Stories

Every woman and every girl inspires us. We are deeply grateful to those who have shared their stories about breakthroughs in their lives, the ways in which they have overcome fears, beliefs, or events that once kept them from connecting with their inner strength and recognizing their amazingness. Some of these stories are stories of pain and how a women or girl triumphed over it. As you read these stories, rather than focusing on the pain, choose to focus instead on the triumph and the ways that others have overcome what may once have seemed impossible to overcome. Let's celebrate their triumphs!

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

A Blessing In Disguise: My Experience With...

Three years ago, my skin broke with, in my eyes, severe adult acne. I was devastated to say the least. My self-esteem and self confidence entirely depleted as everyday I looked in the mirror and saw an ugly face. My skin was sore, it was full...

Awareness is key for prevention

Don’t ever give up, demand answers from your doctor, question the root cause of your illness, find another doctor if your gut is questioning your current one, become your own health advocate, and guide your doctor by requesting tests be...

The Adolescent Girl Puzzle

In my community, being a girl is like putting together a really difficult puzzle. Being a girl can often mean that the different pieces of you don’t quite fit together. You should not be well-educated, and your place is in the kitchen. You...