“I think all women are strong”

It was a comment made by British actress Maxine Peake in an interview with Psychologies magazine earlier this year. She also said “Being quiet never got me anywhere”, but that’s another comment for another blog.

That “all women are strong” got me thinking about the women of Africa and their incredible strength. Women like the late Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. Wangari started out by planting trees, which transformed into planting ideas that helped educate women and their families.

Women like Faith Wambua-Luedeling who kept her nine-year-old daughter and 21-month-old son quiet and still for hours during the Westgate mall nightmare in Nairobi.

Women like Mamphela Ramphele who is taking on Jacob Zuma with her new political party.

And women like Joan Coetzee. My incredible friend for nearly 40 years, Joan is headmistress at Pecanwood Pre-Primary, where she is teaching little children about the importance of standing up for a cause in their fight against rhino poaching.

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There’s nothing quite as strong as African women, except African women with a cause.

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