women celebrating women's day in Cameroon

Women’s day Celebration – Be a good example.

The international women’s day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year. It is characterize by the wearing or purple ribbons by some Women. It is day during which women celebrate their achievements, evaluate their activities and set greater objectives toward the development of the world and the entire women community. Women have contributed a lot in the development of the society and even discoveries even though they hardly talk about them. For example the Japanese woman who discovered a simple method to produce stems cells last month. We know of women such as:
                       Contributions of some women to development.
1.       Marie Curie who was a great researcher in radioactivity
2.      Randi Altschul
Randice-Lisa Altschul invented the world's first disposable cell phone.
3.      Dr. Betsy Ancker-Johnson
Dr. Betsy Ancker-Johnson was the third woman inventor elected to the National Academy of engineering.
4.      Mary Anderson
Mary Anderson invented the windshield wiper. Anderson was issued a patent for the wipers in 1905.
5.      Virginia Apgar
Apgar invented a newborn scoring system or "Apgar Score" for assessing the health of newborn infants.
6.      Barbara Askins
Developed a totally new way of processing film.
7.      Patricia Bath
The first African American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical invention.
8.      Miriam E. Benjamin
Ms. Benjamin was the second black woman inventor to receive a patent. She received a patent for an invention she called a "Gong and Signal Chair for Hotels".
9.      Patricia Billings
Patricia Billings invented a indestructible and fireproof building material called Geobond.
10.  Katherine Blodgett
Invented the non-reflecting glass.
11.  Bessie Blount
Blount invented a device to help disabled people eat with less difficulty.
12.  Sarah Boone
An improvement to the ironing board was invented by African American Sarah Boone on April 26, 1892.
13.  Rachel Fuller Brown
Rachel Brown co-invented Nystatin, the world's first useful antifungal antibiotic.
14.  Josephine Garis Cochran
In 1886, Josephine Cochran invented the first practical dishwasher.
15.  Martha J. Coston
Martha Coston invented a pyrotechnic signaling system known as maritime signal flares.
16.  Dianne Croteau
Invented Actar 911, the CPR mannequin.
17.  Marie Curie
Marie Curie also known as Madame Curie discovered radium and furthered x-ray technology.
18.  Marion Donovan
The convenient disposable diaper was invented by New Yorker Marion Donovan in 1950.
19.  Gertrude Belle Elion
Elion invented the leukemia-fighting drug 6-mercaptopurine, drugs that facilitated kidney transplants and other drugs for the treatment of cancer and leukemia.
20.  Edith Flanigen
Flanigen was the inventor of a petroleum refining method and is considered one of the most inventive chemists of all time.
21.  Helen Free
Free was the inventor of the home diabetes test.
22.  Sally Fox
Sally Fox invented naturally-colored cotton.
23.  Frances Gabe
Gabe invented the "Self Cleaning House".
24.  Lillian Gilbreth
Lillian Moller Gilbreth was an inventor, author, industrial engineer, industrial psychologist, and mother of twelve children.
25.  Sarah E. Goode
Sarah Goode was the first African American women to receive a U.S. patent.
26.  Bette Nesmith Graham
Graham invented liquid paper, also known as White-Out™.
27.  Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin invented livestock-handling devices.
28.  KK Gregory
KK Gregory is the ten-year old inventor of Wristies®.
29.  Elizabeth Lee Hazen
Elizabeth Hazen co-invented Nystatin, the world's first useful antifungal antibiotic.
30.  Beulah Henry
All told, Henry made about 110 inventions and holds 49 patents.
31.  Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin
Hodgkin used x-rays to find the structural layouts of atoms and to discover the overall molecular shape of over 100 molecules including: penicillin, vitamin B-12, vitamin D and insulin.
32.  Krisztina Holly
Co-invented the telephony software called Visual Voice.
33.  Erna Schneider Hoover
Hoover invented the computerized telephone switching system.
34.  Grace Hopper
Grace Hopper was a computer inventor best known for the Mark computer series.
35.  Mary Phelps Jacob
Mary Phelps Jacob invented the bra.
36.  Amanda Theodosia Jones
Jones re-invented American food production by inventing vacuum packed canning.
37.  Marjorie Stewart Joyner
Joyner invented a permanent wave machine that would allow a hairdo to stay set for days.
38.  Anna Keichline
Architect, Anna Keichline created inventions for the home.
39.  Mary Kies: Patenting Pioneer
Kies was the first women to receive a U.S. patent on May 15, 1809.
40.  Gabriele Knecht
Patented the Forward Sleeve design for creating clothing.
41.  Margaret Knight
Margaret Knight was an employee in a paper bag factory when she invented a new machine part to make square bottoms for paper bags. Knight can be considered the mother of the grocery bag, she founded the Eastern Paper Bag Company in 1870.
42.  Stephanie Louise Kwolek
Kwolek invented a material five times stronger than steel called Kevlar.
43.  Hedy Lamarr
Lamarr was a movie star and inventor.
44.  Ada Lovelace
Wrote a scientific paper in 1843 that anticipated the development of computer software artificial intelligence and computer music.
45.  Sybilla Masters - First American Woman Inventor
Masters was the first American female inventor in recorded history, but no doubt women have been inventing since the dawn of time without the deserved recognition.
46.  Ann Moore
Invented the Snugli baby carrier.
47.  Krysta Morlan
Krysta Morlan invented a device that relieves the irritation caused by wearing a cast - the cast cooler.
48.  Ellen Ochoa
Ochoa invented optical analysis systems and was the world's first Hispanic female astronaut.
49.  Alice Parker
Alice Parker invented a new and improved gas heating furnace.
50.  Betty Rozier and Lisa Vallino
Rozier and Vallino, a mother and daughter invention team, invented the intravenous catheter shield.
51.  Patsy Sherman
Patsy Sherman invented Scotchgard™.
52.  Valerie Thomas
Received a patent in 1980 for inventing an illusion transmitter.
53.  Ann Tsukamoto
The co-patenter of a process to isolate the human stem cell.
54.  Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman was considered the "Moses of the Civil War" for her work on the underground railroads.
55.  Madame Walker
Madame Walker was a St. Louis washerwoman-turned-entrepreneur, who in 1905 invented a method to soften and smooth African American hair.
56.  Mary Walton
Walton invented several anti-pollution devices during the Industrial Revolution.
57.  Carol Wior
Invented the Swimsuit, a slimming swimsuit.

These are good examples to follow. Celebration of this day ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love toward women to a celebration of women’s economic, political and social achievement.

Rural women contributing to development

    While other women celebrate this day with joy putting on their attractive dresses such as the ‘’ Kaba’’ in Cameroon, other abuse it y getting drunk, fornicating, breaking up with their husband etc.

 I just want other women who have a misunderstanding of this day to understand its significance. It is a day to celebrate you achievement as a woman. You have to be a good example so that your name should be listed somewhere someday as the list above. It is not a day:
1.       To break up with your husband as is commonly happens in our communities.
2.       To abandon your children without food to go for feasting.
3.        For your husband to take over your role.
4.       To sleep around with men for the sake of celebrating
5.       To get drunk and sleep in gutters
6.       To strip yourself naked for the sake of celebration.
7.       To violate any of the fundamental rights.

Happy women’s day to all the women particularly the ‘’buyam sellams’’  in Africa.
Happy women’s day to all the women.

List of women: source. www.about.com

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