Women Empowerment

 “Woman

She is the creator; she is the giver.

Her presence has made a difference,

Her presence has given us generations.

Her decisions can shake the tree with the deepest roots,

Her power can make you doubt your strength,

She tries, she fails but never would she quit,

Quit to make a better place,

A place where people can say she was ‘fearlessly bold.’”

                                        -Tanya Panjrath

“Had they made a difference,

Have they made a difference?

Can she make a difference.”

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In Unit 2, my work focused on four women from different cultures who have struggled and achieved what they had aimed for. My main motive was to note how these women climbed those stairs of success through their hard work and boldness. One needs a lot of courage, strength, intelligence and confidence to be in the position they possess.

Margaret Thatcher

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“As they say from grocer’s daughter to Iron lady” (Margaret Tatcher, 1925 – 2013)

She was the first female prime minister who was both loved and loathed by Britain. She remains a controversial figure even after her death. Some see her as having saved Britain from economic decline, and others believed she destroyed the livelihood of millions of workers. I heard from the following phrase from the locals: Margaret Tatcher, the milk snatcher. One of my British friend explained how she had banned milk for children in all the schools while claiming that the government could no longer afford the expenses.

Yet according to me, reaching the position where she was is in itself a sign of “empowerment”. For me Margaret Tatcher can be termed as a powerful woman who was self-made.

Indira Gandhi

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“I am not ambitious, I just don’t care about honours” (Indira Gandhi, 1917 – 1984)

The first female Prime minister of India and the daughter of the first Prime minister of India Jawahar Lal Nehru.

Destined with a well political background and educated at some of the best universities in the world, and as a writer and a politician, she was a leader of will and force to the nation of 700 million people.

She was determined to govern an almost ungovernable nation that seemed always in stiff. Her presence led India to the nuclear age. She was liked as well as hated by people due to political reasons.

For me Indira Gandhi was a tough, shrewd and ruthless powerful woman who knew how to mould her citizens and a country which at the time was a mixed pot of corruption, large population and at the developing stage.

Maya Angelou

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

(Maya Angelou, 1928 – 2014)

Impossible to define an all rounder, an author, a singer, an activist, a poet and an award winning author for “I know why the caged bird sings.”

Angelou had a complicated childhood, being raped by a family acquaintance; upon hearing the death of the rapist she was convinced that her curse killed him. This incidence affected her life tremendously as she had blamed herself and stopped talking; she remained mute untill the time she was thirteen.

The silence gave her wisdom and she was able tounderstand herself better by focusing on reading and writing.

According to me Maya Angelou has the power to move the world with her words and literature. She left her past to rise in the future.

Aung San Suu Kyi

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“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear”

(Aung San Suu Kyi, 1945 – Present)

The state counsellor of Myanmar and a honorary citizen of many countries. Educated from the same University as mine (University of Delhi) and later on Oxford university.

After years of living and studying abroad, she returned home only to find widespread slaughter of protesters rallying against the brutal rule of dictator U Ne Win. She spoke out against him and initiated a nonviolent movement toward achieving democracy and human rights. Her ongoing efforts won her the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Aung San Su was imprisoned due to her political activities. But that didn’t from her from achieving what she wanted making Suu Kyi the first person in American history to receive the prize while imprisoned.