Women Rising, Women Revolutionizing Leading the Movement for Peace, Justice, Sustainability Honoring Women’s History Month 2019
“Women of every color, ethnicity, cultural, spiritual, social and educational background throughout the world are rising up as leaders, visionaries and agents of change to restore balance, peace and justice in the world.”
– Harriet Tubman Wright
I’m proud to come from a long lineage of powerful African and African American women trailblazers, movers and shakers, those who have defied the odds, broken the barriers and raised the bar of excellence in every field of endeavor!
Africa – In antiquity: Auset, Queen Hatshesut, Queen of Sheba, Queen Nzinga to more contemporary times: Wangari Mathaai, Miriam Makeba, Winnie Mandela, Sobonfu Some’ Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira…
African American Women Ancestors; Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Madam CJ Walker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, Rosa Parks, Dorothy Height, Ida B. Wells, Shirley Chisolm, Barbara Jordan, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lorraine Hansberry, Josephine Baker, Marian Anderson, Bessie Smith, Katherine Dunham, Zora Neale Hurston, Eartha Kitt, Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Audre Lorde, Octavia Butler, Maya Angelou, Nancy Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Wilma Rudolph, Althea Gipson, Henrietta Lacks, Bishop Leontine Kelly, Rev Dr. Katie Cannon, to name but a very small few…
Other Powerful Women who’ve made and are making a difference globally include:
Mary Magdalene, Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa, Indira Ghandi, Benazir Bhutto, Isabel Allende,
Ellen Johnson Serleaf, Dolores Huerta, Aung San Suu Kyi, Winona LaDuke, Wilma ManKiller, Angela Davis, Joan Baez, Gloria Steinem, Yuri Kochiyama, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Queen Elizabeth II, Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama.
“We stand on the brink of a great evolutionary shift, and our feminine consciousness is needed. It is integral to the reweaving of the world. It is what will birth a new way of being that will reignite our care and compassion for the Earth, for the trees, for generations to come.” – Clare Dubois, Founder, TreeSisters
Take a moment to think about your sheroes, that is, in addition to your grandmothers, great grandmothers or other powerful women in your family.
- What women have been the most influential role models for you?
- In what ways can you apply the lessons of their trials, tribulations and triumphs?
- What qualities do the women listed above have in common?
- Identify other women you’d add to the list?
- In what ways can you cultivate greater influence and leadership?
We can look to these women of influence, power and leadership; revolutionary women of courage, wisdom, faith and talent who have changed the world and are changing the world, to help fuel our own desires to BE the change we seek for ourselves and our world!
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women’s equality.
Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific. Make IWD your day – everyday.