Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge #14: Citizenship – 5 Women that influenced my life

March is Women’s history month.



Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge #14: Citizenship

In this month I plan to write at least one post per week, honoring women.

This week, I want to honor 5 women who positively influenced my life.

My paternal grandmother;

When my mom passed away, my paternal grandparents moved in with us. My grandmother took care of us, three siblings. She was old and thought herself even older than she was. But she embraced her role and took on the mantle of a surrogate mother for us. We ranged in ages, 4 – 8 and I can imagine how hard it must have been for her.

I really admire the fact that she put her own life on hold and took care of us.

My grade 8 class teacher;

She was the second inspirational woman in my young life. She was a very smart, well-articulated woman. She inspired us all to be well-read and well-spoken. We all, ( it was an all-girls school) idolized her and she never showed us any weakness. I met her again later in life when my daughter went to the same school and she was the principal there.

My anatomy professor;

She was a dragon lady. A fierce woman, closer to my grandmother’s age, she was famous for her knowledge of anatomy and her very strict discipline. We were fascinated by her and afraid of her in equal measures. She passed away a few years ago and the medical community lost a great champion.

My mother in law;

She was such a wonderful person. A doctor by profession, she was an extremely kind and loving person. She became the mother for me that I had missed growing up. She was witty and cheerful. She was my role model when I became a mother-in-law to my son’s wife. I adopted her way of interacting with my daughter in law and the result is that I’m good friends with her.

My elder daughter;

I have learned a lot from my elder daughter. She has faced many hard times in her young life but her courage and determination are phenomenal. I’ve learned to be fair and compassionate from her. I have seen how wonderful she is as a mother and have tried to follow her example.

Many people, men, and women have influenced me, but these five women stand out.

If you like, you too can share who, men or women have had a great influence on your lives.





39 thoughts on “Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge #14: Citizenship – 5 Women that influenced my life

  1. I want to ask a question to learn something about Pakistan. I know a little but wonder about education for women. You have very well educated women in your family. Did they study at home or off shore?

    They all sound like great ladies. You are very fortunate to have them

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    1. In the past, women’s education wasn’t given a priority but my generation and those after me are doing very well. They are achieving better grades and scoring top positions in academia. My daughter got her PhD from America but most others have been educated in Pakistan.
      Thanks Larry, I real am fortunate.


  2. Five women that are important in my life:

    1. My mother- This woman has been there for everything. She has such a loving and caring nature about her that I wanted to pass on to my daughter. She is my best friend.

    2; My Stepmother. I am the youngest of 4 kids so my stepmother was there for my teenage years. She played a role in me learning what a special spirit I was. I have suffered since I was young with mental health. She has been there to help me learn how to live with this. Since my dad’s passing, we have stayed in touch over social media.
    3. My Daughter- She has such strength and beauty and is a fantastic mother.
    4. My sponsor from NA: When I meet her I was attracted to her because of her strength and independence. She has taught me how to be strong and independent.
    5. my girlfriend from NA. They have taught me to rise up no matter the struggle.She has also taught me that I am worth fighting for.

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  3. You’re very lucky to have had such fantastic women in your life.
    I didn’t have great role models, unless used as how NOT to be. I’ve had to learn a lot on my own, and I honestly have trouble thinking of anyone who had a big, positive effect on my life.🤷🏼‍♀️

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  4. A lovely post, Sadje. There are so many women, past and present, that have positively impacted my life and the man I am today. To start, mother, grandmother, wife, sisters. Thanks for sharing, Sadje.

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  5. What a wonderful tribute to these women in your life. I’m so sorry that your mom passed away. You adopted some amazing women to help fill the gap in your life. I think you did well. Thanks for linking.

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  6. I’m glad you created this list of women and shared how they have influenced you for the good. You’re right, women need to encourage each other not compete with each other. It matters so much.

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  7. A beautiful post Sadje… I loved reading through … it was nice to know tit bits of your life, but I really appreciate you mentioning your daughter in this list .. I have seen so many mention many other women but not the ones they gave birth to and nurtured!! It’s really important to learn from people who are immediate family, no matter if it’s the one that grew in your lap. ❤️that’s my takeaway …

    My mother had quite an influence in my life .. I wrote my second post in my blog on her.. it’s a long read.. and very haphazard writing 😬
    just felt sharing for reading at your leisure https://ruhappysoul.wordpress.com/2020/05/28/god-couldnt-be-everywhere-so-he-created/


    1. Thanks a lot Happy. You’re right people often seem hesitant to admit learn from their kids. I’m proud to do so.
      I will definitely check out this post. Thanks for sharing

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  8. a truly inspiring post … often those closest make the biggest impact!

    I’ve also been posting about strong women this month, we need to celebrate and support each other 🙂 Thanks for adding this link Sadje

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  9. What an inspiration to have wonderful women in your life that have made you the person you have become. You are very lucky to have had that in your life. My maternal grandmother was the light of my young childhood. She was older than a grandmother should be as there was 20 years between my oldest aunt and my mom who was the youngest of 5 children. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

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