Women’s rights have garnered so much weight over time. Fights against sexism, fights for equal representation, fight for basic human rights, sometimes, and fights on equality generally. As a sequel to this, women have forged on and grown over the years. We even now have female presidents like Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, and President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil. Women now sit on so many boards across the world, and jobs that have been dominated by men in time past, have now become second nature to many women. Also, feminism battles are being won in many parts of the world as top organizations, governments, and human rights activists are part of the fight.

International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year. It commemorates the movement for women’s rights, showcases women who have broken barriers and risen above limitations unto great heights, calls for reforms and changes in areas that are still lacking, and generally celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the world. This year, rather than worry about issues that are still lurking, or start campaigns to motivate women on power, leadership, or entrepreneurship; thanksgivings are in order.

Today, I appreciate the mothers and wives that have nurtured leaders, the women that have fought for various causes beyond apparent ones to their deaths, the women who laid their freedom and freewill aside for greater causes like building their families, those that have given the men a run for their monies in the business world, and the world changers that have refused to give up their radical ideas no matter what. While I would love to run through a list of the impeccable women that have made the feminine gender proud, I really cannot pick a single set of women because every woman today has shown one or more of the required traits for womanhood. This one time, I would agree that we are all stars.

Hence, here is a virtual toast to greatness, to power, and to the undying strength to women across the world. Happy International Women’s day!!

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Lawretta Egba is a professional writer, ghostwriter, editor, and poet. She is the founder of Cyno Group, a boutique content creation/content marketing firm meeting the varying content needs of individuals and businesses towards effective storytelling, problem-solving and economic growth. The company offers in-house ghostwriting, editing, and content writing services for large corporations, businesspeople and economic leaders. Lawretta’s articles have been featured on a plethora of platforms within Nigeria and the diaspora. Some of these include the Premier Pan-African media group reporting on African affairs – Face2Face Africa, Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, Exquisite Magazine, YNaija, and a host of others. She runs two blogs: lawrettawrites.com, where she reviews books, writes on mythology, peeks into transformational African topics, and analyzes matters of the human psyche; and newcommas.com, a brainchild created towards documenting everyday African stories. For info and inquiries, contact via: lawretta@cynogroup.com

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