Letter from the Editor – Vol07

    “I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century & dared to be herself” Shirley Chisholm

    Reading this powerful quote made me think. Women should be celebrated daily for their contribution at home, in the society and the world at large. Indeed women are like “door hinges on which big doors swing on”. They have the power to handle and hold together the toughest situations. Sometimes at the expense of their beliefs and feelings.

    Many great men and women have become names to reckon with because of the input and resilience of a woman. Talk about the likes of Angelina Jolie, Barack Obama, Denzel Washington. They were all raised and influenced by their mothers. How about Oprah Winfrey? She was brought up by her grandmother. She did not allow her difficult childhood dull her shine. Today she is the most watched television show. I can name many more but this is intended purpose for the note.

    Remembered for the wrong reasons.

    The UK weather known as the Beast from the East has brought everything to a standstill. Not to be outdone “Storm Emma” shows up to ice the already destructive situation. With that in mind my question is “historically storms have been named after women. Could it be a recognition of how dangerous women can be?

    If the answer is yes, then l choose to focus on…Women must be remembered for the right reasons. They are go-getters and hard-working. They are the backbone of successful communities and the world at large. Almost always they are daring and will rise against all odds in pursuit of their destiny and God given gifts. They should be celebrated for wearing many hats and moreso as mothers.

    Mothers we celebrate you not only in March or June but everyday.

    Mothers you are the glue that holds the family together. You work tirelessly and wholeheartedly for the ones you love. The sacrifices you make can not be quantified or repaid. Your children call you mother because you have a nurturing and caring reserve.

    Mothers you are a hospital whose emergency unit is never busy to attend to physically or emotionally ailments. There has never been queues or waiting hours were children are concerned. You offer a five star hospitality.

    As we celebrate you we remember that “the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world”.

    Our celebration is also extended to different women and authors in MoniqueToday. Your hard-work, creativity and selflessness can not go unrecognised.

    Whoop, whoop we celebrate and honour you.


    Monica Manatse


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