm

      correct context such as?

  29. Matt Taylor permalink
    10/03/2020 6:12 am

    Gender equality is such a great theme for this year’s International Women’s day. Things have progressed in that area but it can always improve!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 9:59 pm

      indeed it can

  30. Manahil permalink
    10/03/2020 6:36 am

    Happy International Women’s day! Let’s support gender equality

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 9:58 pm

      yes, let’s…

  31. Fransic verso permalink
    10/03/2020 7:41 am

    being a human, we need to push ourselves and get better and no matter what gender. This is very interesting post.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 9:57 pm

      easier said than done.

  32. amberleshae permalink
    10/03/2020 8:34 am

    Now a days we need this enforced big time! Love this post!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 9:57 pm

      it would be helpful

  33. serenarogers19 permalink
    10/03/2020 9:24 am

    I love how you’ve shown how Women’s day has evolved over the years. Love this!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 9:57 pm

      thank you

  34. Jasmine - Blogging and Living permalink
    10/03/2020 12:09 pm

    I didn’t even realize International Women’s Day was a thing, but I’m glad it is. It’s a great day to celebrate women for sure!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 9:56 pm

      it is a very important “thing”

  35. Christine Weis permalink
    10/03/2020 12:11 pm

    I love this post! Women are truly amazing human beings. All of these women have impacted my life in one way or another–big and small. Thank you for remembering all women and how they contribute in so many different ways.
    Who run the world? GIRLS!!!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 9:56 pm

      Beyonce runs the world? 😉

  36. Martin - MPG TRAVEL TOURS permalink
    10/03/2020 1:59 pm

    Happy International Womens Day to all the ladies this week!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 9:55 pm

      likewise

      • chirpybrains permalink
        20/03/2020 9:06 am

        Women are not equal but are superior to men.

  37. RHT_Stephen permalink
    10/03/2020 2:32 pm

    This post has a such a good message, love it

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 9:55 pm

      what did you like specifically?

  38. Marjie Mare permalink
    10/03/2020 3:29 pm

    One of my friends gave me a card that has that saying of Maya Angelou: “I am a feminist. I’ve been female for a long time now. I’d be stupid not to be on my own side”. I have been quoting that since last year.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 9:55 pm

      hahaha. love it.

  39. Mhaan (@momyrockinstyle) permalink
    10/03/2020 4:12 pm

    Been seeing posts about International Women’s Day in the social media and I also participated by posting my own in my Instagram. It is great to know we have celebration like these because being woman has a lot of challenges.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 9:54 pm

      community effort is important

  40. Marjie Mare permalink
    10/03/2020 4:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing the speech of Michele Obama. Such a powerful woman. Let us empower more women and may they take the lead.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 9:54 pm

      thank you

  41. ansh997x permalink
    10/03/2020 6:46 pm

    As I work at an NGO, I understand the importance of gender equality. Progress of society is not possible unless common folks are aware of it.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 9:53 pm

      that is true … we need mutual support

  42. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    10/03/2020 8:06 pm

    Yeah!! Happy International Women’s Day & I wishing to continue enjoy my life by doing what I love in life, life is short

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 9:52 pm

      did you read my post?

      • SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
        11/03/2020 10:41 pm

        Yes, I am. I always got inspired by your sharing, just that my comment doesnt relating to gender equality. Reason being am not comfortable to share my personal view tho

      • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
        15/03/2020 6:55 am

        That is your decision…

      • SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
        15/03/2020 2:21 pm

        Thank you for your understanding Eliz

  43. Emman Damian permalink
    11/03/2020 12:07 am

    International Women’s Day is one of the best national holiday’s I have always celebrated. It’s a day to reminisce and support the women behind innovation breakthroughs. Kudos to all women of change.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 7:48 pm

      grateful for your support.

  44. Christa Anne permalink
    11/03/2020 4:20 am

    I think it’s so important to celebrate and uplift women. International Women’s Day is such a wonderful (and necessary) opportunity to do that.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 7:47 pm

      i concur. support each other

  45. Renee permalink
    11/03/2020 8:41 am

    I am a full-time working mom. Life’s not easy but after reading this I really feel inspired

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 7:47 pm

      good for you!

  46. lbosworth permalink
    11/03/2020 9:58 am

    I like that UNW’s tips for implementing gender equality. We definitely need to call out sexism more often as well as challenge beauty standards that perpetuate unrealistic visions of femininity!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 7:47 pm

      we do. speak out!

  47. NAti permalink
    11/03/2020 11:32 am

    I just learnt this year Women’s day was #Generationequality driven. I think gender equality would be a huge achievement, but I feel there is still a lot to be done before we get there.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 7:46 pm

      we have a long way to go.

  48. The Social Tumbleweed permalink
    11/03/2020 1:14 pm

    Love how this day acknowledges the achievements of women that would’ve been not recognized years ago. 😊

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/03/2020 7:46 pm

      yes, i agree

  49. bushrazblogs permalink
    11/03/2020 7:53 pm

    Happy women’s day 😍😍 very good article.. thanks for sharing..😇😇

  50. Lily permalink
    11/03/2020 8:52 pm

    Women are so powerful. So happy this month was created so we can finally get the recognition we deserve as we are creating history as we speak!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 6:55 am

      Upwards and onwards!

  51. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    12/03/2020 3:25 am

    I live in a country where women are constantly discriminated and it comes from politics. I value this day so much, I strongly believe women are equal, we brains, will and power, we are not only the birthing machines.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 6:54 am

      We are definitely equal to the task. WE lack effective opportunity, not skills. TY! 🙂

  52. Rose A (@mail4rosey) permalink
    12/03/2020 11:28 pm

    Our school has bulletin boards decorated with so many great women this month. Everyone is learning a lot from looking at them.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 6:54 am

      About time! 🙂

  53. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    13/03/2020 3:05 am

    More power and strength to women around the world. May we be the shining beacon of courage and faith in this time of crisis.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 6:53 am

      Amen to that!

  54. Renee permalink
    13/03/2020 10:07 am

    This put a big happy smile on my face!

  55. John William permalink
    13/03/2020 11:07 am

    Great content! Super high-quality! Keep it up! 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 6:53 am

      Appreciated

  56. My Spiritual Shenanigans permalink
    13/03/2020 11:10 am

    Always appreciate your extensive compilation and thoughts on the theme of the week/month. Happy women’s day!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 6:53 am

      Thanks again

  57. Fran Jorgensen permalink
    13/03/2020 6:09 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration! I grew up in a household that gave me all the tools I needed to be able to do whatever I wanted to study, from engineering to nursing or design. I ended up going into economics. Over the years I have felt that as a mum and a wife, and a corporate person I am pull in all directions and I become a bit of an octopus. Today I can reflect on how far we have come and I am grateful to have had the opportunities and I don’t take them for granted.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 6:53 am

      I’m happy for you and that you ended up in a field where compensation can be better than in traditionally female-driven fields. I’m grateful too.

  58. Amanda permalink
    14/03/2020 4:00 am

    Beautiful site! I love all of the empowerment of women you promote!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 6:51 am

      Thank you!

  59. Prakhar Kasera permalink
    14/03/2020 10:36 am

    Happy women’s day! I will be a bit spoilsport here. I don’t like comparisons at all, so the revolving matter for many people about ‘women equal to men, women ahead of men or women behind men’, it doesn’t really matter. Do your bit, but why compare. Everyone is different and can’t be judged or compared.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 6:51 am

      You’ve missed the point of International Women’s Day. It is not about simple comparisons, it is about fair and equitable treatment so we can all compete according to our abilities and skills. We live in a world that does focus on comparing and choosing men over women. Women earn 78% of the average male salary. The Gender Gap is real and dismissing it as just ordinary comparison like we are comparing shoes and hats is insulting to both genders. If governments around the world agree that improvements need to be made and both men/women have been fighting this for over 100 years, it is time to take your head out of the sand and get serious about issues that affect you, your mother, sisters and female friends. Please read my post carefully before leaving such comments next time. Thank you!

  60. Ting permalink
    14/03/2020 11:14 am

    great motivation! it’s especially important for a crazy world like this now.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 6:57 am

      Appreciated!

  61. Cynthia Hoover permalink
    14/03/2020 11:48 am

    Very inspirational. I love that we are moving more towards lifting each other up and celebrating achievements from ladies in the past!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 6:57 am

      That is my wish too. TY!

  62. Elle permalink
    14/03/2020 11:55 am

    I don’t recall hearing about IWD as a child, but according to your timeline it’s friarly new. One of the first themes was , “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” we are seeing progress but it seems slow.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 6:56 am

      Did you read my post? It has been around since 1908-09

  63. amayszingblogs permalink
    14/03/2020 6:09 pm

    All woman are really stronger and fighter and Happy Woman’s day to all of the beautifully strong women across the world we deserve to be praised.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 6:56 am

      Amen to your feedback!

  64. kidneyfornikki permalink
    15/03/2020 6:50 am

    As always, your posts are filled with valuable and inspirational information! We women have made great strides but there is still a way to go. Thanks for this!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 6:58 am

      Absolutely, we have a way to go. Thank you!

  65. Kenny Ngo permalink
    15/03/2020 8:30 am

    I long for the day when we no longer have to fight for our equality because it’s just a given. Till then, we need to keep pushing forward.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 8:49 am

      Kenny, thank you and me too! I wait for the day when it will truly be a given. 🙂

  66. remo permalink
    15/03/2020 8:31 am

    All human beings are equal. Period. I don’t think we need to even say it out loud.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/03/2020 8:49 am

      Yes, WE ARE!!! But, if that belief/idea was truly universal, we would not have these conversations right? That said, why would you even want to squash my freedom to express these issues? It’s one thing to say all humans are equal, it’s another to walk the talk … hmmm
      Interestingly, the very few glib comments are coming from some folks of the male gender. I wonder why? Is this topic pushing a button because behind closed doors you’d rather we maintain the status quo? Do you really believe what you are saying? THEN STAND UP AND DEMAND THAT YOUR SISTERS GET EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK OR STFU! That is the equality we are discussing in my post which I suspect you didn’t read, right? 🙂

  67. Strongerbynature permalink
    15/03/2020 2:02 pm

    This was super enjoyable and informative post ! Us women are fighters and naturally strong beings !

  68. Krysten Quiles permalink
    15/03/2020 3:04 pm

    Thank you. Sometimes being a woman can be really hard, it’s good to remember how strong we are too!

  69. Christa Anne permalink
    15/03/2020 4:15 pm

    I am so inspired and encouraged by the strength of women. It’s incredibly frustrating that we still have to fight so hard for equality.

  70. Ch. Nikhila permalink
    15/03/2020 8:59 pm

    This is really inspirational to read. Thanks for sharing such an amazing post.

  71. Sol Razo permalink
    15/03/2020 10:29 pm

    Such a great post! I’m proud to be a woman and I’m so glad that the global community is making us more honored and feel appreciated through those activities you shared.

  72. Joanna permalink
    16/03/2020 2:52 am

    I have been visiting a nearby city on the 8th of March and I have actually seen a march and a demonstration related to the generation equality. There were quite a lot of people gathered, including a lot of men, which was very nice to see.

  73. Kimberly Caines permalink
    16/03/2020 4:42 am

    Happy International Womens Day to everyone. Anyways, such a great quote you’ve shared. Thanks for that.

  74. Monidipa permalink
    16/03/2020 5:02 am

    Womens Day is obviously an awesome day to celebrate with people who appreciate the day but in India……… It feels wierd that we women still have to fight for equal rights. As usual very inspirational.

  75. Sushmita permalink
    16/03/2020 8:14 am

    I am so grateful to be born in a generation where I have seen equality in and out. I am glad that my parents and the people around taught us that all genders are equal. And that made me confident enough to stand against the things which are against gender equality like equal pay at work. This post is really amazing. I never sat down to research on the various themes of IWD but now I know the fight has been going on for generations

  76. Avanti Chaturvedi permalink
    16/03/2020 11:33 am

    Being a boy mom, I feel like it is my unfailing responsibility to teach my son how to treat girls as equals. I believe it is here where the key lies because no girl should have to fight a boy for what’s rightfully hers.

  77. Adrienne permalink
    16/03/2020 6:14 pm

    It is pretty cool to see all of the different themes. Sad that there still has to be any at all still but there is still work to be done. 🙂

  78. Jim permalink
    17/03/2020 6:55 am

    Great post, very informative!

  79. Renata Feyen permalink
    17/03/2020 7:57 am

    I think it is a great initiative – did you know there is a day for men too 🙂

  80. John William permalink
    18/03/2020 10:36 am

    Great post! Never under estimate the power of women. Great content! Super high-quality! Keep it up! 🙂

  81. Shelley from BeyondPennies.com permalink
    18/03/2020 7:30 pm

    Wonderful post with a wealth of info on International Women’s Day. I enjoyed all of the quotes by women and about women. Thank you for writing on the very important topic of equality. I’d like to say we’ve made progress, but only in some areas and for some people. Much more to do.

  82. Wendy Gratzer permalink
    19/03/2020 3:59 am

    Thank you for showing how International Women’s Day has evolved over the years. I learned a lot reading the background.

  83. Jessica Lathrop permalink
    19/03/2020 5:39 am

    Wow what a great post! I loved looking at the themes year over year. <3

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/03/2020 6:24 am

      Yes, I love reading them too to get a better picture of issues covered over the years.

  84. World In Eyes permalink
    19/03/2020 9:55 am

    Women rights are human rights, great motivational and inspirational post

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/03/2020 6:24 am

      Yes indeed and you stated one of my favorite Hilary Clinton quotes: women’s rights are human rights. 🙂

  85. Danielle permalink
    19/03/2020 11:34 am

    International women’s day is such an important day to celebrate. I think it reflects on how strong women are and how far we have come to overcome the adversity that used to placed upon us. I love this day!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/03/2020 6:23 am

      Completely agreed.

  86. Kiwi permalink
    19/03/2020 7:48 pm

    Women are trailblazers! I am so happy we have our own month!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/03/2020 6:22 am

      I concur… we are worthy. 🙂

  87. Neil Alvin permalink
    20/03/2020 4:38 am

    Nice! Another amazing article from you. As usual I learned something new from it. Thanks a bunch! 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/03/2020 6:22 am

      Thank you Neil for you positive feedback.

      • Jamie Tutson permalink
        26/03/2020 5:00 am

        Sadly I’m just learning about this wonderful day. I have no idea how I never knew about it. But I’m so thankful for this tradition and will celebrate yearly with my daughters!

    • Renee permalink
      25/03/2020 9:30 am

      Love is inspirational and motivational post! Thank you

  88. Jasmine E. permalink
    20/03/2020 7:17 am

    I had no idea that International Women’s Day first started in 1909. Thanks for sharing these informational videos that helped me further my knowledge. It’s crazy to think that these issues like pay gaps and female genital mutilation were issues that we faced long ago, and these are still issues that women around the world are dealing with. I also love that in Berlin, International Women’s Day is a public holiday!

  89. tingandthings.com permalink
    20/03/2020 8:57 am

    Happy belated international women’s day! Let’s support fellow women!

  90. Mariyam permalink
    20/03/2020 7:56 pm

    Equality and equity, both should go hand in hand while addressing gender gaps. Nice article.

  91. Joanna permalink
    21/03/2020 12:15 am

    There are so many countries in which women still don’t have rights. I was recently in Tanzania and I was shocked to learn that women have to ask their husband’s permission if they want to work. Also, there women are obliged to take care of the house and the children, whilst the man provides – and because of it, they do have control over their wives. It’s so sad… Marrying before the legal age is still widely practiced in the country as well.

  92. FATIMA permalink
    21/03/2020 7:20 am

    Great post! Never under estimate the power of women.

  93. milaroko permalink
    21/03/2020 3:10 pm

    my favorite one is “Where there is a woman, there is magic.”

  94. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    21/03/2020 7:10 pm

    I cant wait for the day where jobs are based on a person and their abilities rather than genitalia. What a wonderful day that will be.

  95. Katy Liang permalink
    21/03/2020 9:12 pm

    I love that International Women’s Day is celebrated so widely now!

  96. Brandi permalink
    24/03/2020 1:24 am

    So beautiful to see all the things women have accomplished all in one place! Thanks for sharing how amazing women are.

  97. Stefanie Kasal permalink
    24/03/2020 2:51 am

    Very impactful post. Thanks for sharing

  98. Pempi permalink
    24/03/2020 6:01 am

    This is awesome! I love everything related to motivating and empowering women! We’re a force to be reckoned with!

  99. Atlas permalink
    24/03/2020 6:49 am

    Great post cant cant believe we are still fighting for it

  100. ChirpyBrains permalink
    24/03/2020 7:28 am

    What a beautiful post. thanks for sharing 🙂

  101. mariahkrystaldotcom permalink
    24/03/2020 1:23 pm

    Thankfully I grew up around women who fought and still fight for women’s rights. It’s so important that the youth are taught equal rights. We as women need to stick together, lift each other up, and most importantly root for each other!

  102. Tiy permalink
    24/03/2020 3:40 pm

    Us women are such powerful beings. Happy Women’s month to us !!!

  103. Veronica permalink
    25/03/2020 3:14 am

    Happy Women’s Month! Stay awesome.

  104. Kristyn permalink
    25/03/2020 8:37 am

    So much valuable information! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  105. thesinnerjournal permalink
    25/03/2020 10:24 am

    It’s really sad that in 21st century we still have to fight for gender equality. Loved every bit of this post!

  106. mariahkrystaldotcom permalink
    25/03/2020 5:59 pm

    I’m all about women empowerment. This is such an inspiring post

  107. Sadiq Saleem permalink
    25/03/2020 7:54 pm

    So inspiring. I think it’s great that we move more to get up and celebrate women’s accomplishments in the past! I have also dedicated an article on international women’s day 2020 on my website The Educationist Hub to represents the strengths and role of women in the world.

  108. Megan permalink
    26/03/2020 4:46 am

    Great compilation of women’s rights movements and our strive for equality. So glad that so many women are still fighting for it!

  109. Dan permalink
    26/03/2020 4:57 am

    I learned so much from this article. Thanks.

  110. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    26/03/2020 9:47 am

    I love Michelle Obama. She is such an inspiration to all. Every time I read your posts I am motivated to take on the world. Thank you for sharing!

  111. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    26/03/2020 3:39 pm

    I love your inspirational posts. They are informative and inspiring.

  112. breebeen permalink
    27/03/2020 12:56 am

    I really love it when we women are celebrated. I love reading from your articles. sharing it now.

  113. Ms. P permalink
    27/03/2020 2:15 am

    Equality is the name of the game! Great post for Women’s Day!

  114. Sarah M permalink
    27/03/2020 5:45 am

    It’s a well written and informative post on Women’s day. I am glad more women are now able to get their rights.

  115. Prakhar Kasera permalink
    27/03/2020 6:35 am

    Gender equality is definitely required, but some people have taken the equality and empowerment topic to another direction which needs to be corrected.

  116. Shristi permalink
    27/03/2020 8:38 am

    Powerful and beautiful article. We all should be proud of us as a woman.

  117. Christina permalink
    28/03/2020 1:12 pm

    I agree it is important to practice political rights. We know through history that if you do not use it, you might lose it. Also, it seems unbelievable that we still need to fight for equal pay/rights in the workplace. Thank you for pointing out the importance of having a day dedicated to women.

  118. Setu | believeinsimplicity.com permalink
    28/03/2020 4:47 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! I absolutely love International women’s day and go on a run every year for an organization to celebrate this day.

  119. DenverPainters permalink
    28/03/2020 8:33 pm

    So much great information here, Thank you compiling it for all of us!

  120. Gervin Khan permalink
    28/03/2020 8:50 pm

    This is definitely an event to celebrate as we honor all the women’s in the world. Great post and loving it!

  121. Len Dulfo permalink
    01/04/2020 1:49 am

    Thank you for sharing this! Happy International Women’s Day for all!

  122. blair villanueva permalink
    08/04/2020 12:35 am

    Women is great, powerful and can do anything when she wants it to. We should be thankful having these women in our lives.

  123. case law permalink
    08/04/2020 5:26 pm

    Wow, what a amazing article. also, you have discussed good point

  124. Sadiq Saleem permalink
    11/04/2020 12:36 pm

    I consider it is very essential to celebrate and promote women. International Women’s Day is a wonderful (and necessary) opportunity to do so.

  125. 21/04/2020 2:02 am

    Such an empowering post!! So many improvements to women’s equality!

  126. JulesMaybeTryThis permalink
    21/04/2020 8:53 am

    Men and women can co-exist quite well together (too bad the men don’t realize it!). Thanks for writing about strong profiles.

  127. LifeMagHealth permalink
    19/05/2020 9:59 pm

    I love the first quotation you have shares by Marie Curie. Women should always be confident and fearless in order to achieve their dreams and life goals.

  128. paolo permalink
    28/05/2020 6:40 pm

    Women are awesome! I salute all the strong and empowered women all over the world

  129. Polly Amora permalink
    13/06/2020 7:50 pm

    Whenever I see women leaders, inventors, scholars, it makes me very proud. Though some country are still struggling to attain gender equality but I’m glad that it isn’t the majority. I live in a 3rd world country but we already had 2 presidents and there are women CEO’s who prove that we are very much capable of accomplishing great things.

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