So much for regular blogging, but today is International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme is Inspiring Change. How could I fail to get a post up for such an auspicious day?
Of course, the Junior League of Charlottesville is all over inspiring change and I can’t resist the chance to wax poetic about how much we’re changing how we do business – we have a new focus on literacy, a new fundraiser, a new strategic plan (Gretchen even mentions it in her post!) – and we’re changing the lives of our members and our community.
What inspires you as a woman to change yourself and/or your world? Who are your s-heroes? Mine are my fellow Leaguers. Sure, there’s a remarkable list of well-knowns:
JL Founder Mary Harriman
Eleanor Roosevelt – and several other First Ladies
Shirley Temple Black
Sandra Day O’Connor
… and many more
But daily, I’m inspired by my fellow JLCers. I’m surely biased, but we have some of the brightest, most dedicated women anywhere transforming our community. They collaborate instinctively, and they are creative… gosh are they creative! Not only was Dogwood Deals inspired and successful, but a new idea to unite STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and our literacy focus in a program for young girls was sparked the other evening and I can’t wait to see where it goes.
Oh – and all four of those women are continuing in leadership next year. The two on the far left were part of the inspired “small but mighty” fundraising group that made Dogwood Deals happen. The two on the right (yeah, I’m center-right) are president-types. I hope we’re all inspiring our fellow members to imagine and take action for even greater change!