A woman comes into this world as daughter, sister and grand-daughter. Over the years, she dons the roles of wife, mother, teacher, grandmother and everything in between. A world without women is unimaginable. Her tender touch, sweet voice, and compassionate love make our life a pleasant experience.

But her journey through history has not been pleasant. Labelled “weaker sex”, by the patriarchal society, she had to fight for centuries to get her fair share in the society.

Her relentless struggle and consistent efforts have finally paid off. Today she not only stands shoulder-to-shoulder with men in the welfare of her family, but also the society. From the tiny kitchen of her home to the vast outer space with its heavenly bodies she has made her mark in every sphere.

We get goose bumps when we think of Savithribai Phule, Rani Abbakka, Chennamma of Kitturu, Laxmibai of Jhansi, Sarojini Naidu, Madam Bikaiji Kama, Annie Besant, Begum Hazrath Mahal, Bachendri Pal, Sudha Murthy, Kalpana Chawla and Sunitha Williams, to name a few. Today we have the examples of female scientists at ISRO who were instrumental in Chandrayan and Mangalyan.

Today, if Mangalore shines on the world map, it is not just because of the excellent educational institutions of the city, but also due to the teachers of those institutions that shaped our future.

Angelore has an abundance of women that have – apart from being housewives – contributed to the welfare of the parish and the society in general. Teachers, doctors, nurses, entrepreneurs, philanthropists…the list is exhaustive, but the list of ladies who fit into each slot is equally exhaustive.

The world finally woke up to the reality that it is but natural to recognise the unsung heroes who have contributed on par with men to the welfare of the world at large.

During the transition period of the nineteenth and twentieth century, there had been several women’s movements around the world, notably the Russian Revolution that started in 1917. However, at the end of the first decade of the 20th century, Women’s Day was being celebrated in several parts of the world. Finally, in 1975, the UN designated March 8 as International Women’s Day.

Women’s Day was celebrated in several parishes of the Diocese on 3rd March 2024. The “Stree Sanghatan” of Angelore commemorated the day on the same day. The liturgy of the 7.30 a.m. mass was led by Stree Sanghatan. Rev. Fr William Menezes, celebrated the Holy Eucharist. After the Holy Eucharist, the members attended the Women’s Day celebration organised by the Catholic Sabha Mangalore Pradesh ® at Loyola Hall, St. Aloysius College.

Angelore Parish salutes the women of the parish for their immense contribution to the welfare of the parish and society.