1-23-17

A blank page. I stare at the emptiness of this page as I prepare to write. There is so much in my head and heart that I want to say.  And yet, I’m not sure where to begin.

So much has happened in a week’s time. We celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who used his voice, his life, his whole being to create significant change in the world.

We held the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, our 45th President. I think all of us, regardless of our political stance, held our collective breath in wonder. We wonder about what this leader will give priority to, what our nation will stand for, how he will use his voice to impact the US and the world.

Then on Saturday, millions gathered all over the world to put voice to rights, human rights, and to making sure that the voice of all, not just the chosen few, are heard.

I did not march on Saturday. I was afraid. Afraid first of my own physical limitation after 8 months of chemotherapy.  But there was more than the fear of my physical limitation.  I was afraid to be called a radical as so many are now being unfairly defined. So many of my sisters and brothers, both literally and metaphorically, did march. They found and used their voices. They used that which is their absolute right—the right to peacefully stand up for what they believe. The right to find and use their voice.

 This is an extraordinary time in our history.  I believe each and every one of us is being called to stand for what we believe. To peacefully fight through our own fears, to stand for those who are not able to stand for themselves, to find and use our voice. It’s a time to listen, really listen, with both head and heart. There is so much anger, division, hatred. Forward movement is paralyzed when we stop listening. At the same time, standing firm, articulating with peaceful conviction ignites a different kind of dialogue.

I am convinced now more than ever that we must stand up, stand out, create real (and meaningful) change. I am convinced that our work to “Inspire Sheroes” is needed now more than at any other time in our history. I personally want to invite you to join us as community on January 27 at DePaul University in Chicago. Together we will be inspired and together, we will inspire others to find and use their voice. This is not a “female conversation.” This is a human conversation, and as such, I certainly want to invite men to attend.

More information and registration about Inspiring Sheroes is available at https://www.globalwlf.com/inspiring-sheroes .