Stories

Amazing women & girls have shared these remarkable stories about breakthroughs in their lives, moments in which they have triumphed over fears, beliefs, or events that kept them from recognizing their amazingness. Some are stories of pain and how women & girls have triumphed over it. As you read these stories, rather than focusing on the pain, choose to focus on the triumph and the ways that others have overcome what may once have seemed impossible to overcome. Let's celebrate their triumphs!
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The Courage to Leave An Abusive Relationship

“A woman in an abusive relationship tries six or seven times to leave before she is successful.” This is the statistic the DSHS caseworker gave me as I sat in front of her, hiding behind a file of court documents and police reports. I held...

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I Need to Walk My Path

I was in San Diego, last week. A piece of heaven. Walked to Balboa Park. Walked along the water front. Stopped outside a store to look for a hummingbird I saw, in my peripheral vision. Sat in a cafe drinking the best smoothie. I am trying to...

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When Weakness Becomes Strength

I had always been a quiet child, enjoying nature, keeping to myself – and being overlooked by others. Many times the feeling of being different from others overcame me, in groups I often felt lost, like an outsider. For a long time I...

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Nisha Varghese: Unbreakable Spirit

You see the girl in the wheelchair, and you think, “Oh, poor thing. She’s disabled. Life must be so hard for her.” You walk right up to her, and then turn around and ask the person standing with her, “What does she have?” as though...

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I never thought I would make it to America...

Growing up in a little Amazigh village called Tazarine in the desert oasis of Morocco means being born into family tribe thatis dominated by men. My community operates within a segregated system, which inherently discriminates against women...

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Sabiendo Que Mi Voz Debería ser Escuchada

Alrededor de hace algo así como un mes, estuve extremadamente sorprendida por una orden de la Corte presentada en contra mía por parte de mi ex-esposo. Sin yo tener conocimiento, él estaba pidiendo la emancipación de mi hijo quien tiene...

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Wenn Schwäche zu Stärke wird

Ein Kind der Stille war ich schon immer. Gern in der Natur, gern allein – und gern von anderen übersehen. Oft beschlich mich das Gefühl, ‘anders’ zu sein als die anderen, in Gruppen fühlte ich mich oft verloren, als Außenseiter. Lange...

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Ecos of My Compass

My name is Karla Wheelock and I’m a Mexican mountain climber. When I think about what it means to lead from the heart and be authentic in my leadership, I think of the heart as the compass that guides us to where we need to go. When it beats...

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Sliding Doors: un nuovo mondo

La vita è sempre sorprendente e anche se sai che è così, si rimane sempre sbalorditi dal flusso degli avvenimenti. Ad un certo punto della mia vita, come molte altre donne, ho incontrato un cancro al seno: ero giovane avevo 36 anni, non...

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Madame Secretary General From the Slum

A few days ago, I was asked again a question I receive quite often, “How did you grow up so differently from the ghettos where you were raised?” My answer has always been simple, the Missy Bell kind: “I am destined for greatness; this...