“It's the fire in my eyes, and the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist, and the joy in my feet;
I'm a woman. Phenomenally”. – Maya Angelou
Maykaa is delighted to have Ms Shreya Kothari, Founder- Moonlight Foundation as a part of our effort towards celebrating womanhood. We talked about her philosophies regarding women empowerment, feminism and the way of life in par with her ideologies.
"We rise by lifting others"
Shreya looks up to Anoushka Shankar as her role model. The sitar player spreads awareness
about real issues through her art. As for Shreya, the most important part of the day is about
helping people. It is the one aspect apart from work that makes her day meaningful. Shreya
likes to spend quality time with friends, talking with them for hours, going for photo-walks
and baking together.
“Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what has never existed
before.” – Gloria Steinem
Regarding Feminism, the highly prevalent topic these days, Shreya believes that feminism is
all about bringing women up to the same level as men. She believes that the whole point of
feminism is to empower women to be what they want to be, and the notion that feminism
makes women superior to men is wrong. It means freedom of choice. Feminism enables
women to take up decisions and actions freely. The opportunities remain equal for all people, and there is no gender biases. Shreya claims that women empowerment is all about empowering women to be whatever they want. A woman's strength should not be in her role, whatever she chooses it to be, but in the power to choose that role. They must be open to opportunities, and be encouraged and not scrutinised for the decisions she makes. She also believes that feminism frees men from the shackles of patriarchy. For example, if a man wants to be a stay-at-home-dad, he must be supported and not humiliated.
"A woman uses her lips for truth, Her voice for kindness,
Her ears for compassion, Her hands for charity,
and her heart for love.
For those who hurt her, she uses prayer"
When asked about the one-word that defines a woman, Shreya claimed there is no one-word
definition for a woman. "She can be whatever, whoever, and however she wants to be"
Shreya mentions about the level of empathy a woman carries. Empathy is learning to stand in somebody else's shoes and to see through their eyes. It is a quality that can change the world. She is proud of the level of empathy a woman is bestowed with. She believes that empathy is a woman's natural blessing to hold the world with love and harmony.
Shreya wishes to share the words of wisdom given by her maternal grandmother to the world- "No matter who it is, family, friends, strangers, it doesn't matter, do not tolerate bad
behaviour from anyone."
Maykaa celebrates womanhood wholeheartedly and thanks Ms Shreya for sharing her
journey and insights with us. We extend our gratitude for taking part with us in empowering
womanhood with love and harmony.