I have grown as a man to understand that women are often underestimated and misunderstood. I feel women don’t yet understand the great potential inherent in them so they tend to go along in life belittling themselves and accepting life as it is. With this understanding, I have taken it upon myself to help enlighten the ladies on their true potential and to remove the cloak of negativity and weakness the world of men have tried to use in limiting the great potential of the most important gender in the human race – The Woman. I have written over 80 articles on this blog and more than 60% have been addressing the female gender and how they can wrestle power from this male domineering world. As a man I have and still continue to do my part.
So over to you men reading this article how have you done your own quota. I don’t mean by writing articles like I do but in your every day life.
Do you respect women in your school and in your workplace?
Do you treat women as the weaker sex?
Do you belittle a woman’s achievements?
Do you engage in domestic violence at home?
On the other hand, as a women reading this;
Do you see yourselves as equals to the men?
Do you believe in the saying that what a man can do a women can do better or you just quote it for quoting sake?
Do you stride you make yourself relevant in your profession and your society at large?
Do you want to work and make a rich wife or you want to just marry a rich husband?
We all have a part to play in the realization of this dream of equality. The days of women cannot vote are over, the days of housewives are over, the days of train the boy child and leave the girl child to learn a trade are over.
People say men are stronger physically than women but I beg to differ. If only you can even comprehend what a woman goes through during childbirth, then that thought pattern would be banished forever.
In a bid to add to the potency of this article, I asked 5 female friends to help add their thoughts to this movement, so here goes:
Vivian Chidueme, Editor-in-Chief of losbeauty.com:
Women are changing lives, one step at a time. The spirit of a woman can never be broken; a saying I absolutely love. With the inspiring lives of women like Oprah Winfrey, J.K Rowling, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Chimamanda Adichie, Kim Garst, Donatella Versace and more recently Lupita Nyong’o , we are taught to stay true to ourselves.
These powerful women who come from extremely different social and cultural backgrounds, defying odds, have shown through their stories that loving yourself, first and foremost is the only true way to learn to love selflessly. That victimization comes only by choice and we have the power to change and shape our destinies if we choose to. Being a woman isn’t about the fancy clothes and superficial things we all love but the unbroken soul that lies beneath. We must learn to love ourselves because it ies only in that that we can develop true passion and dedication to the things we truly love and ultimately influence change in the world around us.
Female empowerment is helping fellow women stand their ground independent of men, making them understand the importance of been strong mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Making sure every girl on the street gets basic education. Eradicating domestic abuse of women and young girls from the confines of our homes. Making sure the woman voice is heard in all sectors of the country. Giving them a voice of hope and reverence. Remember, when you empower a woman, you empower a nation.
Women who inspire change internationally, nationally or even locally are outstanding and should be celebrated because they live by examples and become trailblazers despite all challenges and limitation they face because of their gender. It is easy for a woman to be at d background and go unnoticed in a society but that woman that can live by example n make a difference is a ‘super woman’.
Eris Sandra Zion:
Women inspiring change means women impacting their world,environment and generation. Women trying to be at the fore front of changing history both politically and socially. Women in Nigeria coming together to form NGOs to fight child marriage,child trafficking and prostitution in the country is a big inspiration for change.
Across the globe, we have seen the impact of education, mentoring, sports and job training in elevating the status and well being of girls. Many of these programs are inspired by government and young women who seek to improve their own lives and those of others. Ultimately,these girls do not just inspire change; they are the change and they will grow into women who implement change!
Women have undergone neglect, torture, disregard and many other vices but they still stand up tall with their shoulders high. Although the back of their palms are often filled with wiped off tears, they still take up their responsibilities in the society with all sincerity. Women make the world look easy to handle, men are just too egoist to handle that.
To reiterate what these amazing ladies have said, I’ll quote a few of the world’s women:
Anaïs Nin: How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?”
Oprah Winfrey: ‘I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that’s how I operate my life.’
Madonna: ‘I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.’
Roseanne Barr: ‘The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.’
Anita Roddick: ‘If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.’
Eleanor Roosevelt: ‘A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.
Anaïs Nin: ‘I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.’
Michelle Obama: ‘I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.’
In conclusion, the world has come to realize that a woman’s power and endeavor is no longer limited to the confines of the kitchen or her home. It has learnt to appreciate a woman’s touch with the growing political influence women are having globally as proof.
Let’s start celebrating the women in our lives today. Happy Mother’s Day (30/03/14)