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!

Simply Because It Is Yours

For the last eight years I’ve been working on HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Mexico but also globally, and I really feel that I have one of the most beautiful jobs ever. How can I say that this is the most...

The Life We Create In Telling Our Story

We create and re-create our life in the stories we tell others about ourselves and in the stories we tell ourselves. Several years ago I heard Ben Zander, conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, speak about the impact of our answer to...

Stop Blaming (yourself)

Blame is a way we discharge pain. We blame others, hurling insults and digging our heels into the cushy comfort of self-righteous indignation. Or we blame ourselves. We beat ourselves up. We call ourselves names like “loser” and...

Logro Académico como una Salida

Cuando yo tenía 12 años, nosotros (mi madre y mis dos hermanos y una hermana) nos mudamos desde Colombia a los EE.UU. para vivir con mi padre que había emigrado 7 años antes. Llegamos a descubrir que él se había convertido en un...

Committed to Mentorship

The year was 1997 and I had worked for Pathfinder International for 6 years in Program Administration and I loved my job. At the beginning of that year, my husband got a Post-Doctoral Fellowship opportunity in Glasgow, Scotland that would last...

Destigmatizing Menstruation in Swaziland

I am inspired in the hope of destigmatizing menstruation and be period positive. It was one of the days whereby you feel that everything is against you. As a mother of two boys and a girl I did not know what to give my children when they came...

Christine’s Courage

My story is actually a story about a woman I met in Madagascar last fall – her name is Christine. She and I met while I was on a visit to an organization who I support via my role as manager of product donations with Johnson &...

Street Smarts

My story started when I met my mentor and friend, Peggy Surratt. She encouraged me to be the best pediatric ICU nurse that I could possibly be at home and around the world. Together we cared for desperately ill children around the world, and...

It is Never Too Late

It’s Never Too Late For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the sun Ecclesiastes 3:1 Jacqueline Maynard-Campbell April 8, 2016 It is never too late to live your dreams, as long as you keep them in the forefront of...

Women Working Together

My short term goal was easy. I aimed to be well conditioned and prepared to play baseball respectably at fantasy camp. The long term goal was more difficult. What kind of long term goal would be realistic for a 44 year-old just getting started...