“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
March is Women’s History Month! We remember and celebrate the vast achievements of women and the crucial role they have played throughout American history. We celebrate and honor their wisdom, their contributions, their voices, and their opinions. And it goes without saying that while March is the month when we officially commemorate women and their untold accomplishments, we offer our praise and recognition every day.
When women step forward and step outside of their comfort zone, when they draw from their inner fortitude and courage, this is the spark of change. Their internal power – and their bravery to tap directly into it – is the light that beckons other women to follow suit so that they too, may step into their own internal power.
Throughout history, we have inspirational examples of women who looked directly into the face of fear and spoke out in spite of that fear. I love this quote from Rosa Parks – “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
Here are a just a few women who dared so brilliantly:
- We are inspired by renowned poet, author, civil rights activist, and speaker Maya Angelou, author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
- We remember Mother Teresa, who knew at the tender age of twelve that she felt God’s love and that she wanted to devote her life as a missionary.
- We are inspired by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who increased her involvement in politics when her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, became stricken with polio.
- We are moved to action by Rosa Parks, an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott.
When we embrace the power of our voices, that is the catalyst for transformation. And whether that change contributes directly on a local level or on the global stage, we move forward and advance collectively. There is still much work to be done to encourage women to use their voices and truly be heard. When we support women to stand up and share their voice with the world – and when we raise our daughters to do the same – that is the way forward to a fully open society where women can speak without the fear of shame, retribution, or recrimination.
I started my company with the belief that everyone should find their voice and be heard. I recognized that for many different reasons, entrepreneurs and business owners struggled with communicating their messaging effectively and concisely, especially with their ideal clients. It pained me to know that every day, incredibly accomplished and inspiring women suffered under the weight of their own scrutiny and limiting beliefs. I saw a real opportunity to help build women up and to show them how valuable their contributions are in the world. As I reflect on my own mission in life, I can’t help but think about the endless contributions of women throughout history and wonder what new gifts the world will receive because of a brave woman sharing her voice and courageously moving forward.
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, whom do YOU look up to? What women in your life have played a vital role in helping to shape the person you’ve become? How about those whom you’ve never met yet still uplift and inspire you to rise to greater heights? Who are YOUR role models?
Leave a comment below and let me know how you’ll be celebrating and honoring the women who inspire you!