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.
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.
Jezuba wishes to continue honoring influential figures as our way of spreading awareness and inspiring others, therefore today I would like to share my story.
For women's history month, I want to talk about not just one woman, but a group of women, who've inspired me this March.
I had the fortune of attending the 2019 Watermark Conference with my co-workers from WePay (a JPMC company). It was an empowering day thinking of what is possible! I was inspired by Dr. Brene Brown's opening remarks. There is no courage without vulnerability, and as storytellers, we can own our story.