It’s a celebration of us, Women! International Women’s Day has been celebrated since the early 1900’s, and, as the driving force of generations of strong women would have it, the celebration doesn’t stop in the early 2010’s!
We are here! We are unstoppable! We are relentless! We are Quitters!
That’s right. Women are the world’s best Quitters. Behaviors, mindsets, habits, allowances – quitting is about change. A shift. Purposed endings that spark beautiful beginnings. Encouraging ourselves and others to let go of what does not work anymore (or never has), and replacing it with purpose, freedom, justice, and Love.
Women are all about that life, and as a result, we are farther along as a gender today than ever.
But we can’t stop now; there is still work to do – be it in the area of human trafficking, maternal health, sexual abuse education, or the rights of girls to go to school.
Check out a few of today’s women who are changing the world because they decided it was time to QUIT the status quo, and create change:
- Nadia Sasso, co-founder and co-Vice President at Yehri Wi Cry, quit accepting the drastically high maternal and infant mortality rates in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She and her team now empower women by providing birthing kits and incentives to improve birth facilities and medical care for women.
- Beverly Bond, founder of Black Girls Rock!, decided it was time to stop the negative images and depictions of women of color to our girls. BGR mentors and advocates for girls through the arts, and celebrates positive, incredible women of color.
- Erin Ganju, CEO of Room to Read, encourages the world to quit underestimating the effect that education for girls has on global poverty. She and her team develop literacy programs and provide uniforms, school fees, and transportation to support girls’ education programs across Asia and Africa. See their documentary, Girl Rising.
- Erin Merryn is shaking up the nation to quit ignoring the importance of child sexual abuse education. Erin’s Law has now been passed in 4 states, with 8 states pending approval.
- Carol Smolensk, Executive Director for End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT), inspires the nation to quit believing that child exploitation is just an “oversees” problem, and works to end the violence and control of pimps and sex traffickers on young girls on U.S. soil.
- C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), influences lawmakers and organizations to stop ignoring the impact of race and economics regarding the spread of AIDS. As the oldest non-profit of its kind, NBLCA works to promote AIDS eduction, testing, treatment, and health coverage through policy and advocacy for communities of African descent nationwide.
- Writer-Producer-Director Ava DuVernay inspired entertainment hopefuls to quit believing that there are no audiences for black films, when she made history as the 1st African-American women to win Best Director in the Sundance Film Festival for her feature film, Middle of Nowhere.
- Coach-Author-Speaker and Founder of Girlfriends Pray, Dee Marshall empowers women to let go of the mindset that you’re too busy for spiritual growth through prayer, and draws women closer to God through the organization’s virtual sanctuary, webinars, and events.
- Malala Yousafzai believed it was time to stop denying girls the right to education in Pakistan, and for that took bullets from the Taliban and survived. This young lady has heart. See a video of her life and struggle here.
I salute these ladies and the countless others who make a difference in our communities, society, and the world!
Is there a shero you’d like to salute? There are women in every nook and cranny of this globe fighting for change and justice, lovers of freedom and equality, creators of new realities for women – many in our own backyards! Feel free to add their shout-out in the comments below. Let’s go forth as the next generation of women leaders who quit, stop, and tear down in order to rebuild and begin a new way of life for ourselves and others.
Prayer-note: Dear Love, I quit any thoughts that deny my God-given, woman-abilities to affect positive change. I am pregnant with change; I will deliver success!