Tuesday, March 8, 2011

International Women's Day

This year marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day”

Happy International Women's Day!

I AM WOMAN (Helen Reddy and Ray Burton)


The United Nations declared 1975 ”International Year of the Women”.  They chose this as the theme song.  And it’s lived on for today’s younger generations of women too, who know you really can have everything you’ve ever wanted, because you now have the power to get it.

Imagine the ‘walls and blocks’ Helen Reddy and many other leading business women would have faced back 30+ years ago.  We are alive at an amazing time for women – it’s up to each one of us to embrace our authentic power and beauty and share our message, through the love and energy women naturally possess and make, live and leave our legacy.  And it’s equally important to support, encourage and empower one another.  Our way, I believe, really can heal the world.

I AM WOMAN (Helen Reddy and Ray Burton)

I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend
‘Cause I’ve heard it all before And I’ve been down there on the floor
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again

Oh yes, I am wise But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price But look how much I gained
If I have to I can do anything
I am strong (strong) I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

You can bend but never break me ‘Cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer ‘Cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul

Oh, yes, I am wise But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price But look how much I gained
If I have to I can face anything
I am strong (strong) I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

I am woman watch me grow See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin’ arms across the land
But I’m still an embryo With a long, long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

Oh, yes, I am wise But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price But look how much I gained
If I have to I can face anything
I am strong (strong) I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

Oh, I am woman I am invincible I am strong
I am woman I am invincible I am strong I am woman

Women Deliver 100: The Most Inspiring People Delivering for Girls and Women

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Women Deliver is announcing the “Women Deliver 100,” our list of the hundred most inspiring people who have delivered for girls and women. This list recognizes women and men, both prominent and lesser known, who have committed themselves to improving the lives of girls and women around the world. Honorees derive from the fields of health, human rights, politics, economics, education, journalism, and philanthropy, and represent a great diversity of geographic and cultural backgrounds. The 100 honorees were selected from among hundreds of potentials and feature some of the most intrepid, committed, and results-driven people in the world.

Alphabetical Order, By Last Name

Eman AbdElRahman, Egypt
Hawa Abdi, Somalia
Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, Jordan
Fazle Hasan Abed, Bangladesh
Lynsey Addario, United States
Christiane Amanpour, UK
Zainah Anwar, Malaysia
Michelle Bachelet, Chile
Marge Berer, United Kingdom
Ela Bhatt, India
Mabel Bianco, Argentina
Betty Bigombe, Uganda
Justine Masika Bihamba, Democratic
Republic of Congo
Sarah Brown, UK
Christy Turlington Burns, United
Laura Bush, USA
Yvonne Chaka Chaka, South Africa
Hillary Clinton, USA
Rebecca Cook, Canada
Juliette Coulibaly, Côte d’Ivoire
Marietou Diarra, Senegal
Lydia Alpízar Durán, Costa Rica
Shirin Ebadi, Iran
Nabila Espanioly, Israel
Mahmoud Fathalla, Egypt
Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Nigeria
Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen,
Janette Loreto Garin, Philippines
Melinda Gates, United States
Bience Gawanas, Namibia
Helene Gayle, USA
Leymah Gbowee, Liberia
Adrienne Germain, USA
Rafia Ghubash, Bahrain
Rebecca Gomperts, Netherlands
Geeta Rao Gupta, USA
Catherine Hamlin, Australia
Sejal Hathi, USA
Emily Heroy, USA
Wajeha Al-Huwaider, Saudi Arabia
Edna Adan Ismail, Somalia
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria
Kasha Jacqueline, Uganda
Guo Jianmei, China
Andrea Jung, United States
Imtiaz Kamal, Pakistan
Carolyne Kemunto, Kenya
Imane Khachani, Morocco
Ban Ki-moon, South Korea
Anuradha Koirala, Nepal
Nicholas Kristof, United States
Inkosi Kwataine, Malawi
Marta Lamas, Mexico
Xie Lihua, China
Wangari Maathai, Kenya
Graça Machel, Mozambique
Marina Mahathir, Malaysia
Somaly Mam, Cambodia
Mary John Mananzan, Philippines
María Consuelo Mejía, Mexico
HH Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al
Missned, Qatar
Denis Mukwege, Democratic
Republic of Congo
Chouchou Namegabe, Democratic
Republic of the Congo
Shada Mohammed Nasser, Yemen
Woineshet Zebene Negash, Ethiopia
Martha Sanchez Nestor, Mexico
Dorothy Ngoma, Malawi
Sarah Nkhoma, Malawi
Kakenya Ntaiya, Kenya
Rolake Odetoyinbo, Nigeria
Olufunmilayo Olopade, Nigeria
Marina Pisklakova-Parker, Russia
Jacqueline Pitanguy, Brazil
Ai-jen Poo, USA
Zahra Rahnavard, Iran
Kavita Ramdas, India
Nadia Ribadeneira, Ecuador
Mary Robinson, Ireland
Casimira Rodríguez, Bolivia
Nawal El Saadawi, Egypt
Fred Sai, Ghana
Zainab Salbi, Iraq
Sadiqa Basiri Saleem, Afghanistan
Sima Samar, Afghanistan
Saudatu Sani, Nigeria
Amartya Sen, India
Jill W. Sheffield, USA
Mu Sochua, Cambodia
Gloria Steinem, USA
Shershah Syed, Pakistan
Tatiana Therosme, Haiti
Karma Lekshe Tsomo, USA
Cristina Villarreal, Colombia
Oprah Winfrey, USA
Muhammad Yunus, Bangladesh
UNFPA’s Iconic Leaders: Nafis Sadik,
Pakistan; Thoraya Obaid, Saudi
IPPF’s Changemakers: Gill Greer,
New Zealand; Carmen Barroso,
Brazil; Steven Sinding, USA
Scientific Visionaries: Étienne-Émile
Baulieu, France; Ian Frazer,
Australia; Pak-Chung Ho, China;
Robert G. Edwards, UK
European Champions: Tore Godal,
Norway; Bert Koenders,
Netherlands; Andrew Mitchell, UK
Heads of State: Jens Stoltenberg,
Norway; José Luis Rodríguez
Zapatero, Spain; Tarja Halonen,
Finland Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,

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