As I reflect on the Month of March, as International Women’s History Month, that celebrates the many women who made a difference in our community, the nation, and the world, it reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, “A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everyone.”
This quote embodies why we celebrate Women’s History Month. There has been and continues to be strong women who stand up not only for themselves but for everyone. There are the well-known activists such as Activist Tarana Burke for starting the #MeTooMovement; Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony who started The National Women’s Suffrage Association in 1869; and political history-maker, Nydia Velazquez born in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico who became the first Puerto Rican woman to be elected to serve the United States Congress. But there are many not so familiar activists such as Asieh Amini who’s battling to end the stoning of women in Iran; Brittany Packnett fighting for racial equality in the United States; and Nanfu Wang combatting sexual violence in China.
The list of strong women who stood/stands for themselves and ultimately stood/stands for others is an endless list of notable and amazing women. As Maya Angelou said, “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”
Please take a moment not only during March but throughout the year to celebrate a strong woman near and far who STANDS to Break Barriers and Create Change!
CEO & President
YWCA Lake County