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You strike a woman, you strike a rock!
South Africa’s National Women’s Day 9th August.
This coming weekend as South Africans across the country prepare to celebrate our national Women’s Day, we at AnsaCall™ would like to shed a little light on the popular holiday.
The world has come a long way in the past 50 years or so in acknowledging and appreciating women both as the traditional homemakers, and now more than ever the business leaders and role models in society. In South Africa specifically, women did not enjoy the same rights as men and were seen as the weaker sex for generations. Although we celebrate Women’s Day today as a general day of appreciation for all women, it is important to acknowledge the work and the important actions of the women who made this day a reality, and a much deserved public holiday, back in 1956. On the 9th August in 1956, over 20,000 women from all races and backgrounds staged a march on The Union Buildings in Pretoria in protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act. The Act’s purpose was to divide and segregate the races by insisting that all South Africans defined as “black” carry an internal passport known as a “pass”. Among those women that led the march were Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Lillian Ngoyi and Sophie Williams, all well-known and highly admired anti-apartheid activists, (pictured).
We owe a great debt of gratitude to these women and women like these across the world, ones that were not afraid to take a stand for change, equality and freedom.
As we continue to celebrate this weekend we can take inspiration from the past and carry it on to our everyday lives. All women are fighters, whether they are fighting for recognition in their careers, fighting to keep a happy home and maintain a job, fighting for their children, women are stronger than they seem.
After generations of being the subordinate sex, women are coming out on top more often and are able to multitask and maintain a balance where men struggle. It is the woman that most often organises the finances, the home, groceries and supplies and it is she that can do all that and look after the children while still studying and maintaining a career. It is remarkable at how quickly women have taken to working and not only at junior and mid-level positions but as the top ranking CEO’s and leaders in industry, all that in the past 50 years, coming from the traditional and most-often only role available to women in those days of being a homemaker.
At AnsaCall™ we find that corporates look for female voice talent over men, and we are proud to say that most of the message-on-hold recordings we provide for our clients are sourced from women voice artists.
With the history behind us and the future bright with possibilities, we can truly affirm the 1956, “you strike a woman, you strike a rock!”