The news is terrible. At every turn it seems like there is a mass shooting, a natural disaster, a financial crisis, hate…. The positives are few and far between so I set out to find some greatness to focus on. Below are some women, from many generations marking the world with their intelligence, compassion and just plain amazingness.
23andMe is a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Mountain View, California. The company is named for the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a normal human cell. (source: Wikipedia) Founded by Anne Wojcicki, Linda Avey, Paul Cusenza. The company offers insight on health, bodily traits and ancestry. By offering a direct line to consumers you are able to find out your predispositions to certain diseases and track down your ancestors.
Gina L. Mulligan created Girls Love Mail. While she was researching powerful, amazing women for her novel Remember the Ladies, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She received letters, over 200 of them, from people she had never met. She felt loved, and knew she wasn’t alone in this battle. She realized how important those words were to her and knew the impact they would have on others. Girls Love Mail collects letters of encouragement to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. She has impacted over 90,000 women since 2009.
Edna was born and raised in Kenya during the time of drought and starvation. Being a girl, there was no emphasis on education by society but her mother knew better. She had her attend school, which helped her avoid starvation, thanks to the meals provided during school hours. When she noticed the meal packages were coming from The United States of America, she vowed to migrate here and make sure children like her would continue to receive these meals. She is currently The Chief Impact Officer and Rise Against Hunger, a global social impact organization. She has a Master’s in Social Work and through her methodologies and experiences advocated and years later was a integral part of the Food Security Act.
Is the largest non-government funder of childhood cancer research grants. Kathleen Ruddy is the CEO and the one responsible for this foundation. A daughter of two cancer survivors, she has used her marketing expertise to gain funds for research. She has organized over 200 head shaving events around the world in one month, having shaved her head twice.
This girl is on fire. I saw her video a while back and was so inspired. She is 18 years old and has the ability and the intuition to make a massive difference in the world. Something as little as a phrase can impact your day, your life, your soul.
A young female artist capturing sexism in images through Instagram that shows what women are dealing with today. Rora Blue
Atmospheric Scientist, working with President Obama to address the climate change issue that has been her agenda all her professional life. Founder and CEO of ATMOS Research , she is doing her part to raise awareness and offer solutions that can affect climate change for the better.
You do not have to be a scientist, a photographer, a writer, etc. You are a woman and you can do great things.
A simple “Hello, your hair looks nice” or an extra second to hold the door open can change a person’s day and impact them positively. Lending an ear, sharing a secret, bringing in leftovers to work to share with a friend can brighten and change their outlook within seconds.
I encourage you to take note of the simple things you do in a day to help empower other women. You will be surprised at how much you impact another person’s life. And if you find you are not doing enough, make a pact with yourself to do more.
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