South Africa’s National Women’s Day is a public holiday on the 9th of August and it commemorates a magnificent day in our history. On that day in 1956, over 20 000 women of all races united to protest against the government of the day’s law that black people must carry a pass at all times. (This pass allowed them to be in „white" areas and if black people did not have one, they were arrested and detained.) The leaders of the march left petitions with over 100 000 signatures outside the Prime Ministers‘ office at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Although the protest had no immediate effect, it was the start of multiracial movement that would eventually see the equality and independence that South African women enjoy today, drafted into the constitution of the nation.
We, at The Grapevine (our staff complement is predominantly female) want to pay homage to those brave women of 1956, as well as to all today’s women – grandmothers/gogos, mothers, wives, aunts, sisters and daughters, be they bread-winners, stay-at-home moms, business owners or employees. Women are nurturers, motivators, peace advocates, supporters, energisers and leaders. That march in 1956 had a song composed especially for it and one of the lines of that song says: „You strike the women, you strike the rock!", which is very apt as women are the bedrock of our society.
In celebration of Women’s Month, here are some inspiring quotes for women, and from famous and successful women. Let us raise our children, girls and boys, to respect, to admire and to acknowledge the roles that woman take and to embrace the fact that women are capable of anything.
- "The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me." - Ayn Rand
- "Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create." - Oprah Winfrey
- "A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." – Eleanor Roosevelt
- "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any." – Alice Walker
- "Behind every successful woman is herself!"
- "Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in other people’s lives." – Michelle Obama.
- "I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said." - Thuli Madonsela
- "Everyone shines, given the right lighting." - Susan Cain
- "Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic." – Rosalind Russell
- "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." - Nora Ephron
- "We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better." - J.K. Rowling
- "I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it." - Estée Lauder
- "Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you." - Hillary Clinton
- "There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there." - Indira Gandhi
- "A good head and a good heart are a formidable combination." Nelson Mandela.
- "Do what you have to do until you can do what you WANT to do." Oprah Winfrey.
- "May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears." Nelson Mandela.
- "You have trust in what you think. If you splinter yourself and try to please everyone, you can’t." - Annie Leibovitz
- "If you’re not making some notable mistakes along the way, you’re certainly not taking enough business and career chances." - Sallie Krawcheck
- "You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through." – Rosalynn Carter
- "If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more." - Erica Jong
I Am Not What Happened To Me. I Am What I Choose To Become.