For half the population it is ‘our day’ … and I give you a few quotes from thought provoking women:
|Red: official holiday; Orange: holiday for women;|
yellow: non-official holiday.
(see Wikipedia for more details on map.
“Courage calls to courage everywhere.”
Millicent Fawcett, British writer and suffragette (1847 – 1929)
“Feet, what do I need them for if I have wings to fly?”
Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist (1907 – 1954)
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
Dr Mae Jemison, American astronaut and physician (born 1956)
“We are too precious to let disappointments enter our minds.”
NL Beno Zephine, Indian Diplomat (Sightless, but full of vision). (born 1990)
“I am stronger than myself.”
Clarice Lispector, Brazilian novelist (1920 – 1977)
“I really believe in the idea of the future.”
Zaha Hadid, British-Iraqi architect (1950 – 2016)
“I matter. I matter equally. Not ‘If only’, not ‘as long as’.
I matter. Full Stop.”
Chimamanda Adichie, Nigerian Writer (born 1977)
The women whose quotes I’ve copied are taken from those expressed in today’s Google Doodle and are the ones that drew me in … while Clarice Lispector, Beno Zephine and Mae Jemison I had not heard of …
… so I looked them up … to find Clarice and her family had experienced enormous hardship before fleeing from Russian Ukraine to Romania and ultimately Brazil, where her mother had relatives.
The story I found about her harrowing early life makeshorrendous reading … and we should all (always) remember how lucky we are – regardless of where we are in life …
|Taken from a book|
She overcame so much … while in the mid 1960s … the American translator Gregory Rabassa, who first encountered Lispector in the mid 1960s, at a conference on Brazilian literature, in Texas, recalled being:
"flabbergasted to meet that rare person who looked like Marlene Dietrich and wrote like Virginia Woolf"
The quotes are so apposite in so many ways … I leave you to ponder them on this 2019’s International Women’s Day …
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