Happy Women’s Day everyone!

This year’s United Nations theme for International Women’s Day is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”. The new millennium has witnessed a significant change in the attitude of men and society as a whole towards women’s rights and equality but not all the battles have been won. While in the developed countries, women have access to education, health, equal pay and laws to protect what is rightfully theirs, they are still subject to violence and harassment in today’s male dominated society.

The story is even worse in developing states where the true value of women is often downplayed. Issues like female infanticide and genital mutilation, both acts which are barbaric to the core, still crop up in areas of India, China and Africa where the major part of the working population is female. It is high time for these nations to realise the strong potential of the women populace and empower them to take an active role in shaping their countries’ future.

On a positive note, we have been witnessing the rise of women in fields like politics, business, management and engineering which were previously restricted circles. Instead of being a reminiscent of a negative past, the International Women’s Day has become a celebration of women’s achivements and serves to inspire women to reach greater heights.

Hundreds of events are held globally every 8th March to bring to light the progressive emergence of women beyond their ‘housewife’ image. To mark this special day, I post a smaller version of the elegant coffee cake I baked earlier, from ThePioneerWoman, in honour of all those women who have struggeld for the emancipation of womankind and made us proud of who we are today.

PIONEER WOMAN’S BEST COFFEE CAKE

Ingredients:

For the Cake

3/4 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

3 cups flour, sifted

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1-1/4 cup whole milk

3 whole egg whites, beaten until stiff

For the Topping

3/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup flour

1-1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons cinnamon

1-1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat egg whites and set aside.

  • Cream butter and sugar. Add flour mixture and milk alternately until combined. Don’t overbeat.

  • Fold in beaten egg whites with a rubber spatula. Spread in a well-greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan with high sides.

  • In a separate bowl, combine topping ingredients with a pastry cutter until crumbly. Sprinkle all over the top.

  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until no longer jiggly. Serve warm. Makes 16 pieces.

Happy Women’s Day!

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