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International Womens Day 2023

15 inspiring quotes about life from great women authors!

Books can be very powerful when they resonate strongly with their readers.
Often, it can feel that the very stories that we're reading were in fact written just for us. This is because the writer who penned the story often understands deeply the highs and lows of life - what it's like to fail and succeed and grow - and she deeply understands some universal truths about what it's like to be human.
Here are some brilliant quotes from women writers who empower us to think differently about our own lives and the world around us.

“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”

“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.”

“An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness.”

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

"Don’t ever think that just because you do things differently, you’re wrong."

“I do not see myself as a footnote to someone else’s life."

"Our histories cling to us. We are shaped by where we come from."

“It’s where we go, and what we do when we get there, that tells us who we really are.”

"You can do some rather extraordinary things if that's what you really believe."

“I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance.”

“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself."

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

This spoken word poem by Sharena Lee Satti passionately calls to #EmbraceEquity

Embrace Equity by Sharena Lee Satti

We are one
We enter life from a tunnel of Silence
Of Darkness
Leaving the comfort of our mother's wombs
Our screams of Innocence that fill the walls of our birth room
We are born into a world from the same portal of life
And no life is more alive than any life that is born
We are born as naked as our souls
As pure as our hearts
As innocent as our screams
So why are the lives of some branded and seen 
As more or less of a human being
Than any other life
From innocense we are born
We are the seed from one root that grows
In different directions
Dancing in different seasons
Seasoned by the environment we thrive in
Or hide in
Not feeling appreciated at the tables we are trying to survive in
Brown eyes should be looked upon the same as one's blue
And one's blue shouldn't reflect that two colors effect 
How the two of us are viewed
Our skin shouldn't be a portal to a checklist
That fits a failing system
But a system that sees through
In between the cracks of how marginalized and unrepresented
Some are forced to live through
Equity starts With me
And with you
Challenging the wrong
And following it right through
Equality has to start grounded from our roots
The soil we live in has to be soil we weave our dreams into 
Our voices have to be the voice of reason
In every breath we breathe in
In every strand of light, weaved into every morning of every season
We have to all come together to embrace the change
To eradicate the hate
The inequality that plays
In a system we want to change
It starts with us
With showing kindness and love
That love that comes from within
If we can feel it
We can breathe it
It can pour from our energy like waves of electricity
To erase any discrimination or toxicity
We can do this
We have got this
Together we can fight this 
And embrace the arms of equity
Working collectively
As one.

Inspired by the powerful words of these literary women? Let their stories inspire your creativity, your pen, your mind and your soul! These are some of my favourite writers, poets and scribes of the spoken word... I have wept, laughed and felt true inspiration from every one of them, who are yours? 
Explore their writing further through reading their works - and discover their stories and the special characters who might in fact change the very way we see ourselves and the world around us. #EMBRACEEQUITY
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