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Thursday, 2 March 2017

March - the time to celebrate womanhood....

I'm sure that many of you will know that on the 8th March each year, we celebrate International Women's Day.  This year the theme is #BeBoldForChange, where women are being called on to help forge a better working world....a more inclusive, gender equal world.  I was born in 1947, and my goodness, there have been so many changes involving women, but I honestly feel there is still a long way to go, which does rather sadden me somewhat.  Sometimes I think to myself, why are we having these same conversations, all these years down the line.  I suppose we just have to keep chipping away!  Apparently, the World Economic Forum is forecasting that the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186.  Now that really is quite a depressing thought. 

 

So, for the month of March, I thought I would devote some time to women that I admire,  for what they achieved during their lifetimes.  They are not in any particular order!

Mother Teresa was, without doubt, one of the most respected and influential women of the 20th Century.  She is, of course, remembered for her amazing charitable and missionary work, involving the sick and poorest in Society. She, herself, was not born into a poor family, and arrived in India from her home in Albania, when she was just 19 years old. Ever since her early childhood, she had always been fascinated by stories of Missionaries and their work in India.  She actually went to Ireland in 1928, to learn English, at aged 18, before moving to India.  After that, she never saw her mother or 
sisters again.  

 

It wasn't until 1946  that she said Jesus spoke to her and told her to abandon her teaching to go and work in the slums of Calcutta. 

There are many quotes by Mother Teresa that I am always inspired by, and here are just two of them ....

"Spread love everywhere you go.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."

"Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love."

I was going to introduce you to my next inspirational woman in this Post, but it's getting to be quite long, so next time I shall be honouring Maya Angelou. I do hope that you can join me again then.  Meanwhile, remember, every one of you reading this is special in your own unique way. 

 

8 comments:

Suzanne Prickett said...

Hi Thisisme. I love this post and your tribute to women. I agree that the progress women have made over the years is phenomenal, and we should take as much advantage for our own successes. But, the fight is sometimes still there, and we still struggle to achieve our goals in some areas.

Mother Teresa was a wonderful woman, who made many sacrifices and loved her work. I did not know of her background and travels so far from home.

Thank you so much for this reminder that women can still be a major influence on society and in the world. We should be strong, and continue onward and upward as you say! And, I love your new header photo of your gardens. What a bright sunny day it shows! You have such fun things to look at! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Will see you soon, dear friend! ♥

Southhamsdarling said...

Hello there Suzanne. Lovely to see you, as always! I'm glad you enjoyed the post about inspirational women. I think we should be celebrated, don't you?! After the lovely sunny day in my new Header photo, we are now back to the rain again, which is pretty miserable, when we are all looking for brighter days, now that March is here. I hope all is well with you at the moment my friend over there in Texas ❤

Sush said...

Wonderful, timely post! Mother Teresa has always been an inspiration. I'm eagerly anticipating your Maya Angelou post. Have a lovely weekend. xoxo Hugs~

Southhamsdarling said...

Hello Sush! What a treat to have you drop by today., and I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. I do hope your recovery is now going from strength to strength, and we have brighter days ahead to look forward to 😊

LindyLou Mac said...

This day was always well recognised when I lived in Italy, but no one in UK seems to bother sadly.

Southhamsdarling said...

Hi Linda. That's really interesting that the day was really celebrated in Italy. I like to keep it alive each year, as I think it's important to do so.

Sally Wessely said...

What an inspiration she was.

Southhamsdarling said...

She truly was, Sally. It's so good to see you here today 😊