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5 Life Lessons From Women in History

5 Life Lessons From Women in History

There are many things that our female ancestors had to endure that we take for granted now: the inability to vote or to hold public office, to own property, to get a formal education, to work, choose their profession or to control their own earnings, and even the right to choose whom to marry or whether to even marry at all.

As I have written here before, March is Womenís History Month, and March 8 is International Womenís Day. Instead of writing about some of these inspirational women or giving a history lesson, I thought Iíd share some of the life lessons these great women have, and continue to, teach me.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ó Eleanor Roosevelt. Donít let other peopleís negative labels or inaccurate view of you change how you view yourself. No matter how many people think you are inferior, or less than, you donít have to believe that.

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” ó Janis Joplin. Do not settle for less than, second best, or leftovers. Or more simply put, just do not settle. Instead of just telling yourself it is good enough, tell yourself that you deserve better, or deserve to have what you really want.

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” ó Harriet Beecher Stowe, author. Most famous women all have something to say about this one and encourage other women to never give up, no matter how hard the road seems. This for me has been one of the hardest lessons to learn, that if I am committed to something, to see it through. Itís easy to get discouraged, to see things as impossible, or at the very least, improbable, when setbacks and disappointments happen.

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ó Anais Nin, author. Donít let fear stop you from doing anything. As this quote illustrates, fear doesnít really keep you safe, it keeps you from really living. Even though most people will never admit it, nor will they talk about it, we all feel afraid at times. If we give in to the fear, eventually we will stop doing anything.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,†but by the†moments that take our breath away.” ó Maya Angelou. I have always loved this quote because it reminds me to keep myself open and in search of those moments. It doesnít always have to be a big thing that takes our breath away, sometimes the simplest things, like a sunset, can leave us breathless and become large to us.

Do you have favorite quotes that help you through hard times? Celebrate good times? Or that you just like? Share them in the comments section.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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1:22AM PDT on Mar 26, 2014


11:01PM PDT on Mar 22, 2014

Thanks so much. I will be copying these for when I am in need of some inspiration.

10:11PM PDT on Mar 22, 2014

Just looking at "Rosie the Riveter" gives us courage!!
The Women of Texas should carry her picture!!!
I carried it every day!
Thank you

4:28PM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

Thank you for sharing!!

4:28PM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

Thank you for sharing!!

1:34AM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

Voted: 'yes!'

4:48PM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

Thanks for the very interesting quotes.

12:55PM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

Lovely quotes! Thanks :-)

12:32PM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

thanks for sharing.

7:43AM PDT on Mar 18, 2014


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