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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.