Today is Kartini day. She’s been an inspiration for many Indonesian women to achieve more in their life. She wrote letters to her bestfriend, Stella, in Europe regularly, share her insights about women condition in Indonesia. And how she wanted women to get more education, equal to men.
Mr J. H. Abendanon, the Minister for Culture, Religion and Industry in the East Indies, collected and published the letters that Kartini had sent. The book was titled Door Duisternis tot Licht (Out of Dark Comes Light) and was published in 1911.
Now, Indonesian women have the same opportunities to study and pursue highest career. In technology & social media era, we also have the chance to express our mind.
So, what’s next?
For me, (all of) you are today’s Kartini. And your job is to empower other women, use the tools we’ve widely known and use: internet, laptops and smartphones, and to inspire others that, whatever they want to do: doing business, writing, crafting, etc, they’re too can make a difference, one step at a time.
Happy Kartini day!