“She does not show herself, and therefore is apparent. She does not affirm herself, and therefore is acknowledged. She does not boast and therefore has merit. She does not strive and therefore is successful. It is exactly because she does not contend, that nobody can contend with her.”
― Lao Tzu
I came across this quote some months back and have since been pondering its meaning. On International Women’s Day (March 8), it all made sense. I think it really captures the ‘every day’ woman pretty well. The ones who don’t make the headlines. The ones who struggle to feed their families and take pride in being able to do just that. The ones who go hungry so others can have their fill. Those who juggle multiple roles, yet never seem to tire. The mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties, grandmothers, wives, girlfriends, friends – those who have no ‘grand’ titles, but who have great influence in the lives of those around them. Those who nurture creativity, inspiration, and birth changemakers of all kinds. The unseen; yet their works are all around. They hold our cosmos in place; they make the world go round. Dear woman, dear girl, know this: whoever you are, whatever you do, it matters.
Jemila Abdulai is the creative director, editor and founder of the award-winning website Circumspecte.com. A media and international development professional and economist by training, she combines her business, communications and project management expertise with her strong passion for Africa. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys travel, global cuisine, movies, and good design.