A few years ago, in the very beginnings of the blog, I created a listicle giving 46 reasons why women are amazing. Looking back, the post is rather silly and superficial – there’s talk of shoes, hair, make-up and the ease of urination in comparison to our male counterparts to name but a few. However, I keep the post up because it pulls in traffic from search engines on a daily basis with questions like ‘Why are women amazing?’ and ‘How amazing are women?’… There seems to be an endless stream of people who want to know what the key ingredients are that contribute to a woman’s ‘womanliness.’
As I age I am more acutely aware of the journey we have travelled as women, and how far we still have to go, but I’m lucky in that I am surrounded by strong, independent, successful women who prove that anything is possible. So, without getting into a debate or using it as an opportunity to belittle the male population (as I find it immensely irritating when Women’s Rights are used as a chance to insult men under the guise of feminism) I wanted to take the opportunity to share some inspirational quotes for International Women’s Day.
Angelina Jolie: Figure out who you are separate from your family, and the man or woman you’re in a relationship with. Find who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that’s the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self because with that, you can do anything else.
Coco Chanel: The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
Judy Garland: Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
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.
Maya Angelou: I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.
Eleanor Roosevelt: Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.
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?
Madonna: A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.
Simone de Beauvoir: One is not born a woman, one becomes one.
Alice Walker: The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
And finally, from a truly inspirational young woman who now lives in Birmingham:
Happy International Women’s Day!