Today is International Women’s Day! Happy Women’s Day to my women readers and thank you to the men readers too who walk alongside us.

Around the world, women are redefining themselves, their roles in the family and the world and  turning old power structures upside down! Women, all the world over, are inspiring change! That to me, is truly phenomenal.

For me, the good news is that the very same media that we are wont to bash brings us such wonderful stories of women who are inspiring change and become role models for the next generation of women.

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While some women get caught up with the false notions of beauty that society seems to dish out – there are others who are inspiring change by asking us to look within for true beauty.

You can’t eat beauty. You can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What sustains us is compassion. ~ Lupita Nyong’o, Kenyan actress who recently won an Oscar

Then there are others inspiring change by not allowing their physical disablities to hold them back from becoming powerful agents of change.

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I’m not interested in making a little noise – I’m looking to change the paradigm.
Neema Namadamu is the founder of Maman Shujaa, a powerful women-led initiative that uses digital media to amplify the voices of women demanding peace in eastern Congo.

Other women inspire change by showing how you can balance a very successful career with an equally good home life.
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If I had stepped away, listening to that, it would have reflected on all women. My whole experience was to show how to do it. If you work with passion and enjoy what you are pursuing, you will find a solution to life, ~ Naina Lal Kidwai, Head of HSBC, India and first woman vice president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

In a country, where the girl child is often unwanted, a nurse in a Government hospital inspires change when she adopts a 7-year old girl who was orphaned in a house collapse in Mumbai.

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The stories go on – and the best part is that each of us too can inspire change if we decide to do so!

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To paraphrase Gandhiji, let us ‘be the change we seek’.

I’m linking in to the Write Tribe Festival of Words today.
“I’m celebrating International Women’s Day by blogging for the #WomenInspire Campaign sponsored by USC’s masters degree in social work. Join the blog carnival to honor a woman who has inspired you!”

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USC’s Women Inspire Campaign