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In all ways a woman…..

March 7, 2009


International Women’s Day is being celebrated around the globe today on March 08, 2009. Founded by an American Socialist organization in 1909 after 15,000 women had marched in New York City the year before, demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. The first International Women’s Day took place in 1911, gaining much momentum over the years. Some women receive gifts and tokens of affection, others take to the streets to demand more freedom, and to raise a voice for those who have none. Coming together worldwide to celebrate the achievements of women strengthens and empowers, not only women but humankind.

Text courtesy New America Media
Women’s Day in different parts of the world:)
The next 6 photographs courtesy The New America Media

Toronto, Canada by G. Bacque.

Innsbruck, Austria by Erwin Vindl.

Cameroon, Africa by Reese Baird.

Los Angeles, CA by Philip Untalan.


Santiago, Chile by Juan Pedro Catepillán.

Karachi, India by Firoz Ahmad Firoz. (The coming together of Karachi and India as one word made me smile …a lot:) )Perhaps this typo was meant to be:)

Dhaka,Bangladesh Pic courtesy wikipedia

In All Ways A Woman
By Maya Angelou
In my young years I took pride in the fact that luck was called a lady. In fact, there were so few public acknowledgments of the female presence that I felt personally honored whenever nature and large ships were referred to as feminine. But as I matured, I began to resent being considered a sister to a changeling as fickle as luck, as aloof as an ocean, and as frivolous as nature. The phrase “A woman always has the right to change her mind” played so aptly into the negative image of the female that I made myself a victim to an unwavering decision. Even if I made an inane and stupid choice, I stuck by it rather than “be like a woman and change my mind.”

Being a woman is hard work. Not without joy and even ecstasy, but still relentless, unending work. Becoming an old female may require only being born with certain genitalia, inheriting long-living genes and the fortune not to be run over by an out-of-control truck, but to become and remain a woman command the existence and employment of genius.

The woman who survives intact and happy must be at once tender and tough. She must have convinced herself, or be in the unending process of convincing herself, that she, her values, and her choices are important. In a time and world where males hold sway and control, the pressure upon women to yield their rights-of-way is tremendous. And it is under those very circumstances that the woman’s toughness must be in evidence.

She must resist considering herself a lesser version of her male counterpart. She is not a sculptress, poetess, authoress, Jewess, Negress, or even (now rare) in university parlance a rectoress. If she is the thing, then for her own sense of self and for the education of the ill-informed she must insist with rectitude in being the thing and in being called the thing.

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a woman called by a devaluing name will only be weakened by the misnomer. She will need to prize her tenderness and be able to display it at appropriate times in order to prevent toughness from gaining total authority and to avoid becoming a mirror image of those men who value power above life, and control over love.

It is imperative that a woman keep her sense of humor intact and at the ready. She must see, even if only in secret, that she is the funniest, looniest woman in her world, which she should also see as being the most absurd world of all times. It has been said that laughter is therapeutic and amiability lengthens the life span. Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible, and live long lives. The struggle for equality continues unabated, and the woman warrior who is armed with wit and courage will be among the first to celebrate victory.


The picture/cartoon above never fails to amuse me..:D

In my mind I see all the religions of the world represented in these men and the way they cower makes me laugh out loud.:)

A poem by one of the most strong voices of our times Maya Angelou..
She wrote it for her sisters and the struggle …..
but today this is Dedicated to women all over the world….

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise

I rise
I rise.

Maya Angelou Page

Why the pink?err…dont let your mind wander too much:D
Pink because every woman romances life itself….gift yourself ‘you’

And why a red,red rose pray?:)
Why! for the love we have for ourselves…:)….the way we have to learn to unconditionally accept ourselves, warts and all..:)

Because each one of us,each woman is in love with life …a life meant to be lived to the fullest …we don’t need a day to celebrate all that we are..but we do need it to remind us about the goals fulfilled,dreams that have come true,milestones that have been crossed……….and also to help us realise that we still have far to go…. to ask those who are still watching from the sidelines as we go past..to ask them to join us….

Challenge yourself to find time to be ‘you’.Women are exceptional people.The most exceptional I have ever seen.Steal moments for yourself.

Wife,mother,sister whatever your role in life maybe….yoor life is first yours…and only when you learn to live for yourself will you be able to live for those you love…

Happy Women’s Day to everyone..for the men in our lives who have been with us every step of the way and for those women who made it possible for us to reach here.:)

”In the eyes of every woman shines the soul of a goddess”.-Maya Angelou

37 Comments leave one →
  1. Usha Pisharody permalink
    March 7, 2009 10:02 pm

    Meg, dearest, you fair take my breath away, with history, sociology, photography, photoessay, poetry [favrourite, favourite.. Still I Rise :)], and sensitivity, and sensibility!

    Happy Women’s Day to you too, dear one! To us all🙂 Gift yourself too, those roses, those words of inspiration, for it is here, and a some other spaces , that I renew myself, find worth and value over and over again, and take pride in the fact that I am a woman, and will want to be one again, if I had to be born again into this world. No matter where, and how🙂

    It is also a day, as you so rightly acknowledge, for the men who have been the greatest sources of support and unflinching, unconditional humanity they have shown, in letting us be who we are, and not pigeon-holing women and girls into moulds. A salute to them too!

    What an uplifting post to read today too! Thanks so much Meg🙂

  2. Indian Home Maker permalink
    March 7, 2009 11:05 pm

    Wow. Very well written Indyeah and good to read about the history of feminism on Woman’s day ..

    Love the pictures!
    And lovely lines,
    “Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
    I rise
    Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
    I rise
    Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
    I am the dream and the hope of the slave.”

  3. Reflections permalink
    March 8, 2009 12:01 am

    When u do a post…..u research thoroughly dont u:-D????

    Loved the pictures & the poem

    and the phrase…

    "Challenge yourself to find time to be 'you'"

    Happy Women's Days to U too!!!!!

  4. hitch writer permalink
    March 8, 2009 12:38 am

    lovely post !!

    like usha says, you take our breath away !!😀

    and since you have so many roses already !!

    Happy Woman’s Day…🙂

  5. oorjas permalink
    March 8, 2009 1:43 am

    in all ways a woman.. and proud to be one.

    great post. gives the spirit of womanliness a boost.

    may there be more meaningful women’s days

  6. Da Eternal Rebel permalink
    March 8, 2009 3:42 am

    On this Women’s day, I wish to thank all the women, my mother, my teachers, sisters, friends and all those unknown beautiful faces and hearts out there – Thanks a lot for making this world beautiful !
    In this world of hatred, war and strife we need some feminity if the world has to survive. Please do not remain “Tatastha” any more and venture out to change the world! Man has done enough harm to earth, now its for the woman to undo it.

  7. Da Eternal Rebel permalink
    March 8, 2009 3:43 am

    @Indyeah
    Thanks for the encouragement. I need comrades for this war🙂

  8. nimis540 permalink
    March 8, 2009 3:45 am

    Simply superb and so touching Indyeah ((hugs))

    She must resist considering herself a lesser version of her male counterpart..ah,so true,but most women don’t follow this😦

    Pink because every woman romances life itself….gift yourself ‘you’

    Why! for the love we have for ourselves…:).

    Ah,how perectly said..You made my day ..and made me feel good..

  9. Vinod_Sharma permalink
    March 8, 2009 4:41 am

    Happy Women’s Day! May you have may more! PJ!

  10. Mavin permalink
    March 8, 2009 4:59 am

    Hi Indyeah,

    What a post!!!

    You are really passionate about what you write.

    Greetings to all womanhood…why only today and not everyday..

    My take on all this…we need to go beyond cosmetics and initiate change at a much deeper level.

    IHM once tagged me on Feminism and my response was

    http://mavins-voice.blogspot.com/2008/11/feminism-unchanging-core-essence.html

    Need to catch the essence

  11. R.K. permalink
    March 8, 2009 6:06 am

    There are many things that women can do, but men can’t.

    A man is really really incomplete without women.

    Happy Women’s Day !!

    However i wish that in near future, women’s day would be celebrated just to thank and celebrate this creation; I wish of a time as soon as possible when women wont need any longer to fight for their rights and freedom.

  12. Monika permalink
    March 8, 2009 7:21 am

    oh i everytime i read a post from u i am so impressed by the ground work u do for it…

    this post touched heart and mind both

    happy womens day

  13. Charakan permalink
    March 8, 2009 8:58 am

    Nice and passionate post.Hope each Women’s day will bring a better and better life to the millions of struggling women all around the World.

  14. Winnie the poohi permalink
    March 8, 2009 9:03 am

    Vive la fémmé!

    yay!!😀😀

  15. Indyeah permalink
    March 8, 2009 10:11 am

    Usha Pisharody:-(((hugs)))for being who you are and alwasy saying things just so…the way you gift the words:)

    Happy Women’s Day to you too:)
    the roses:)aww…yes duly noted:)

    ”those words of inspiration, for it is here, and a some other spaces , that I renew myself, find worth and value over and over again, and take pride in the fact that I am a woman, and will want to be one again, if I had to be born again into this world. No matter where, and how🙂 ”

    ABsolutely not fair Usha..these are my words for your space..:)they are..

    Your space has been missed so:((
    please come back now….my patience is running out:D:P

    yes men too the ones who have been with us throughout..:)
    thank you for these words:))
    I am overwhelmed:))

    ((hugs)))and the ones at your space too:))))

    IHM:-arre two of my fav ladies here one after the other..:))me happy:)

    ((hugs))and much love and a wish most precious that each woman finds her voice..:)

  16. Indyeah permalink
    March 8, 2009 10:14 am

    Reflections:-aww..thats really sweet of you:)
    btw one of these days I will do a post linking yours the one on how to blog that I discovered a few dats back:))I loved it:)

    thank you so much for your words:)
    Happy Women’s Day to you too:)

    Dhiren:-so sweet:))thak you so much Dhiren you always bring a smile to my face:))

    and the compliment:)thank you:))

    roses to you too for being one of the men on this journey:)

    And to you too a wish for this day:)

  17. Indyeah permalink
    March 8, 2009 10:18 am

    Oorja:-thank you so much:))and yes proud to be one too:)

    may our tribe increase:))
    PS:-I loved your post on your mom🙂

    Da Eternal Rebel:-”On this Women’s day, I wish to thank all the women, my mother, my teachers, sisters, friends and all those unknown beautiful faces and hearts out there – Thanks a lot for making this world beautiful !”

    this was so beautiful..:)and thank you for being one of the men on the journey too..a journey that continues still

    and I loved your words ,the way you wrote of all that is to be done ..passionate and fiery..

    it was a pleasure reading them:)

  18. Indyeah permalink
    March 8, 2009 10:22 am

    Nimmy:-((hugs)) my friend:)

    you make me smile whne you drop in..certain friends are looked forward to with eagerness:)

    yes all women dont realize it but we do..and slowly this will come about too:)

    glad to make you smile and gladder still to see your clear thoughts and the ay you look at all sides of any issue…a strong woman Nimmy..you are:)

    Vinod Sir:-thank you so much:)

    no not a PJ:)
    coming from you I know exactly what you wanted to convey so thank you:)

    may we celebrate womanhood more often:)

  19. Indyeah permalink
    March 8, 2009 10:26 am

    Mavin Sir:-thank you so much:)
    Happy Women’s DAy to you too:)for I have read of the way you describe of your daughters..:)Thank you for being one of the men on the journey

    indeed we need to go beyond cosmetic changes..and celebrate this every day of the year..

    will go and read your take now:))

    RK:-”However i wish that in near future, women’s day would be celebrated just to thank and celebrate this creation; I wish of a time as soon as possible when women wont need any longer to fight for their rights and freedom.”

    I wish too:)and I also belive that such a day will come..

    thank you for your wishes:)and the way you have written about women:)its a pleasure to read:)

  20. Indyeah permalink
    March 8, 2009 10:31 am

    Monika:-aww…thank you so much:)

    Happy Women’s Day to you too:)we will stnad strong and we refuse to cower…

    take back the night as you said so aptly on your post and the way you too wrote of courage and grit and more:)
    we are women we will not bow down..:)

    Charakan:-thank you:)it is a pleasure to see you here:)
    because I am wary sometimes if a difference in opinion wil lead to no communcation,however you prove me wrong and still discuss:)

    I hope that all women find their voices too be it anywhere in the world…

    Winnie:-Indeed ‘Vive la fémmé!’

    thank you for that joy you brought here..and the way I can picture you skipping here to write:D

    ((hugs))

  21. Piper .. permalink
    March 8, 2009 12:10 pm

    Love the pictures, the poetry and the historical details! Fabulous!! :):) Happy Woman`s day to you too! And like a few people already mentioned, I really love and appreciate the fact that each of your posts are so well researched!🙂

  22. Smita permalink
    March 8, 2009 5:09 pm

    🙂

    I believe everyday is a women’s day…so cheers to the spirit of being a woman🙂

    Lovely post!!!

  23. Poonam Sharma permalink
    March 8, 2009 6:03 pm

    Happy women’s day.. This was a wonderful post.🙂

    How ws ur day, yesterday? I went out and was hit with water-filled balloons, one of which hit back of my head..you know wat eve-teasing does to me…I was v v angry.

  24. Rakesh permalink
    March 8, 2009 6:29 pm

    Hmm, so all you women got your day in the sun!

    Cheers Indy, I know this day means a lot to you and a few fellow bloggers.

    Happy Women’s Day!

  25. Indyeah permalink
    March 8, 2009 7:15 pm

    Piper:-thank you so much:)
    your words here mean so much:)
    Happy women’s Day to you too:)all 365 days of the year:)

    and thank you so so much for all the words:)

    Smita:-Thank you Smita:)

    yeah I believe so too:)I think of 8th March as stock taking day:Dlike how far have we come and what remains to be done…how far do we still have to go..:)

    yeah you put it best:)

    ”so cheers to the spirit of being a woman :)”
    CHEERS Indeed!:))

    Poonam:-Thank you:)
    yes to you too Happy Women’s Day:)
    I know exactly what eve teasing does to you ..and to any woman…those ######### deserve a lesson !

    my day was the same as any other..:)
    these things will not miraculously stop happening on 8th ..theyw ill still continue…like I wrote earlier it is more of a pause in the struggle to see how far we have come and how far we have to go than anything else…

    and Poonam I know what eve teasing does to you..and I LOVE the way you kick ass!

    Your courage inspired me too that day!:)
    a hell of a lot!:)

    (((hugs))Poonam:)
    May your and our(I am getting there:))tribe increase by leaps and bounds!

    Rakesh:-Thank you so much:)yes it does mean a lot…for a lot of reasons:)

    thank you and to you too Happy Women’s Day for being one of the men who has been with us on the journey….:)

  26. Reflections permalink
    March 8, 2009 7:31 pm

    no probs….link away:-D

  27. Chirag permalink
    March 8, 2009 7:56 pm

    hey read this and all I will say is why have only one day to celebrate women’s day??? anyways before I make you mad Happy belated Women’s Days, btw, why are there any happy Man’s day, I will protest🙂

  28. Poonam J permalink
    March 8, 2009 9:27 pm

    Like Joe asked you Dear Woman ..when do u sleep…..you put it all in your posts…and the result of all your work is always WOW…Keep Going Dear Lady.

  29. Sakhi permalink
    March 9, 2009 12:25 am

    happy women’s day to you too!🙂

  30. kanagu permalink
    March 9, 2009 1:16 am

    Its a very nice post..
    And belated HAppy women’s day to you🙂

  31. Indyeah permalink
    March 9, 2009 7:08 am

    Reflections:-thank you so much:)

    Chirag:-arre why will you make me mad?:)nah this is just a day to take stock like I said and see how far we have come and what more can we do..)thats the way I see it:)

    and yeah about happy men’s day?:D
    do protest:))
    😛

    Poonam J:-
    😀
    I am a night creature(which makes me sound scary)more alert at night…:)and need very little sleep thats why:)
    and thank you so much for the words:)((hugs))

    Sakhi:-thank you so much:)and to you too:)

    Kanagu:-thank you so much Kanagu:)and we need more men like you too:)

  32. Mystic Margarita permalink
    March 9, 2009 7:55 am

    Hi, I followed a comment Piper left on my blog and found yours! And boy! Am I glad!🙂 I loved your post and your in-depth knowledge. And I love Maya Angelou’s poems, too.

  33. Indyeah permalink
    March 9, 2009 8:45 am

    Mystic Margarita:-Thank you so much:))
    for all the words:)
    really glad to see you here:)

    yes Maya Angelou is something isnt she?:)

  34. amit permalink
    March 10, 2009 10:41 am

    You are fortunate that you have a day assigned to you!😦 Think about us men!
    Anyways, first time here and this post is something to cherish!
    Happy Belated Women’s day!

  35. freespirit permalink
    March 10, 2009 9:43 pm

    We still rise…

    Happy Women’s Day!

  36. MonkAre permalink
    March 11, 2009 8:08 pm

    It’s so nice site. We love to see more on this site. Keep on updating… MonkAreYou Bali
    *gjhsahd

  37. Indyeah permalink
    March 11, 2009 11:07 pm

    Amit:-:)Thank you for the wishes🙂
    I look forward to the day when Women’s Day becomes a celebration of womanhood like other festivals rather than the hard hitting ,’helping us open our eyes to reality day’ it is today..
    I pray that men never require a Mens day the way we have it today..but rather have it as a festival..:)

    thank you for dropping in:)

    Freespirit:-Thanks :))yes indeed we still rise..:)
    ((hugs))

    MonkAre:-thank you

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