Today is International Women’s Day and Klas Squared is choosing to challenge.
We believe in gender equality. We believe women belong in the workplace. We believe all women deserve the right to an education. We believe women have the right to be in political offices. We believe women are a powerful force to be reckoned with. We believe women can make a difference. We believe when women stand together for the common good, the world can’t help but stop to notice.
Today we celebrate and reflect on the women who have helped paved the way for us thus far as we continue to #choosetochallenge for the future of the upcoming generation of young women.
Today we also celebrate you. Yes, YOU. Wherever you are right now reading this… Know you are fierce. You are strong. You are worthy. You are capable. You are making a difference.
As Anisha Nandaula speaks in her Choose to Challenge poem…
“I believe you are so much greater, stronger, kinder. Choose to create history not to be created by it. Choose to challenge.”
Recognizing Dr. Tererai Trent
Born in Zimbabwe where education for women was difficult to attain, Dr. Trent would learn from her brother’s schoolbooks. With self-determination she taught herself how to read and write.
At just 12-years-old her father sold her to a man to be married. This man would beat her and by the time she was eighteen, she was a mother of three children of her own. Yet, she still yearned for more education and something much greater for her live and the lives of her children.
Fast forward to 2021. She is now one of the most internationally recognized women for creating awareness around women’s education and women’s empowerment. Working closely with Oprah and Save the Children Foundation, she has opened over 11 schools in Zimbabwe.
She, of course, has left her first husband and since married a plant pathologist, Mark Trent.
She is the founder of Tererai Trent International, an author, an educator, a mother, and so much more.
She broke social norms. She persevered. She didn’t let history create her. She created history.