Today is International Women’s Day, a celebration of social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. To celebrate International Women’s Day, FCP rounded up some of our most inspirational female figures. These change-makers are a small sample of the incredible women working to make the world a better, more just place for all. #IWD2016
Audrey’s pick: FLOTUS – I’m inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama for being a powerful woman of color. I applaud her efforts to reverse child obesity, balance women in the work force, and encourage arts and arts education, to name a few. Michelle also works to support mentoring programs for young girls, encouraging them to break the glass ceiling.
Caitlin’s pick: As I reflect on women I’m inspired by, the list is long and diverse. However, one of the first inspiring women that came to mind is Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She has been working tirelessly and unflinchingly to protect the rights of women. In a time where there is so much at stake, it is comforting to know there are people like Cecile that are working hard for us to defend our rights as women.
Sarah’s pick: Gabby Giffords dedicated her life to public service as the youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate and then as a Member of Congress. She stepped down from Congress after she was shot at a community event. Now, she’s raising her voice in the fight for responsible gun policies – an issue that effects women. Women in our country are approximately 11 times more likely to be killed by a gun than women in other high-income countries. I’m inspired both by Gabby’s tenacity in recovering from her injuries and how she’s turned that horrific event into a call for action and change.