To the women who rise

TO THE WOMEN WHO RISE by Ozoemena Amarachi Precious

“We should not only celebrate female political titans like Ngozi Okonjo Iweala or the late Nobel Peace Prize winner from Kenya, Professor Wangari Maathai, who battled fearlessly against the most powerful men, or female engineers, pilots, architects, who have done phenomenal work in male-dominated professions, we should also celebrate the woman who hawks on the street to feed her children, the female tailor who just made another bride smile, the female content creator, team lead, photographer, lawyer, teacher, doctor, farmer, banker, baker, and makeup artist.”

– Ozoemena Amarachi Precious

Yearly, in the month of March, we set aside days to commemorate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

All day and every day, around the world a more gender-balanced world is being forged. From grassroots awareness to highly visible campaigns with impact, gender parity is being forged. It’s a time to reflect on the progress made, a call for change and a means of encouraging bold, decisive action for women.

While brands tend to celebrate notable names who have been extraordinary in their lifetime, it’s also important to celebrate the acts of courage and determination by ordinary women – ordinary women who have played significant roles in the history and progress of their countries and communities.

We should remember that women have shown bravery, withstood challenges and conquered. They have stepped into places, owned them and flourished. There are women all over the world who have stood in defiance of inequality at the workplace, institutions and political positions.

We should not only celebrate female political titans like Ngozi Okonjo Iweala or the late Nobel Peace Prize winner from Kenya, Professor Wangari Maathai, who battled fearlessly against the most powerful men, or female engineers, pilots, architects, who have done phenomenal work in male-dominated professions, we should also celebrate the woman who hawks on the street to feed her children, the female tailor who just made another bride smile, the female content creator, team lead, photographer, lawyer, teacher, doctor, farmer, banker, baker, and makeup artist.

We should celebrate every woman who is living and existing. We should celebrate the woman who is yet to be, and the woman who is.

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