This iconic image of Tank Man was captured by Jeff Widener for AP *Note: A prior version of this pep talk was published in 2017, before many of our new friends joined us. (Welcome!) I hope those who have been here since the beginning are reminded of how far you’ve come; and I hope those who … Continue reading Revolutions Begin With Everyday People – Like You and Me
Category: Inspiring stories from history
Obstacle or Opportunity? One Woman’s Legacy of Fearless Living
If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. ~Frank Clark. Faith sees the opportunity - doubt sees the obstacles. What you see is what you get. ~James MacDonall Her note read "My dear, your idea is so absolutely mad that it must be thoroughly sane. Come and talk it over!" … Continue reading Obstacle or Opportunity? One Woman’s Legacy of Fearless Living
Mother Jones, the Resistance, and You.
I'm not a humanitarian. I'm a hell raiser. ~Mother Jones Pray for the dead. Fight like hell for the living. ~Mother Jones. In the 1890s, an elderly Irish immigrant widow was branded the "most dangerous woman in America." Why? Because she fought for workers. Correction - she fought like hell for workers. Mother Jones took … Continue reading Mother Jones, the Resistance, and You.
Accepting Our Opportunities
I was brought up to believe that a person must be rescued when drowning, regardless of religion and nationality. ~Irena Sendler When you know that something is basically at stake, like real life, you do everything to save it. You don’t talk about it and discuss it. You do it. ~ Irena Sendler Irena Sendler … Continue reading Accepting Our Opportunities
Never Underestimate the Power of a Small Group of Dedicated People
How an ad hoc women's health research group changed women's lives worldwide.
Moving Mountains, One Shovelful at a Time
It always seems impossible until it's done. ~Nelson Mandela Note: Spring break has sprung! Some of you may recall this post, which was originally published on December 12, 2017; its message of perseverance and dedication felt especially relevant this week. I hope it reminds you just how much your daily contributions matter. I see the work … Continue reading Moving Mountains, One Shovelful at a Time
The Behind the Scenes Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Lightening makes no sound until it strikes. ~Martin Luther King, Jr. This past weekend we paused to remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who tirelessly fought for racial justice and so eloquently stated the case for freedom and equality that his words still send shivers down our spines. … Continue reading The Behind the Scenes Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
How the Resistance is Giving Us Meaning
What is to give light must endure burning. ~Viktor Frankl The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. ~Pablo Picasso During WWII, a promising young jewish psychotherapist named Viktor Frankl was given an opportunity to escape the Nazis. He had obtained a passport - a … Continue reading How the Resistance is Giving Us Meaning
2017: The Year of the Woman
I am done being polite. And I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell. ~San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz It occurred to me as I scrolled through images of the mayor of San Juan wading through sewage with a bullhorn. 2017 is the year of the woman. And not for the … Continue reading 2017: The Year of the Woman
Don’t Underestimate Your Political Power
Years ago, a woman named Harriet sat down at a table with pen and paper, and wrote a story that would change the world. Because she had been published before, the publisher of a weekly magazine was willing to take a chance on her and publish her story in installments. Still, he was skeptical – … Continue reading Don’t Underestimate Your Political Power