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Celebrating women and womanhood on the 100th International Women's Day

on Mon, 03/08/2010 - 12:24

The International Women's Day, a good opportunity to express our appreciation not only of the women in our life but also, the women who joined the World Citizen Panels network (the half of us), and womanhood itself.

Here's to you a bouquet of my favorite quotes:

Of all the wastes of human ignorance perhaps the most extravagant and costly to human growth has been the waste of the distinctive powers of womanhood (Anna Garlin Spencer, 1913)

Women are holding up half the sky. (Chinese proverb)

Womanhood is a whole different thing from girlhood. Girlhood is a gift... Womanhood is a choice. (Tori Amos)

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is. I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute. (Rebecca West)

Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand beside us, fight with us. (Christabel Pankhurst)

A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty. (Rudyard Kipling)

The ultimate liberation is to be liberated from the identification with being a woman. My womanhood is not the deepest thing that can be said about me. The deepest thing is that I'm a living trajectory of divine purpose and compassion moving through this time and space dimension in this form, and one of the names that I bear is woman. But it is not the whole of the consciousness. (Cynthia Bourgeault)

Here's to you, women and men, a small collection of resources related to International Women's Day:

Women behind the lens ( a 7:52-min video)
Behind the camera with a group of women in Ghana... Worth watching!

International Women's Day Wikipedia 

500,000 mothers in developing countries are still dying in childbirth

Women Who Are Changing The World
Find a picture, click the participate button, add a title and upload your picture.

International Women's Day 2010 LIVE 

Whether you are a woman or man, if you read this blog entry, don't miss to tell at least one woman whom you know on this network what you appreciate about her. Let your expression be creative and heartfelt.