Female = Iron man ( get it? Because in the periodic table iron is Fe)
The world is full of extraordinary women. It’s not always the case that they are on the cover of a magazine or their face is plastered on every other television network or in the media. Be assured that you most certainly meet extraordinary women every day. Unfortunately, some extraordinary acts can never be captured on camera for the whole world to see. These acts are the daily acts of love, sacrifice, kindness from the mothers, wives, sisters, daughters—just the basic people we get to see every day. We forget to honor them and focus on the stars that get published in the media. Not that it’s wrong to appreciate that woman who invented the sky, (wink wink—because no one invented the sky) but it’s good to take time to acknowledge and appreciate the simple things that appear to be insignificant because you get them daily but you realize the magnitude in their absence. So take time to reflect and appreciate that woman or those women in your life that have loved you unconditionally, given cheerfully, listened attentively, honored with grace, smiled gleefully, hugged without fear, sacrificed without regret, accepted with open arms and a glad heart and cared with kindness.
It’s no doubt that women have it hard and they continue to, even in this new generation—the free society. Women still face humiliation, sexual harassment, gender-based violence, discrimination, and many other forms of violation. Sadly, most of the time some women suffer in silence and eventually grow numb to all the pain and abuse.
Even though women face a lot of challenges they continue to press towards the mark of greatness. There are a lot of women who have outdone themselves and proved to be the epitome of phenomenal. Some of these women who have changed the face of femininity include:
(NB: the list of women below has been chosen at random by the author. No particular criteria, order, ranking, or title was employed in the selection process.)
Nicknamed “Mama Africa,” Makeba is renowned throughout South Africa and the rest of the continent for her endless activism. She used her global platform as a singer-songwriter to speak against apartheid in the ’70s and ’80s, calling attention to the plight of black South Africans through her music.
Yousafzai survived a gunshot wound to the face by the Taliban and has since become a spokesperson for human rights, education, and women’s rights. In 2014, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Betty Makoni, the founder of the Girl Child Network is a fearless gender activist. Through her organization, which cares for Zimbabwe’s young sex abuse victims, she has helped rescue a lot of girls. A holder of two University of Zimbabwe degrees, she has also won numerous awards.
She lived through Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and was forced into marriage at age 15, Jaha Dukureh began speaking out against the practices. Dukureh, a UN Women Regional Ambassador for Africa, is now the CEO and Founder of the NGO “Safe Hands for Girls” that provides support to African women and girls who are survivors of FGM and addresses its lifelong, harmful physical and psychological consequences.
Mother Teresa was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary who dedicated her life to caring for the destitute and the sick, particularly in India. A true definition of humanity.
Queen Nyamazana Dlamini
Leader of the Swazi group that broke away from her uncle, King Zwangendaba Jele! She killed the last Mambo and conquered the Mighty Rozvi State!
First African-American First Lady. Before she was the First Lady, she was a lawyer. During Former President Barack Obama’s time in office, she led several meaningful initiatives, most notably her Let’s Move! campaign to fight childhood obesity.
Ayanda Candice Sibanda
A model and activist. Sibanda is the founder of the Ayanda Candice Foundation, which advocates for albinism and girls’ rights, as well as the founder of Zimbabwe’s Outstanding Teen. She is a law student at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare.
A Kenyan internet comedienne from Nairobi. She gained recognition during the Covid 19 quarantine period by making satirical monologues. By the end of the year, she had got an endorsement from both Fenty and MAC and she recently bagged herself yet another achievement by partnering with luxury brand Valentino.
One of the greatest wordsmiths of our time, Maya Angelou gave us literary classics such as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
A Liberian politician who served as the 24th President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. Sirleaf was the first elected female head of state in Africa.
Caster, the athlete, has unprecedented skill on the track, winning numerous medals over the years, including a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics. She won the MTV Africa Music Award for best personality for 2016 and she reigns as one of the most successful and inspirational women in sport.
The list of women inspiring the world today is endless. There are many women, whom I have not mentioned, the likes of Jenet Guthrie, no Violet Bulawayo, Sindi van Zyl, Indira Gandhi, Jamila Abass, Margaret Mungherera, Hope Masike, Valerie Thomas, Prudence Katomeni, Queen Elizabeth, Meghan Markle, Professor Thulisile (Thuli) Madonsela the women serving in the armies of the world, the list goes on. Every mother, sister, daughter is phenomenal.
Women have been doing the most for the longest! We celebrate women because things haven’t been the easiest for women with a lot of social restrictions. It’s safe to say that women are world changers. We salute every woman. The month of March marks the economic, political, and social achievements of women. It also serves as a reminder to the next generation that it’s possible.
Happy women’s month!!