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May 02, 2017:

  1. “When I’m tired, I rest. I say, I can’t be a superwoman today.” – Jada Pinkett Smith (American actress)

Jada Pinkett Smith, Twitter 

A woman has boundless responsibilities to fulfil and of course, every woman is a superwoman in her life. It takes strength, fortitude, and an indomitable spirit to be a woman and thus it is okay to take a break once a while and rest.

2. “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” –Anaïs Nin (Essayist and Memoirist)

Anaïs Nin , Twitter

 The thought is evoking and empowering in the absolute sense. Do that one thing that scares you every day. Do not tighten yourself in a bud rather blossom like a flower. Sometimes you will find yourself in a moment that will tickle your nerves and throb your heart. Prepare yourself of the bruises that will come your way. Step out of your comfort and see the world through a different perspective.

3. “Women asking for raises should not only know their value, but they should ask with the confidence that they’re helping the company to be successful.” –Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Twitter

Accessing your self-worth is as valuable as the position you hold in a company. There is no harm in asking for raises, you should know your contribution is equally important to the men in the company. There shall be no mayhem in confidence of a woman in soliciting for her share.

  1. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.” – Jennifer Lopez (American Singer)

    Jennifer Lopez, Twitter

A woman should be aware of her potentials. If only you will not realise your true potential, how will you expect others to make it certain for you? It is absolutely right to say that doubt is a killer of a person’s potential.

 

5. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron (American journalist)

Nora Ephron, Twitter

There may come boundless hardships in life that a woman has to face, in spite of being petrified and victimised, strive to be a fighter in your life. Succumbing to victimisation will only make you a source of pity and nothing else however if you switch to heroism in your life, you will find yourself evolving stronger.

 

  1. “Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.” –Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of US)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Twitter

The quote is by the famous Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg who is a glass ceiling breaker, avid questioner, and millennial sensation. She emphasised on gender equality when she was asked to identify the major barrier in the way of equality for women.

  1. “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed nor welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive.” – Audre Lorde (writer, feminist)

Audre Lorde, Twitter

Audre cajoles the student to imagine what it means to live in a culture where to speak is equivalent brutal punishment – imprisonment, death, torture. Can this fear be understood solely as shyness or an expression of deeply constructed norms against owning one’s words? She urges to participate in the global struggle to fight against domination and break the silence with speech.

  1. “A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.” –Marge Piercy (American poet)

Marge Piercy , Twitter

Initially, when a woman is determined to do something she finds rejection and resistance from the society. There will be doubters on her way to tell her that it can’t be done or that it won’t work out. The strength of a woman is realised only when she overlook the notions of people around her and succeeds. And that’s when you become a strong woman.

  1. “I may be wearing makeup, but I can throw a fastball by you at the same time.” –Jennie Finch (right-handed softball pitcher)

Jennie Finch, Twitter

It is redundant to say that women wearing makeup are not worth playing sports or lack efficiency. A woman can equally play fiercely while her makeup on so any judgment on the basis of outer appearance is abandoned and overrated.

  1. Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create. – Oprah Winfrey (talk show host, actress)

Oprah Winfrey, Wikimedia

Holding back to resentments will lead you nowhere but in the past only. Oprah urges women to step out of the woeful past and create a new story for her.

  1. It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent. –Madeleine Albright (American politician and diplomat)

Madeleine Albright, Twitter

In today’s world, it is impertinent to be vocal and develop a voice of your own. Unless you can’t voice your opinion and firm your stance in the world, you will no longer be heard or seen.

  1. “I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say yes, women can.” – Dilma Rousseff (Brazilian economist and politician)

Dilma Rousseff, Twitter

Dilma Rousseff presents the harsh reality of the present world. Many times, it is the father and mother of a female child who impedes the growth of her. The change should begin with the home itself, it is only when the parents of a girl child will stand up and say, ‘yes… my girl can. A woman can” – that day will make a huge difference in a woman’s life. As parents, it is your responsibility to show faith in a girl child foremost before anything else.

  1. “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” –Beyoncé Knowles Carter (American singer)

Beyoncé Knowles Carter, Twitter

There comes a point in life when you have to “Take it” voluntarily and not wait for the power to be presented to you. You will have to speak up, speak out and share your brilliance with the world. Let everyone know what you are capable of and what can you achieve. Stop waiting for green signals or a tap on the shoulder, do the needful before the circumstances knock you down.

  1. “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” – Estée Lauder (American businesswoman)

Estée Lauder(right), Wikimedia

You can have everything you want if you work for it – the quote is absolute in all the sense. Nothing comes your way easily until you step out of way to make things happen. We often hope for the good things to happen to us and get nothing in the end. Amidst of hoping and wishing for great things to come to us, we seldom realise the importance of work.

  1. If I stop to kick every barking dog I am not going to get where I’m going. – Jackie Joyner-Kersee ( American track and field athlete)

    Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Wikimedia

Your journey may be full of people constantly trying their best to bring you down, but if you halt at every end of these people, you will never be able to cross the journey. In order to be successful, you must learn to ignore such people and lead the walk of an elephant before these barking dogs.

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94

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‘Daughter’s Pride Festival’: Celebrating India’s Daughters

It will need a lot of perseverance to achieve women's empowerment, says Jaglan, but the hope is that the names of girls being displayed outside doors will herald a brighter future for girls.

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There is excitement in Patuka village in Haryana state as a man heads out to put nameplates with daughters' names on several homes. VOA

There is a sense of excitement in India’s Patuka village — adults and children look curiously as signs with the names of daughters are hammered outside several homes. It is a novelty in a village where patriarchal mindsets have long held sway.

As Mubin Sumssu poses proudly with his family after the name of his 14-year-old daughter is posted outside his gate, he envisions a new future for her. “I hope she studies well, progresses in life, does a good job and makes a name for herself.”

This is not the life that girls can traditionally aspire to in this Muslim-dominated village, which lies in one of the country’s most backward districts in the northern Haryana state. Many girls do not complete school and their lives revolve around household chores and looking after siblings from an early age. Most are married off young.

The nameplate campaign, called “Daughter’s Pride Festival,” hopes to make a difference by persuading village families to treat girls on par with boys. The aim: Names of girls plastered outside doors will carry the winds of change inside homes that continue to be ruled firmly by men.

The head of the village council is a 23-year-old woman, Anjum Aara — laws mandating female participation in local bodies have brought women like her to prominence. More educated than most girls in the village, Aara has been emphasizing the importance of educating girls since she came to Patuka after her marriage.

She is optimistic that the latest campaign will raise consciousness about the need to empower women. “It will make people understand that the daughter is the identity of the family,” Aara said. “They will be inspired to educate girls. Those with negative thinking about this will become more positive.”

Patriarchal mindsets

It is not an easy goal in places where women traditionally never had a voice. One village woman approached by a reporter for her reaction to the campaign refused to speak without her husband’s permission. The girls whose names have appeared outside homes are shy and appear to have limited understanding about its significance.

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Some families in Patuka village in Haryana state are posting nameplates of their daughters as part of a campaign that aims to change patriarchal attitudes and empower women. VOA

Nonetheless, the man spearheading the campaign, Sunil Jaglan, is optimistic that such steps will slowly usher in social transformation. The nameplate campaign is part of a model he followed in his village, Bibipur, when he was its head. It has now been adopted by the government in scores of villages.

Jaglan says it is not easy to persuade men to put their daughters’ names outside homes in villages with deeply entrenched customs.

He points out that virtually no women get a share of parental property despite laws granting them equal rights. Terming the campaign a “mind-strike,” Jaglan says that “this is a symbol to make people understand that putting the man’s name is not enough. The woman also lives there. She also has an equal stake in the home, in the property, in the village.”

The initiative cuts across religious communities in a country where patriarchal mindsets prevail among both the majority Hindu community and minority Muslims.

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Many families in Alipur village in Haryana state are now educating young girls, and say they will treat them on par with boys. VOA

About 20 kilometers down a road that cuts through fields blooming with the golden mustard crop, 25 out of 700 homes in another village boast