Women’s Month – August 2017

This article was posted on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

August is Women’s Month; a time to celebrate our progress and renew our awareness of the truth that we, by supporting and encouraging each other, can achieve whatever we strive for.

We asked the women of Power of 9 – Bernadette, Catherine, Chloe, Elena, Megan, Nanga and Thembisa – what Women’s Day means to them, how they support each other and what advice they would give to their younger selves.


See what they have to say:

What does Women’s Day mean to you?

Bernadette: It’s a reminder of the important role my female family members and friends play in my success and happiness, and how I need to try harder every day to be present if I want to leave a footprint in others’ lives.
Catherine: It’s both a celebration of the power within every woman, and a reminder to each of us to use it.
Chloe: A day we recognise and celebrate what it means to be a woman. Three words capture the essence of what it means to be a woman; strength, comradery and empowerment.
Elena: A celebration of women everywhere, to honour them.
Megan: It’s a day set aside, to stop and recognise how far we have come and how far we still need to go… as well as how blessed we are to be women, to be surrounded by great women and to raise women.
Nanga: A day of celebration of women in our country! We celebrate (as women) what we do in our jobs, in education, in our homes and communities! An inspiration we get from the women who bravely fought for our rights.
Thembisa: A day to remember how strong, important and special women are.

How do you support other women?

Bernadette: I try to always remind the women in my life to be kind to themselves, to be true to themselves and to play more (me included). I like to make them feel special when they need a pick me up by pampering them with a massage or other treats.
Catherine: Supporting women-owned businesses, promoting women’s talents and skills, and most importantly, teaching my daughter to be both brave and wise, and know that she is all she needs to be to achieve her dreams.
Chloe: By listening, motivating, and supporting their dreams, causes, and interests.
Elena: By being a great friend.
Megan: Listening and paying attention to things they do not say. Sometimes, a girl/woman needs another girl/woman to relate to.
Nanga: By encouraging, listening, mentoring and lending a helping hand to those in need.
Thembisa: Treat them with respect, go out together have fun just to remember how special we are and give each other advice where needed.

What would you say to your younger self?

Bernadette: Make time for more quality play time with my loved ones. Be gentle and kind. Work is a privilege, but family and friends are a blessing.
Catherine: Life is a sequence of choices, make each one with equal measure heart and head.
Chloe: Don’t be afraid to speak out…
Elena: Wear sunscreen.
Megan: There are people on this earth who won’t like you and that’s okay. It’s their loss not yours. Love yourself.
Nanga: Love. Live and forgive.
Thembisa: Life is tough out there, you need to be strong, educated, confident and ambitious.

Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo! (“You strike a woman, You strike a rock“)

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