Sunday, March 1, 2009

Happy Women's History Month! (March)

Did you know that March is Women's History Month? Women have long been pioneers in the fields of volunteering and philanthropy. Working relentlessly to change the world around them, and to advocate on behalf of their rights, many women of past and present are reminders that it takes just the spark of inspiration and a dash of determination to impact a community and make a mark on history.

Here are just a few examples of some remarkable women who have forever changed our world, for the better:

Arts and Education for the People
Jane Addams was just 29 years old when she co-founded the Hull House, a settlement home providing educational and cultural opportunities to the immigrant communities of Chicago. Her efforts opened up the field of social work to women, and are a reminder to us all that serving one's community is a powerful way to affect change within ourselves and those around us.

Yes We Can!
When groups of women get behind an important cause, the results can be momentous. During the Uprising of 20,000 in 1909, thousands upon thousands of women shirtwaist makers in New York City protested for better working conditions. The result? Higher pay, shorter hours, and a stronger community.

Hello, Mrs. President!
Hailed the "Queen of Finance" for her unprecedented Wall Street success, Victoria Woodhull took her passion for workplace equality to the campaign trail and ran for president in 1872. A champion suffragette, Woodhull inspired women everywhere to raise their aspirations, and to fight for justice and equality.

These great women have paved the way for service and leadership, but you don't have to start a protest to make a difference in the world. Small efforts can have a big impact. Start by finding a cause that matters to you.

Be the change you want to see in the world...

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