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Posted by Brenda Yoho

March is Women History Month

I continue to discover more and more about others in our journey through life. In our past, we can see a brighter future as we know today is better than yesterday and today builds the foundation for tomorrow. Join in building a foundation we can proudly stand on as history is made today.

Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt confronted President John F. Kennedy about the lack of women in Government; he appointed her as head of a new commission to address the status of women in America and take on discrimination in all of its forms. Eleanor Roosevelt is one of my favorite First Ladies. I have several others, and it is not tied to a specific political party. It is based on the contributions made for others, the love of country, and the core values they demonstrated. This is how we should always describe others, not by the party line only. If you look at the numbers of women involved in politics and government today, you will see how much has changed since the time of Eleanor Roosevelt. My favorite quotes from her are:

  • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
  • “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
  • “You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.”
  • "A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water."

Abigail Adams was the wife of the second President of the United States of America and the mother of the sixth President, John Quincy Adams. She lacked formal education but still influenced many! Abigail Adams spoke out for the rights of women, especially in education. My favorite quotes from her:

  • “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.”
  • “Great necessities call for great leaders.”
  • “We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.”
  • “It's never too late to get back on your feet though we won't live forever, make sure you accomplish what you were put here for”

Barbara Bush is the wife of former President George Walker Herbert Bush. As First Lady, she was known as a family first and volunteerism. She worked diligently to focus on eradicating illiteracy, homelessness, AIDS, and supporting elderly and school volunteerism. My favorite quotes:

  • “Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people-your, family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”
  • “Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life’s blood. But everyone has to give.”
  • “Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.”
  • “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, mot winning now more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent.

Many women through history have guided regaining balance gain courage and confidence when facing setbacks or challenges. I have so many women to thank in my life who guided me and continue to provide support. I have told them personally the impact they have had on my life. Some are not with us any longer but are always in my heart. Please share your stories with the great women who have impacted your life.

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