I love how in South Africa we have a month dedicated to celebrating women.
I mean, why shouldn’t women be celebrated? They are the cornerstone of our civilisation. The primary caregivers of our societies. Their courage, love, compassion and sacrifice help make them fantastic leaders of not just their family unit but much more.
Take the amazing 20,000 women that marched to bring about change back in 1956 – each and everyone a role model to the girls around them.
Research shows that positive and realistic female role models help to inspire girls and women to be more ambitious and aim higher, showing that not only is anything possible with hard work, but dreams really do come true. And that breeds confidence and self-worth, making us women even stronger.
"...a role model in the flesh provides more than inspiration; (their) very existence is confirmation of possibilities one may have every reason to doubt, saying, 'Yes, someone like me can do this.'" - Sonia Sotomayer
There are no better examples of this than SA’s very own Banyana Banyana and my homegrown Lionesses. Both teams achieved what their male counterparts couldn’t. They showed strength, resilience and dedication. They believed they could, and they did. And I, for one, am hugely proud of their achievements and all they stand for. What a privilege it is to be the same gender as them.
So to all you beautiful women out there, we celebrate you! Thank you for inspiring, loving and leading us. Keep being you. 💜