Celebrating #WomensDay2014: Resources, Quotes and Progress

“If you educate a man you educate an individual but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.” – James Kwegyir Aggrey 

BiNh0E7IIAAQPkiToday is the 106th International Women’s Day! I’m proud to celebrate being a woman and I’m so inspired by the women in my life and our strong women in leadership. This year I will uplift more women & hope to see more women do the same. I will not be afraid to start conversations around equality for women & women’s rights.

Women make strides every day and we will continue to make progress for equal pay and equal respect. We have come a long way! I’m very thankful and grateful for ladies that have forged the way for us now.

A few women I am happy to celebrate:

  • Wendy Davis as she stood up for women’s rights in Texas and was not afraid to voice her opinions and thoughts for hours on end in her pink shoes
  • Elizabeth Warren as she’s launching a campaign to address the student loan crisis and is a well-respected woman in politics today
  • Hillary Clinton as she was an incredible Secretary of State and former First Lady that continues to be an inspiring leader and mom who is making changes for the Clinton Foundation
  • Michelle Obama as she is a beautiful First Day, loving mom and wife and founder of the Let’s Move campaign to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity.
  • Malala Yousafzai because she was strong enough to recover from being shot in the head by the taliban and brave enough to speak about her experience. She is now an advocate for the education of girls in Pakistan and is using her message to educate the world.
  • Margaret Thatcher, Oprah, Nancy Pelosi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou and so many more

Some resources, reads and thoughts for today’s #WomensDay2014:

The International Women’s Day website

“Empowering women isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s the smart thing to do.  When women succeed, nations are more safe, more secure, and more prosperous.” – President Barack Obama statement for IWD.

Click to tweet Obama’s quote

10 Things We Should Be Talking About This International Women’s Day 2014 by Moira Forbes, via Forbes.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” – Gloria Steinem

Achieving Gender Balance in the Workplace, via HR Cloud

“The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world.” – Charles Malik

Click to tweet Malik’s quote

Honoring the work of women on International Women’s Day, via Christian Science Monitor

“Equality for women remains the great unfinished business of the 21st century.” – Hillary Clinton

25 Quotes to Empower Women for International Women’s Day, via International Business Times

“Let us stop turning a blind eye to acts that we know are wrong, to manifestations of customs that have no place in our world and the carrying out of traditions in the name of cultures gone-by. Awareness must replace ignorance and education must replace the folklore that keeps an entire gender crushed.” – Maryam Zar

This Year on International Women’s Day Let us Resolve to Come Together and Amplify our Voice, via Huffington Post

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” – Maya Angelou

Imagine International Women’s Day in 2035, via Huffington Post

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher

25 Most Powerful Women of the Last Century, via TIME

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