By: Veronica Leighton
As I’ve written in the Publisher’s Note (page 4), we will continue to pursue further the topic of International Women’s Day that is celebrated every 8th of March around the globe. All around the world, women of all cultural, religious, political, economic and social backgrounds highlight their major concerns regarding their rights as WOMEN. It also emphasizes their various achievements and their calls for action for gender parity.
According to the Wikipedia, International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first March 8 IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this, the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. It is not a country, group or organization specifically. It is a collective efforts by all women. Through the years, the group is getting recognition and filling a place in the sun. These days, we hear so much of women influencers globally, and we are happy to hear that.
Untold stories before that are now unfolding before our eyes (thanks to the world of the Internet) about the amazing network of high-achieving women from the world’s largest companies, innovative startups, philanthropic organizations, government, and the arts combined forces to change the lives of girls and women everywhere. There are now hundreds of them and they are multiplying everyday, believe it or not.
Here are some legendary women that inspired the world whose stories regale not only women, but also men, (with their famous quotes): Anne Frank (“Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” – Anne Frank (1929-1945)), Mother Teresa (“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa (1910-1997), Aung Sang Suu Kyi (1945) “In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued.” , Billie Jean King (1943), “I thought it would set us back 50 years if I didn’t win that match. It would ruin the women’s tour and affect all women’s self esteem.” , Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1967), “Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.” , Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007) “Democracy is the best revenge.”, Michelle Obama (1964) “There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.”, Oprah Winfrey (1954) “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” , Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), “I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.” , Madonna (1958) “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” , Marie Stopes (1880-1958) “Each coming together of man and wife, even if they have been mated for many years, should be a fresh adventure; each winning should necessitate a fresh wooing.”, Mary Quant (1934) “Fashion is not frivolous. It is a part of being alive today.”, Kathryn Bigelow (1951) “If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.”, Amelia Earhart (1897- 1937) “Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.” , Coco Chanel (1883-1971) “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” Angela Merkel (1953) “Nobody in Europe will be abandoned. Nobody in Europe will be excluded. Europe only succeeds if we work together.” , Diana Vreeland (1902-1989) “You gotta have style. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it you’re nobody. And I’m not talking about a lot of clothes.” , Helena Rubinstein (1870-1965) “Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.” , Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013), “If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.” , Emmeline Pankhurst (1858- 1928) “We are here not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.”
VT/CPRTV Women Making a Difference in the Filipino American Community of Chicago
Veronica’s interview with Gerry Rebello (line producer of Sarah Geronimo concert) and Vic Perez (marketing consultant of International Concert Management).
Left to right: Inside the CPRTV studio, left to right: Direk Gerry Rebello, show promoter, Nica Mendoza, Veronica Leighton, CPRTV guest Eric Magundayao (as interviewed by Veronica), and Tom Padua, show promoter.
The youngest, very pretty Veronica (Nica) Mendoza, the new baby of CPRTV.
Jovie Calma, current CPRTV sub-anchor, interview host, and VT columnist
Maria Girlie Pascual (VT Columnist & CPRTV Anchorperson) and Melody Dizon (VT Health Columnist and CPRTV Health Matters Host.
Lou Cabalona, VT Columnist & CPRTV News Anchor