"Maya Angelou once spoke of “how important it is to recognise and celebrate our heroes and she-roes”. It is the stories of inspirational people that empower me. Those women who stand up and fight for their rights and the rights of others; they are reproductive justice activists, writers, advocates, feminists, political activists, and trade union activists. Women throughout history such as Emma Goldman, Elvia Carrillo Puerto, Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, Mairéad Farrell, Comandante Ramona, Eufrosina Cruz, Maire Drumm, Simone de Beauvoir, Rosemary Nelson, Rosa Parks…the list is endless, and their stories are both amazing and powerful.
However it is not only the stories of these people that are empowering. Empowerment also comes from the ordinary women of our communities who give sound advice, strength, solidarity and friendship. The women who listen, write and engage with others. The women who lead, collaborate, and advocate for others. The women who vote, protest, petition and march. The women who teach, educate, and learn. They are our mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, friends, wives, girlfriends, partners, mentors and teachers.
And they are truly empowering."