This, this is about my own some-day daughter. When you approach me, already stung-stayed with insecurity, begging, “Mom, will I be pretty? Will I be pretty? , ” I will wipe that question from your mouth like cheap lipstick and answer no.
The word pretty is unworthy of everything you will be, and no child of mine will be contained in five letters. You will be pretty intelligent, pretty creative, pretty amazing, but you will never be merely “pretty.”
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”—Elizabeth Kubler Ross
“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.”—Andrew Boyd (via thebeautifulyouth)
Indian sportswomen, it appears, have finally arrived, seeing their triumphant performance at the Commonwealth Games where they won medals in almost every sport they took part in, say noted women experts.
The Indian sportswomen have emerged as the real ‘heroes’ surprising many with their prize-winning spree.
'We are very proud of them and their efforts. They have become role models for many young girls. Their success is an inspiration and a proof that if girls are given a chance, they can shine too,' Ranjana Kumari, director of the Centre for Social Research, told IANS.
'If they are encouraged more, they will definitely do much better. There should also be a support system for athletes who come from poor backgrounds, irrespective of their sex,' Kumari said.
'And it was seen in these Games that many such athletes exhibited so much of talent,' she added.
"I think there’s another way of looking at this as well — one that goes beyond national comparisons. In fact, I would say that real drivers of the "Post-American World" won’t be China … or India … or Brazil — or any nation for that matter. The real drivers will be women. Women entrepreneurs, women business, political, academic and cultural leaders — and women innovators. The truth is that women already are the most dynamic and fastest-growing economic force in the world today."
-Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”—Martin Luther King
The essay is generally seen as a feminist text, and is noted in its argument for both a literal and figural space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by patriarchy.
In one section, Woolf invented a fictional character, Judith, “Shakespeare’s sister,” to illustrate that a woman with Shakespeare’s gifts would have been denied the same opportunities to develop them because of the doors that were closed to women. Like Woolf, who stayed at home while her brothers went off to school, Judith stays at home while William goes off to school. Judith is trapped in the home: “She was as adventurous, as imaginative, as agog to see the world as he was. But she was not sent to school.” Woolf’s prose holds all the hopes of Judith Shakespeare against her brother’s hopes in the first sentence, then abruptly curtails Judith’s chances of fulfilling her promise with “but.”
“We all need to try and think about things a little bit differently - how to think about what you require - living life for yourself rather than for someone else. Women in particular become what someone else expects them to become.”—
Samar, a doctor who is head of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, would be the 13th woman to win the prize, joining laureates such as Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Samar formed Shuhada, a group focused on health care for Afghan women and also served as the UN special rapporteur to Sudan. After more than a decade in exile, she returned to Afghanistan in 2002 and was appointed Women’s Affairs Minister in Hamid Karzai’s transitional administration.
Samar, 53, is the “top pick,” said Kristian Berg Harpviken, head of the Oslo-based institute, which ranks potential winners.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nation’s Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security and “it’s very likely the committee would like to use the opportunity to mark the situation of women in war, the whole gender issue related to conflict,” Berg Harpviken said in a telephone interview.