Mother Teresa’s compassion for ending hunger and nursing the sick was beyond measure. Susan B. Anthony’s women’s suffrage efforts gave women a voice in politics. Malala Yousafzai survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban because she dared to promote education for women.

First, let me say that I am not trying to categorize myself in the same sentence or paragraph with these women. If I had the opportunity to influence people as they have, what message would I share? I will normally discuss child safety tips and keeping the water clean for future generations in my posts. However, today for the kick-off of this website, I’m choosing to discuss education and compassion, for those lead to a safer society. 
I learned at an early age, that education holds  the key for independence.  I could not agree more with Susan B. Anthony’s statement, “Woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.”  When an educated woman is part of a relationship that is not working, she will be less likely to be forced to stay for financial reasons. Subsequent blog posts or Q&A sessions will address other factors holding her in the relationship.

The benefits of education for women are immense. The children of an educated woman will likely be educated. Generally, she will have fewer children, and the family will be healthier. Countries that change from educating only the males to educating both men and women benefit from a more diverse thought process. Women view issues differently than men, and will bring different solutions than men. The Taliban’s attempted assassination of Malala Yousafzai’s is proof that, even though they do not value women, they fear
educated women’s solutions.  

In addition to education, compassion and respect for others must be taught. Compassionate people think before they hurt others. What happened to teaching the Golden Rule? “Treat others as though you would want to be treated?” The majority of violence in today’s society could be ended if children were
taught compassion. As a child, my older brother and I fought with each other. I remember my mom admonishing my brother and me, “Don’t hit your sister. Don’t hit your brother. One of you may get hurt.” Children taught to respect others, will grow into adults who respect others. It will take years, but in this way, much of the violence existing in the nation can be alleviated.  

Many of you may think this proposition is simplistic. You are right. There are other issues that must be addressed, as well. Hungry people may commit crimes to get money for food. Mentally ill people may have access to weapons, and choose to use them. However, if the majority of the population is educated,
compassionate and respectful, then the acts of violence that can be controlled will decrease.

Mother Teresa’s love, compassion and kindness led to her having one of the most recognized faces in the world. She did not ask for the fame resulting from her actions. She asked that we value life and live it to the
fullest.  And, her actions asked while we live life to the fullest that we help others to live their lives to the
fullest, as well.

To finish, I'll invite you over to my page on the website. There, you will see pictures of the three women I've discussed today, as well as, their comments central to the development of this post.


03/23/2013 11:33am

I agree that we need education, respect and compassion. The last two are more difficult to attain, Today many more women are educated, but respect and compassion are sorely lacking in both men and women, We tend to be self-centered, but as technology and global connectivity increases, I think that will change. It is interesting that you chose to talk about Mother Teresa, I just wrote an article about her yesterday for my local news magazine. She is a wonderful example for the 21st century.

03/23/2013 7:33pm

Hi Barbara,
Thank you for visiting Words With Women. You are right that respect and compassion are lacking. I hope that the result of becoming a more global community will be that we become more compassionate.

03/25/2013 9:15am

Very interesting post. We believe we have a similar message at Leadership Voices and think you may be interested in our recent post on Gen X Mother Leaders and the Glass Cage

03/26/2013 6:29am

Hi Gayla,
Thank you for visiting our page. I have followed Leadership Voices on twitter and subscribed to your blog. It sounds like we have similar vision and I look forward to receiving your posts.


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