“A strong woman is one who feels deeply and loves fiercely. Her tears flow as abundantly as her laughter. A strong woman is both soft and powerful, she is both practical and spiritual. A strong woman in her essence is a gift to the world.”
Today we celebrate International Women’s Day during National Women’s History Month. This month we recognize the historical achievements of women pioneers, the movers and shakers who changed the landscape of our culture and continue to change the power of perception and progress globally. In celebration of women, our impact and our accomplishments, I am dedicating my poem, We Are Woman, to every woman making a positive change around the world.
We Are Woman
We have the power to change the world
we are here, we are ready, we are strong
we motivate, unite, elevate and inspire
warriors with a strong will to fight and survive
see us, hear us, acknowledge us, woman
we are guardian angels, nurturers, and providers
we spread our wings and soar, even when we feel weak
with an unrelenting strength to feed and nourish
compassion to serve with love, dignity and humility
respect us, protect us, promote us, woman
we innovate and lead where others dare not go
we are teachers challenging the status quo
we encourage, even when we feel hurt and broken
we are mothers, sisters, maternal gatekeepers of family
we are me, we are woman, we are she
we are woman, touching the pulse of this universe
we are woman, fruit-bearers planting the seeds of plenty
we are woman, tears watering aridity and disenchantment
we are woman, recognize the impact of our global story.
©Kym Gordon Moore
For more information about International Women’s Day and the #PressforProgress movement, visit https://www.internationalwomensday.com.
Women! We make things happen, yet endure so much. From entertaining, inventing, homemaking, crafting and innovating to becoming entrepreneurs, partners, entertainers, space pioneers, medical and beauty professionals and…well…need I say more? I think you get the picture. As we kick off this week during National Women’s History Month, we are remembering some iconic and modern songs celebrating women.
Remember that classic song by Helen Reddy, “I am Woman?”
And what about the song “I’m Every Woman” that was made famous by Chaka Kahn in 1978 and later popularized in 1992 by Whitney Houston?
How can we forget Alicia Keys’ song, “Girl On Fire” or the liberating song “Roar” by Katy Perry? These are a few of the songs that set the tone for the rising determination and movement of women in their fight for justice and equality, refusing to be low-rated and perceived as having a weaker intellect than men. Women have historically come a long way and made some pioneering footprints throughout many enterprises.
At times it may seem like we’re trying to be a superwoman, but women are taking the helm and refuse to allow others or systems to take advantage of or abuse them anymore. Women are strong, courageous and determined, yet we are human and appreciate compassion and understanding when we are hurting.
Of course, we don’t have to be every woman, but every woman is us! This is why we sing our songs.
Women have always held a monumental position in history, whether they were given credit for their contributions or not. In a patriarchal dominated society, women from many cultures were led to believe they were of a weaker and inferior intellect. Of course, we know that is not true, especially as women are being recognized every day for their major contributions to unlimited industries universally, throughout history.
The United States Congress in 1987 designated March as National Women’s History Month. Women are stronger, smarter, devoted, loyal, dedicated and more inventive than we are ever given credit for. This year’s theme for the month is NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. While this month is an official celebration of shining the spotlight on many outstanding and pioneering women who paved paths where paths didn’t exist, we will continue to uplift and commemorate how instrumental women are and have always been in our historical footprints.
Contrary to what some may think, the power of a woman is fierce, strong, heroic and mind-boggling. Although progress has been made throughout history, women have faced and continue to face inequality in various industries such as the workforce, arts, literature, politics, religion and film. I love this quote by William Golding (1911-1993), “I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men…they are far superior and always have been.”
Throughout the month of March, we are celebrating National Women’s History Month. Women have been the glue to hold families, businesses, and organizations together, with or without recognition. Yet, those days of ignoring the important role women play in our everyday lives are a thing of the past. Women are resilient and demand to be seen and heard. No longer are voices stifled and visions hidden. Women are and always have been the pioneers of innovation, leadership and community outreach.
The theme for this year’s National Women’s History Month Celebration is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” Here’s one of my favorite blasts from the past, “I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy.
International Women’s Day is recognized and celebrated around the world across developed and developing countries alike. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911. There are ongoing international efforts in the fight for women’s rights and participation in political, social and economic processes. Victimization has perpetuated an injustice among women that still haunts cultures around the world on various levels and in a range of degrees.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Inspiring Change.” Today there will be celebrations around the world to connect and celebrate the achievement of women. This is an ideal time to recognize and inspire change for women in areas that will be viable assets to our local, national and global communities.
I love this video produced by Google. It’s a snapshot of global diversity for women.