At first, I thought I didn’t matter at all, and I want to say that if you too ever feel that way, it is alright. During my early days as a teenager, my voice was too trivial to be heard. I didn’t find meaning to the words of inspiration I accord to myself. So then, I kept searching for robust and more relevant voices that will speak and assure me that my voice actually matters after all. However, I don’t blame myself too much because growing up as a rural girl, I wasn’t fortunate enough to find a role model in my neighborhood.
I realized that it was because of where I grew up, a society with peculiar perceptions, girls’ perspectives, and where they belong. These influenced the way I felt about myself. I have heard people tell me, “you are just a girl, so stop chasing after certificates”. Back then, someone came up to my mum and asked why she did allow me to go to University. “Don’t you know she won’t think about getting married after her degree”? I still remember how sad and worried my mum looked after returning home that day from the farm. She had met this lovely, educated person who asked her such a question.
My mum thought it was so wrong to have supported me in school as a young girl. Since she didn’t get that opportunity to go to school, she vowed to work hard to get us formal education and personal development.
In as much as people in my neighborhood believe and support girl child education, some believed as at then and still think it has a limit. I didn’t understand why it should be a worry to them seeing an ambitious young woman aspiring for excellence and making an impact in the bigger society.
As small as I was, I didn’t understand most of society’s things concerning girls. But quite recently, I have come to appreciate that it is a global issue with millions of women and young girls trying to find a space and fit into the broader society. The example given above is just one of the many struggles girls are going through.
Since then, I only looked forward to that day when I would find myself and get encouraged by my own beliefs and things I feel I can do. I kept searching for that promising girl who will stand up for herself and be confident enough to listen to her voice and convictions. Now I think I am that girl. I feel limitless, and I continue to dream for greater heights any day anywhere as long as we have the Grace from God. My approach to things right now might not look attractive to the same people who felt getting a degree wasn’t for girls. I think it is just all right that way. I have become fearless, courageous, and have identified my sense of purpose. I feel purposeful now, and I stand for the things I strongly believe in.
I have come to have a stand in society, a stand to advocate, serve and raise my voice for those who do not find the courage to speak up. I have seen and heard about so many injustices done to women, young girls, and men too. I share my opinion and encourage you to speak positivity and inspiration to others regardless of where you are. We shouldn’t place limitations on people with our words because these can kill their dreams and aspirations. In this article, I resonate with my voice as a young rural woman with the voices of other amazing women across the global world who stood for the right course. Any time I read their words, I see them speak directly to me. I might not get the outmost opportunity to meet any of them someday. However, I feel so connected to their words.
Among the six three quotes I have read so far from different women leaders; I share these inspiring quotes from seven amazing women. Do read, get inspired, and don’t forget to share with a friend.
- “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent” by:
2. “I raise up my voice not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back” by:
3. “To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams” by:
4. “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass” by:
5.”There is no limit to what we, as women can accomplish” by:
6. “Of course, I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in” by:
7. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman” by:
I end this piece by saying that we only need to recognize and appreciate the contribution and impact everyone in our communities can make. We need to allow them the opportunity to become whom they want regardless of gender, location, or status.