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Women’s Lives Matter

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” Maya Angelou

Women's Lives & Issues Matter - women's photo collage

Women’s Lives & Issues Matter – women’s photo collage

Women's Lives & Issues Matter - Quotes Collage

Women’s Lives & Issues Matter – Quotes Collage

Women’s Lives Matter: Why do Women’s Lives & Issues Matter? Issues affecting women and girls lives matter to me not just because I am a woman, they matter because I believe in gender equity and equal justice for all.  Yes, ALL lives matter. I grew up in a household of strong women who weren’t afraid to speak their mind. However, my mom, grandmas, and many of my aunts grew up in a time when there were much more restrictions on women’s career choices and physical movement.  Some of them couldn’t go to school because getting an education was the reserve of men, and of  boys who were expected to run the household later in life.

My generation benefited from the sacrifices and price my mother and her cohorts paid for us to feel free to do almost anything we wanted to do. It’s easy for some women to thumb their noses at the women’s movement today, but if you take time to read up on history, you’d be shocked to discover that women were considered chattel for many years in the USA.  You’d be appalled to learn that there are places in the world today where women are still owned as possessions; like cars and toys.  Have you ever asked your Mom what it was like for her growing up?  What was it truly like? Not the amnesia induced version … Why is your life different from hers?

“The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.” Adrienne Rich

Hear Our Voice: Women's march on DC, Jan 21, '17

Hear Our Voice: Women’s march on DC, Jan 21, ’17

Across Women's Lives: Major Issues Facing Females Globally

Across Women’s Lives: Major Issues Facing Females Globally

Both of my grandmothers were amazing women who raised large families with skill and wisdom. My paternal grandmother raised my dad alone after her husband died suddenly of a heart attack. She sent him to school during a time when education was not available to all or even considered a road out of poverty. My maternal grandmother was a fierce lady who spoke several languages and raised a household of fifteen children, some of whom died at birth. She watched some of her children’s lives unravel and nursed a few through their darkest moments.

I believe that all women have the potential to live fulfilling lives and that female empowerment must begin with each of us. We must rise above our petty bickering and learn to support and uplift each other. We must stop sabotaging our gender. For every wall we tear down, for every glass ceiling we break, for every stride/demonstration/walk we take for change, we must bring others along with us and mentor the younger generation.

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“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

Women’s Lives & Issues Matter – Elizabeth Lesser Quote

Women’s Lives & Issues Matter – Elizabeth Lesser Quote

Across Women's Lives: Major Issues Facing Females Globally

Across Women’s Lives: Major Issues Facing Females Globally

Why do Women’s Lives & Issues Matter? If you can’t think of a reason, ask the question of someone else and then ponder why you are at a loss for words. Of course, all lives matter …  women carry half the sky on this earth, yet, many women around the world live a deferred dream. We need to open our hearts, eyes, and minds to hear our collective voices. We must never forget to speak up for the voiceless.

This page was created to share all my posts and other curated materials on women and girls. If something holds your interest, respond to it. If there is vital information you’d love to share that we can all use to learn and grow, share it. I welcome every visitor to this page; I welcome each and every one of you as a mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt, girlfriend and supporter of women’s rights and human rights.

Positive Motivation Tip: Everything we do matters to someone. The lives of all humans matter. Girls and women matter. We are connected and our silence over inequities is death. Issues that affect us, affect others around us. Take charge and lift each other up. Women’s lives matter.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos woman, via Wikipedia, women’s march posters, via AmplifierFoundation or from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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110 Comments leave one →
  1. heatherctm permalink
    11/06/2015 4:07 pm

    Beautiful quotes from beautiful women. I love this. Nicely put together!

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  2. Liz Mays permalink
    11/06/2015 4:52 pm

    I love, love, love the quote about finding ways to lift each other up. That’s the way to be!

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  3. Liz Mays permalink
    11/06/2015 5:06 pm

    There are still a lot of obstacles set by ourselves and society that we need to navigate. Those on the side of progress have the unshakable drive necessary for change though.

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  4. Sojourner Williams permalink
    11/06/2015 6:12 pm

    Thank you for this post. I love reading your work. You’re always so powerful and inspiring. The quote by Maya Angelou about women standing up for themselves gave me shivers. I just finished reading Chimananda Ngozi Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists,” and I feel so inspired. Have a beautiful weekend!

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  5. upliftingfam permalink
    11/06/2015 8:21 pm

    I am so thankful that times have changed and that women are able to play important roles in society. I know that I was the first on our family to get a college degree. Granted it has been a waste of money since I can’t work.

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  6. Lynsey Jones permalink
    11/06/2015 8:56 pm

    This is a great post. I can’t help but agree with you that women have changed history a lot and are an important part of it.

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  7. Kendra permalink
    11/06/2015 9:07 pm

    These quotes are so beautiful and I love that your photo collages represent women of all races and backgrounds!

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  8. The Trophy WifeStyle permalink
    11/06/2015 9:15 pm

    Yes. I love this message! I think we need to be great role models for young girls so they grow up to dominate the world! Girl Power 🙂

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  9. Michelle hwee permalink
    11/06/2015 10:52 pm

    I so agree with this! Women are important and we are powerful and strong ❤ Let's show them what we're made of!

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  10. Daytodaymoments permalink
    12/06/2015 1:51 am

    I always find myself inspired and moved by your posts.
    Great post.

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  11. Kero Pinkihan (@Kero_P) permalink
    12/06/2015 1:52 am

    Love the quote on empowering fellow women. Too many times we feel threatened of each other existence!

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  12. dogvills permalink
    12/06/2015 2:10 am

    Truly appreciate your post. This really empowers all the girls, ladies and women out there. Amazing and inspiring.

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  13. Esme Sy permalink
    12/06/2015 2:33 am

    I love the beautiful quotes. I like Maya Angelou’s quote. When a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women. So true!

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  14. Heather permalink
    12/06/2015 6:34 am

    Love these quotes! I couldn’t agree more. You had some awesome grandmothers in your family. They sound like they have helped influence you in some awesome ways.

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  15. Beth@FrugalFroggie permalink
    12/06/2015 7:21 am

    Such a great post. Very motivational.

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  16. 3sonshavei permalink
    12/06/2015 8:15 am

    Such remarkable women who should be celebrated!

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  17. marly_ms permalink
    12/06/2015 8:24 am

    Women plays a big role in the world. Without women, there is no men. – Mhar Sefcik

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  18. kristrange permalink
    12/06/2015 9:21 am

    I think everyones life matters. and these are great reminders to give those who give so much credit.

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  19. amanda permalink
    12/06/2015 5:51 pm

    What a beautiful and inspirational post. I keep hearing in the news how some big businesses and some state governments are trying to infringe upon women’s rights. It is so disheartening–they all need to read this article!

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  20. 12/06/2015 7:03 pm

    I love this post and its very inspiring too. And the photos & quotes are amazing as well. Women are so powerful & I agree we must all take charge & lift each other & stay motivated always.

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  21. Dhemz permalink
    12/06/2015 7:34 pm

    I admire all these women….such an inspiration! Women’s lives matter indeed! Great read.

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  22. LifeAsAConvert permalink
    12/06/2015 8:31 pm

    What an inspiring/empowering post. I think all lives matter and it is crazy that people are still being treated differently for gender or race or other uncontrollable factors.

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  23. dogvills permalink
    12/06/2015 8:35 pm

    Women empowerment at it’s best! This is the message that you carry in this article. Well done Eliz.

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  24. Manu Kalia permalink
    13/06/2015 9:40 am

    A very inspiring and motivating post, This should be spread around the world.

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  25. Yona Williams permalink
    14/06/2015 1:29 pm

    I am in love with that ‘hen’ quote by Margaret Thatcher. I feel like I should put that on a TV shirt or something.

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  26. Manu Kalia permalink
    16/06/2015 8:23 am

    I agree with this, Woman are worth respecting for. Thank you for the inspiring post.

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  27. Jill's Scene permalink
    24/07/2015 1:08 pm

    Elizabeth, what an uplifting post. Good on you for putting it together. During my lifetime, in my part of the world, women have become much more visible in public office, in science, in the arts, in business. But, true equality remains illusive. So often women, now, must shoulder the primary burden of childcare as well as maintaining their jobs in a fiercely competitive market place. Your post reminded me of how much has been achieved, something that is easy to forget when focussed on all that is still to be done.

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    • 30/07/2015 9:57 am

      Thank you Jill for taking a moment to stop by and comment… You are right, we’ve made important strides even as we battle for others… May we never forget those who came before us.

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  28. Claudette Esterine permalink
    02/08/2015 7:21 pm

    Women and indeed all life matters! Thank you for a lovely and inspiring posts. Your photos are always so beautiful as well!!!

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  29. Mireille Roc permalink
    12/08/2015 9:55 am

    this is fabulous. I read a horrible story yesterday about a father in Dubai who refused to let rescue workers save his drowning daughter because he didn’t want them to “dishonor” her by touching her and he let the girl die. I was so saddened by it. Reading this has lifted my spirit again highlighting the power of women

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  30. Claudette Esterine permalink
    20/08/2015 5:54 am

    Yes, our lives do matter and our living and being will remind those who doubt it. Great post.

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  31. tara pittman permalink
    28/08/2015 11:09 am

    We do matter. Behind every great man and woman their is a mom who raised them.

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  32. Kerry O'Byrne permalink
    14/07/2016 11:11 am

    Every life matters, we still have a long way to go to find peace and equality for not only for women but all humans alike.

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  33. Jessica Taylor permalink
    12/04/2017 12:35 pm

    Such an empowering post! I absolutely agree with the quote you posted: 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

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