Amid our new reality of shelter in place, our family enjoys watching thought provoking movies and documentaries. Just this past evening, we discovered “Freedom Writers” starring Hilary Swank while perusing Netflix - an easy decision given our admiration for the actress. “Freedom Writers” tells the story of how an inexperienced teacher motivated and inspired at-risk students, who were struggling with issues such drugs, gang violence, poverty, and homelessness, in a racially divided community in Long Beach, CA. Wanting to make sure that this story was not another Hollywood’s fairy tale, I did some research into the real Erin Gruwell. What I found was that her real-life story was even more incredible than the version portrayed by Swank.
Remember to be kind. If you're part of an industry which allows you to work from home with a steady income still flowing through, reach out to those whose jobs may be compromised during this time to see how you can help. Support small businesses, whether it may be restaurants or independent apparel brands - and especially support health workers.
Another one of the many successful women I'd like to celebrate is Elizabeth Freeman. Born into enslavement around 1744 as “Mum Bett”, she would later bravely challenge the newly adopted Massachusetts State Constitution in 1781 to win her freedom.
This Women’s History Month, I want to recognize women who took chances and lived by their convictions. As a woman of action, I am inspired by role models who fearlessly took calculated risks. Rather than waiting for the world to be changed for them, these women took matters into their own hands. These particular women may not be the most well known, but they are truly role models who serve as an inspiration for the next generation of women.