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Top Women’s Empowerment Related Quotes, Stories, and Lines (QSL) from My Favorite Blogs, Journals & Books:

“You don’t possess the same rights as men; you are disadvantaged in the most important aspects of livelihood; your religion is at warfare with you; you don’t have access to equal education or land ownership as men; the medical system is not tailored to your female anatomy, in fact it is often spun against it; walking down the streets isn’t safe as you are at risk of being violently abused simply because of your gender; your history is unwritten and thwarted. I could go on. We live in a kind of gender-apartheid.”  Salami MinnaMSAFROPOLITAN 

“We just have to be brave enough to reckon with our deepest emotions.” Brene Brown, The Unreliable Narrator

As audiences gather around storytellers, narrative becomes a significant site of communication and study. Embedded in the daily lives of ordinary & extraordinary people, storytelling flourishes. People make sense of their experiences, claim identities, interact with each other,and participate in cultural conversations through storytelling. Narrative is performed everywhere.”  Kristin Langellier and Eric E. PetersonStorytelling in Daily Life: Performing Narrative

“A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes,” Sheryl Sandberg, chief operation officer of Facebook declares in her book Lean In where she digs deeper into issues and attempts to explain how it is that despite all the progress women have made, “the blunt truth is that men still run the world.”  Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In 

“Sharing our sories reminds us what we believe, and helps us make sense of a fickle world. They are common, yet we tell them because our experiences are so uncommon. No two stories are ever the same, even when told by the same person using the same words. They are our fingerprints.” COLUM McCANN, Step into My Shoes, and I’ll Step into Yours

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no [woman] could have dreamed would have come [her] way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”  W. H. MURRAY

“One of the important contributions of women’s movements worldwide has been the sharing of personal narratives that help “name” issues that have previously gone unmentioned. For example, violence against women has always existed, but when victims share their painful stories, the phenomenon can no longer be ignored or compartmentalized. The telling impacts both the speakers and the listeners: battered women recognize that they are not alone, and those who hear their stories, including the other battered women themselves, begin noticing commonalities and accepted norms and demanding change. This is not to say that domestic violence has disappeared. Far from it. But it is now recognized for the global problem that it is. This consciousness raising is only possible when women share their stories. Once the conversation is started and the problem named, the possibilities for social change can emerge.”  Dr. Rebecca Reviere (Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Howard University)  Critical Half (Bi-Annual Journal of Women for Women International. 

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