Women from the last century…

When I first started writing for this #BlogHop I couldn’t think of anything apart from a dedication to women in my life.

However, as days passed I read some amazing write-ups and I came to thinking about how driven the women of today are and how the times have changed in the last century.

I decided to write a post dedicating to a few women from the last century, who have paved their way through the thick jungles of patriarchy.

Mother Teresa

The first woman is Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu who was born in a humble home to Dranafile and Nikolle on 26th August 1910 during the reign of the Ottoman Empire in Europe.

This girl who knew would go on to be known as “Mother Teresa,” who served the poor with humility and all her heart.

Picture of Mother Teresa.

At the age of 12, she got convinced that she should commit her life to religion and humanity and this resolve strengthened on 15th August 1928, while she was praying. She left her home at the age of 18 and never went to see her mother and sister again in her life. Her iconic white garb with its blue stripe trim is now equated with her ideals of service and charity among “the poorest of the poor.” She received a number of honors, – Nobel Peace prize in 1979 and the highest civilian honor in India, the Bharat Ratna in 1980.

“If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”

Mother Teresa

The kind words which came from her heart were truly healing. They acted as a great solace and the impact of such small acts has been immense.

Marie Curie

This second woman was Polish-born Marie Sklodowska, the daughter of two teachers was born on 7th November 1867. She took after her mother and was an excellent student, but because she could not continue at the male-only University of Warsaw, she studied at a set of underground, informal classes held in secret in Warsaw.

A picture of madame Curie

After a long struggle, in the year 1891, Curie finally made her way to Paris and enrolled at the Sorbonne where she became the first female professor. She completed her master’s degree in physics in 1893 and a degree in Mathematics in 1894. Madame Curie discovered radioactivity and with her husband Pierre, she discovered the radioactive elements polonium and radium. She also pioneered the development of portable X-rays. Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. Adding to her first win in physics, she later earned one more in chemistry, making her the first person to claim two Nobel honors. Madame Curie made many breakthroughs in her lifetime. Remembered as a leading figure in science and a role model for women, she has received numerous posthumous honors.

Quote by Marie curie.

Further, I have tried my hand at poetry for the woman who has relentlessly believed in me and loved unconditionally and apparently it is her birthday today, My Mother.

She held me gently from when I took the first breath.
She helped to guide me as I took the first step.
She held me close to her while my tears would begin to fall.
She was quick to display that she would take care of all.
She would at times push me, though it was not in harm’s way.
She would use some words, just to do what I say.
She is much more beautiful than anything can ever be.
She is the reason I was, I am, and will always be me.

Though I might not say this enough, I love you the most mom. Happy Birthday.

A Happy Woman’s day to all the fabulous women of the world and especially the women of this #BlogHop for accepting me amongst them.

A very Happy Women’s day

“This post is a part of ‘The Woman That I Am’ Blog Hop #TheWomanThatIAm organized by Rashi Roy and Manas Mukul #RRxMM. The event is sponsored by Kraffitti.”

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113 Comments

  1. Hey reading you again through the #BlogHop.

    “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – These words by Mother Teresa which I feel are very apt in our every day life, with people whom we love we usually spread love, smiles and happiness – I at-least do this to keep them happy and they really are happy. I can give some real life examples too.  The whole of Mother Teresa’s life and labor bore witness to the joy of loving, the greatness and dignity of every human person, the value of little things done faithfully and with love, and the surpassing worth of friendship with God.

    Talking about the super intelligent couple -Maria and Pierre Curie, huge respects to them. It was out of box to read a mention about them in the post. Ms Curie was quiet, dignified and unassuming and she was held in high esteem and admiration by scientists throughout the world. Together with her husband, she was awarded half of the Nobel Prize for Physics and Chemistry – which is beyond words to express the greatness of this couple.

    Happy Birthday to my dearest Sumitra bhabhi – your mom, the amazing lady (whom I have seen on pictures and yet to meet) who gave you birth. Trust me motherhood goes beyond species and being a mother isn’t a walk in the park- it is difficult and rewarding and the world’s toughest job. With women’s day around the corner, this poem to your mom is the best gift. Please do make her read it.

    • I can not express in words how happy and thankful Iam to you. I know a thank you will not be enough, but thanks a lot for reading and commenting. This means a lot 😀

  2. Lovely write up remembering Mother Teresa and Marie Curie. They both were a force to look up to and at the times when patriarchy was at its peak Marie Curie made a path for herself that is truly inspiring. Happy Birthday to your Mom. Lovely poem dedicated to her.

  3. “Where there is a woman there is magic” rightly said. As these great women of yesterday have paved their way through the difficulties and emerged an inspiration for all, may we all women of today find our ways to shine and bring magic.
    A lovely poem for your mom. Happy birthday to her!

    • Thanks a lot for wishes and the kind words. We are going to make it shine and let the Magic(Women) speak for itself 🙂

  4. Wishing your mom a very happy birthday. Loved your poem, it’s so heartfelt and warm. You’ve written about two amazing women whose hard work and struggle paved way for so many more. Loved the Marie Curie quote… We must believe that we are gifted for something. Wonderful read.
    Deepika Sharma

  5. It is always nice to remember the great women of last century. Perhaps you could have added a few more. – Yatindra Tawde

    • I wanted to add more women, but couldn’t. Surely will be writing a post sometime soon dedicating it to a few more SuperWomen from the last century. Thanks for reading 🙂

  6. Mother Teresa and Marie Curie are the inspiration not just for the woman, they are the inspiration for the entire world. They changed the predefined thoughts and put a big example for us. It’s a pleasure to read about them. Happy Birthday to Aunty! Happy Women’s Day in advance to all the lovely ladies!

    Deepika Mishra

    • They sure are a great inspiration and will be for times to come. Thanks for the wishes and appreciation 🙂

    • Thanks a lot Surbhi. I’m sure she is a great inspiration. In fact as a kid I was inspired by her too and that’s why I had to write a dedication to her.
      I’m glad you liked the post. Thanks a lot for reading 🙂

  7. Short, straight to the point and your little tribute to your mom is fabulous plus remembering two achievers. I think your work is truly Women’s day tribute

  8. Lovely tribute to some of the most important women of the past and above all the most amazing person of your life. Good one Sundeep.
    #RRxMM #TheWomanThatIAm

    • Thanks a lot Manas, I surely wouldn’t have done this if it wasn’t for you and Rashi. Thanks for believing in me 🙂

  9. Birthday wishes to your mother. That is a beautiful tribute. It is great to see Marie Curie featured. She is not as much celebrated as other women of her time, and hardly anything is known of her struggles to achieve an education.

    • Yes Ritu. There is hardly anything written about her struggles. It must’ve been hard for her to see that something that she invented, something which would be so helpful for the humankind in the future, killed her.
      She has always been and will continue to be a huge source of inspiration for me 🙂

  10. That’s a nice post reminding of woman who shaped the times we live in. Mother Teresa, Marie Curie are really iconic woman. And loved your attempt at poetry it’s very nice hope the woman who made you what you are today also read it.

    • Thanks a lot for the wishes. I’m glad you liked and appreciate it. An advanced Happy women’s day to you 🙂

  11. Your post covered a variety of thoughts and I loved it immensely.. First of all a very happy birthday to your mom..Lots of love and happiness..
    You are right women create magic wherever they are!!! Your thoughts about Mother Teresa and Marie Curie was very inspirational for me..Best wishes for your next post..

    • Thanks a lot for all the wishes. I’m very happy that they have inspired you. I glad you liked the post. Thanks a lot 🙂

  12. Despite so many hindrances, these women rose up to receive the admiration of the world. Lovely write up! Happy Birthday to your mom. It is so nice that you have paid tribute to her, I’m sure she is glowing! imagine if women receive the support of everyone, they will conquer the world!

    • I’m glad that you like the post. Women will surely conquer the world one day, just hope it’s soon.
      Thanks a lot for reading and commenting 🙂

  13. Well written post. Mother Teresa and Madam Curie are amongst those strong women who are.inspiring us from decades. Their contribution towards society is unforgettable. Wishes to your mom on her day. A heartfelt poem dedicated to a mom, written from ❤️

    • Thanks a lot for the wishes and appreciation. I’m glad you like the poem and the post altogether. This means a lot. Thank you 🙂

  14. Wishing your mom a very happy birthday and what a lovely poem you have written. So beautiful and heartfelt. I loved the quote by Marie cutie and you have written about two women who have been the inspiration for many. Lovely post

  15. even today when we talk about the challenges that we face, one can only imagine how difficult it must have been for women in the previous centuary. Thanks to them, that we are today more independent.

  16. What a tribute on such an ocassion, looking back at the history we will always find such gems who will always inspire us to move ahead in life. Belated birthday wishes to your mom!

    • Thank you for your wishes and yes there are many, I just chose these women because they have been my inspiration. Thanks for reading and appreciating 🙂

  17. This was nice, remembering these two legends from the past. They have been an inspiration to women around the world…great idea and execution to dedicate the post to them.

    • Thanks for appreciating the effort Ninu, They surely are an inspiration and will be for the times to come 🙂

  18. Such an amazing write up including 2 fabulous women whom we all look up-to and swell with pride on their achievements. The 3rd woman your mom, was an equally beautiful tribute. Hats off to all the fabulous women.

  19. We stand on the shoulders of countless number of awesome women who have paved way for us today. Great tribute to three of such women. I have always been an admirer of Marie Curie for her resilience and tenacity and determination in the pursuit of her goal. Mother Teresa was an embodiment of compassion itself. Kudos on shining a light on them on this Women’s day.

    Meena from balconysunrise.wordpress.com

    • Thanks a lot for reading and appreciating Meena. There surely are many such women who have not been given the recognition they deserved.
      Good luck 🙂

  20. Birthday wishes to your mom. You have picked up the most beautiful women of last century and paid your tribute to them. Make your mom read your poem that’s the best gift that she would receive as birthday gift.

    • Thanks for the wishes Debidutta. I showed her the poem, in fact, the complete post and she loved it too. I’m glad that you like the post. Thanks a lot 🙂

  21. Strong women always make way while fighting patriarchal society. You picked up two real achievers. Different take on the prompt.
    Many wishes to your mom. Your dedication through poem is heartfelt.

  22. I truly appreciate that you chose to highlight the extraordinary achievements of a few women from the last century, along with paying tribute to your mother. I hope that your post will pave the way for many more spectacular achievements of women to be highlighted.

  23. Great that u devoted your post to the two great women . It’s always inspiring to read about such people who made a difference to society and are still remembered for their work . Lovely poem which you wrote for your mom too .

  24. It’s a pleasure to read about these strong headed women who have been an inspiration for women over decades and they still continue to do the same. My personal favourite is Mother Teresa because she decided to serve the poorest of the poor and bring peace and love. #damurureads Urvashi

  25. When I had read about madam curie, as a student I was so impressed. In that era, fighting all odds, she could reach to this level. Of course mother teresa was another great woman who worked for welfare of the society and hence is always considered as a woman with magical touch. Great to read about them and love the poem on your mother.

  26. Two women from completely different walks of life but who made an exceptional contribution to humanity and physics. I remember being impressed with Marie Curie when we were told about her work in school. I thought it was so cool. Mother Teresa was and will be special.
    Belated Birthday Wishes to your mother!

  27. wow.. thank u for bringing out his throught his blog hop. I have studied in a convent school and I came to know about Mother Teresa when I was 5 years old. Since then she has moved in innumerable ways. Her selfless love and contribution to society can never be forgotten.

    Your poem to ur mom is the perfect end to this beautiful post. It is such a unique take.

    PS: I love the theme of your blog and the side bars. the picture used so strikes a cord.

  28. What a lovely post where you mentioned some awesome facts about vtgese great inspiring women and then ofcourse giving your heart felt tribute to your Mom… awesome

  29. Lovely and am hapoy you spoke about the woman who spoke the language of kindness and thebotver woman who is reason for many to battle the illness

    Thanks fir bringing them in this hop and it’s a tribute

  30. The first every Autobiography I read was of Mother Teresa and I was thoroughly inspired she was always someone I looked up to. Madam Curie’s work is inspiring and her life-story too, thanks for sharing. Nothing can replace a Mom, my best regards to her on her Birthday. A fab post.

  31. Woman’s day is incomplete without Mother Teresa, whose name already has mother.
    She is a epitome of compassion, just looking at the image gives one immense peace. You write-up has done justice to the theme. She has unconditionally done her duty.
    Marie Curie, another person with strength and determination, has researched when times were difficult and set the path for many woman researchers.
    The poem is one of the best presents you can give your mother. The are here and always put their children first, not even expecting anything back. Lovely post. Really!

    • Thanks a lot for reading and appreciating Srishti. Surely Mother Teresa was the epitome of compassion. Even today when you see her videos, you’ll see how warm even her approach was. While speaking of Madame curie, she is an inspiration not only to women but for generations. I’m glad that you like my post. Thank you 🙂

  32. Wishing your mom a very happy birthday and that’s a lovely poem 🙂 Loved your take on the theme and really happy that you decided to pay a tribute to the great women through your post. Indeed they were much ahead of their times and they relentlessly worked for the betterment of the society. Glad to have you as a part of this blog hop 🙂

    • Thanks a lot for the wishes Rashi. Yes they did work ahead in time and made way for many young women also. I’m glad that you like my approach and I’m always happy to be a part of such #bloghop, I believe this hop has definitely thought me a lot in terms of a writer and a blogger. Thank you 🙂

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