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Today, March 8th is the 103rd annual international women’s day! In honor of that and to provide some inspiration/positivity, especially after my last post, I will list my fave women throughout history-
1. bell hooks
She’s one fierce advocate for gender, class and race equity. She’s done an amazing job at providing a voice for those who have been excluded from the traditional women’s rights movement. And how powerful was the book “Ain’t I A Woman?” as well as the original speech by Sojourner Truth.
2. Somaly Mam. Founder of Somaly Mam Foundation, an organization that supports survivors of the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Southeast Asia. Somaly is a survivor herself who was able to heal from her own horrific trauma and then dedicate her work and life to supporting and helping survivors as they heal.
3. Zainab Salbi. Founder of Women for Women International, an organization that supports women survivors of war. I’ve signed up to sponsor two women in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They offer training, education and support to women who’ve survived the unimaginable. From what I’ve read, it seems Ms. Salbi’s family was closely monitored by Saddam Hussein. She fled to the US and was able to start this renowned and successful international organization.
4. Wendy Davis. She’s strong, tough and innovative. No wonder the right, particularly the Texas right, is trying to ruin her now. Her lengthy filibustering at the Texas state house last June to save reproductive rights put her in the national spotlight. I admit I didn’t know her before this past June. But she’s already been inspirational to me, and many people around the country, including the Girl Scouts.
5. Maya Angelou. Her writing is amazing. She again tackles issues of race and gender and their intersection. Perhaps she’s most famous for her book “I know why the caged bird sings.” Personally I love most her piece “Phenomenal Women.”
There are so many more women who inspire me every day and provide me with hope and guidance in this misogynistic world. Well-known women as well as my friends, mother, sister, cousin, other family members, colleagues and acquaintances. Every day they’re surviving as best they can in a sexist world and the majority of them still thrive despite that.
Happy International Women’s Day!