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When Women Win ...

... the whole world gets better and brighter. We ARE change agents, and the whole world should know it.

I was watching Isabel Allende in a TED Talk video (if you don't know TED Talks, you need to. They're awesome. Full stop). She was talking about the importance of passion, how the women she met on her walk during the Olympics were women of passion, living and working for a cause they believed in, and how essential that was.

Then I was reading Michelle Bachelet's speech at the official launch of UN Women.

Then I listened to Courtney Martin in another TED Talk about 'feministing', and how the young generation of feminists have changed the face and name of the game, but still toil for the cause that has not, in 100 years, lost meaning or validity.

Then I remembered a talk I had with my coworkers, and how they laughed at me for calling myself a feminist, and for proposing very unorthodox views about equality between men and women ... and I remembered my mother, and the pillar of strength and resilience that she has been. What if there was no women's movement? Could she be where she is today? Could I be who I am today?

It's been 100 years. But it's been a battle well worth it.

So here are is the final stanza of a poem I wrote as an ode to my grandmother:

'I am not weak-willed. I am strong.
The blood of a thousand warriors flows through my veins.
Long live indomitable woman.'

Comments

usha kc's picture

Hello Ruthibelle,, I

Hello Ruthibelle,, I appricate you feelings dear,, go ahead ,,, we are here to make your feeling strong.

love

ruthibelle's picture

Thank you so much for reading

Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Happy to know that there's a community of women who listen to, love and support each other.

Love,
Ruthibelle
ruthibelle.blogspot.com

evan.darraji's picture

yes

Yes Dears, we are all here to be a powerful, effective human in our life & others.

AchiengNas's picture

Powerful

Ruthibille,
You are such a powerful voice! Indeed without feminism, without women movement we and I would have been a bush woman, not educated, voiceless and toiling so hard in a poor man's garden and feeding 12 mouths as my own children. Thanks to women movement, thanks for this short and powerful article Ruthibille.

Regards,

Beatrice

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

ruthibelle's picture

thank you

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it. I agree that the women's movement has transformed the lives and prospects of many.

Love,
Ruthibelle
ruthibelle.blogspot.com

Stella Paul's picture

The unspoken revolution

Dear Ruthbelle

Every girl grows up hearing 'charity begins at home'. What nobody tells is that revolution also begins at home. A mother starts a silent revolution by not taking down everything thrown at her and passes on the baton to her daughter.
You got your baton. Keep running!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

susanhall's picture

Interesting. This reminds me

Interesting. This reminds me of an observation made by a man I met in 2005 "Women Making Change' delegation to Afghanistan. He said that the key to peace is Afghanistan is education for women. Even the Taliban have mothers who can and do influence them.

susan m hall | photographer
www.susanmhallphotography.com

Stella Paul's picture

So true!

Dear Susan

I would agree a great deal with what the man said. If you look around, the Taliban are catching 'em young and planting thoughts in their mind. (As I write this, I hear the news of 40 kids abducted by Taliban in Peshwar) . Naturally, we wonder, what if their mothers had implanted some thoughts - of constructive kind - in their minds? It would work,right?
Informal education - none can beat a woman in that! And the world needs that kind of education, right now

Many thanks!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

tanvir kaur's picture

Hi Ruth...i do know TED Talks

Hi Ruth...i do know TED Talks and i find them so inspiring...there is not a single issue that is not or cannot be covered in TED...and in regard to your post, i would like to say that there are still people who shun the idea of women equaling men..and you know there are women who feel this to be true..!! unless a woman herself makes up her mind to fight, she can't , no one can make her..

Tanvir

@tanvirkaur89

ruthibelle's picture

Thanks for responding. I

Thanks for responding. I appreciate it. I absolutely agree with your views on TED Talks and women's empowerment. I look forward to communicating with you more.

Love,
Ruthibelle
ruthibelle.blogspot.com

tanvir kaur's picture

Same here...Cheers..:)

Same here...Cheers..:)

Tanvir

@tanvirkaur89

Stash's picture

Ashamed

Very ashamed I have never quite encountered any of those TED Talk experiences...:( Feministing - new word. Thanks Ruthi

I love your will and strength dear worrier.. I know what it means when people make fun of you just because you challenged a stereotypical image or idea of women, not mentioning acting against traditional viewpoints. stay strong.

A drop of rain can revive the earth, be the drop.

Hummingbird

ruthibelle's picture

thanks much

thanks much and you do the same!

Love,
Ruthibelle
ruthibelle.blogspot.com

claudiaperalta's picture

Hi Ruthibelle, I am so with

Hi Ruthibelle,

I am so with you on this one, we ARE the change agents, and the world will be brighter and healthier, more balanced with our passion and our voices as part of the global equation. I love the poem you shared. I haven't seen the Isabel Allende TED talk, but will check it out...

And here's another awesome TED talk for you ... :) it's by Sarah Kay: called "If I should have a daughter ...''

ruthibelle's picture

R u kidding??

OMG!! Are you kidding me? That Sarah Kay TED talk is already TOTALLY one of my ALL-TIME faves. I wish I wrote poetry like that. She's awesome!! It's so great to meet people who share this passion, and who even love the same TEDTalks!! Pulsewire, I swear, this is like a little bit of heaven! It's like Christmas on here! Power to women everywhere! lol :)

Thanks for sharing though. hopefully, others will find and appreciate these talks as well.

Love,
Ruthibelle
ruthibelle.blogspot.com

LOL- yes, Sarah Kay is TOTALLY awesome, I got chills just listening to her and it's the same no matter how many times I hear it....just heard the Isabel Allende one, thanks for sharing!!!! That was awesome too, and made me crack up with the whole 'Sofia Loren' bit :) .... and I'm a total believer in passion and the passionate heart in creating the fire for change, so it really resonated***

So since we seem to have the same taste I would love to share another Ted talk from another super-cool woman (this is one of my favorite blog/sites)

http://awakeningwomen.com/2010/12/17/my-firts-tedx-talk-the-fierce-face-...

Hope you enjoy it!

Power to women everywhere is the way, sister!!! Glad to connect with you, and let's help join hands and make a difference...!

amiesissoho's picture

lucky to be laughed at...

You're lucky to be laughed at. In my part of the world only a handful of us dare call ourselves feminist. They will all join us at their own pace, Women's rights Advocate, gender Activist to feminist. It is a gradual process of maturity to understanding feminisms.

Amie

sunbo55's picture

Women are born win

Women are mother of the nation and we must take up our ridhtful place.

ruthibelle's picture

Agreed

I agree with you all!! Yes. Absolutely yes! Women are powerful, strong change agents and the more we take on our roles and play our part, the better the world will be. Thanks so much for commenting.

Love,
Ruthibelle
ruthibelle.blogspot.com

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