March is Women’s History Month – a time to celebrate the important women in our history and the pioneers that paved the way for women today. There have been plenty of women who have helped to shape the future for women.
On the 8th of March we celebrate International Women’s Day – a global day which has been occurring for well over a century – celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It is a day where we should be extremely proud of the courageous women we’re surrounded by. But this day is also here to remind us that we should be proud of these women every single day and embrace them even more than we already do.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says worldrenowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength. It is not about shutting off one side of the two parties. It’s incorporating both. We need equal rights and respect on both sides.
What better way to commemorate the 108-year-old tradition than by hearing from some of Malta’s most motivated and successful women? Women that didn’t let anything get in the way of achieving their goals and dreams. We got in touch. Here are some inspiring quotes to read, love and get inspired by.
NAME: ALBA CAUCHI
She is the Head of Mission at INTERSOS Greece
“ Discover what you like, start to learn what you’re good at and what makes you excited, passionate, and adrenalinic, then go for it, pursue it. Gender should not dictate who you want to be and what you want to achieve. Don’t let anybody put that doubt in your mind. And while we have a long way to go to achieving global equity and equality, the first step is to affirm within you that while we are all different, whether by gender, status, race, sexuality, or more, none of these factors change the fact that the goals on your horizon are to be fought for. Conceive it, believe it and you can achieve great things, even when and where you least expect them.”
NAME: JEANETTE CIANTAR
She is a Legal Attaché, Brexit Delegate at the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU, Brussels.
“Do not follow where the path may lead. go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
NAME: RACHEL CACHIA
She is the Creative Director and Co-Founder of V Squared Media, as well as a TV host of the awardwinning tech programme Gadgets.
“I look forward to the day I walk into a boardroom and see more than one woman sitting at the table of high-ranking executives. From the second we’re born, we’re brought up to see women as nurturing and emotional, but the same could be said about men. Women are confident and strong decision makers not because we are women but because, like men, we are great at what we do.”
NAME: NICOLE FARRUGIA
She is currently living in London specialising in product marketing and digital project. She has worked at Google and IKEA.
“It’s never too late to make a big change in your life or pursue you dreams. Never use time as an excuse to delay your goals.”
NAME: YAZ ZAMMIT STEVENS
She is a professional athlete and the first Maltese weightlifter in history to win the Malta Sportswoman award of the year.
“There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise”
NAME: TARYN MAMO CEFAI
She has become a local personality through her roles both on screen and on stage. Popularly known as the leading lady in the Maltese hit series Strada Stretta, she’s recently ventured into photo-blogging about fashion, beauty and her love for travel.
“I have always an eager beaver. As a little girl I questioned the things I didn’t understand and spoke my mind no matter what others thought. I was called bossy. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate, engaged, ambitious and doesn’t mind leading. Never apologise for being you.”
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