As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we asked a few of our team members to share which women inspire them and why.
Some draw inspiration from close to home in the form of mothers, aunts, and wives, while others draw inspiration from friends or a powerful historical figure. Find out which women inspire your favorite Inkers below.
My Aunt Margie has lived such a full, interesting life — with adventures and hardships alike. She took on a career in helping women coming from difficult circumstances (abuse, poverty, etc.) in the Dorchester area, and married my Uncle Bill. They traveled a lot with the little money they had, and eventually married and went on to have a family. With three little kids, my Uncle Bill lost his eyesight — but he and Margie overcame adversity, became quite successful and found new ways to live a fulfilling life. My Uncle Bill went on to become the first educator to introduce inclusivity into the classroom. He has schools around Boston named after him, like the Dr. William Henderson K-12 Inclusion School in Dorchester!
Aunt Margie and Uncle Bill worked hard and eventually bought a second home in Cape Cod, where I spent so many of my childhood summers making great memories. This place is really where Aunt Margie had a significant impact on me. She is AMAZING with kids – and always spent so much time taking us to the beach, kayaking, exploring nature, doing activities, etc. We developed a really close relationship, and it only got closer when my mom got sick.
Aunt Margie was my mom’s favorite person in the world. She truly rose to the occasion of supporting my mom in every step of her cancer journey. Now, she has really stepped in for me as a grandmother/mother figure since my mom and mimi are no longer earthside.
We have so much in common and share an unbreakable bond. She is a role model for me in so many ways. She is selfless, generous, completely non judgmental, inspiring, natural, timeless, laidback and just a ray of sunshine. When I think of summertime, I think of her! Hope this short little overview gives you a decent description of the woman who has shaped my life in so many ways.
My mom. I’ve always idolized both my parents for how they raised my siblings and I, even though my siblings may have turned out to be the favorites. I kid of course, my parents could never choose a favorite. My mom is a “no nonsense” type of person and I admire that. She’s open-minded and always listens to other people and cares about what they are going through. Regardless of the circumstance, she always wants what’s best for everybody else even if it’s not what’s best for her.
My friend Abby Lefebvre. She inspires me because she’s always setting big goals in both her personal and work life and attaining them. She’s a great example of someone who relentlessly goes after her dreams and she still finds the time to enjoy life and show up for her friends and family.
My wife, Renee. Not only does she work full-time to help K-4 children develop their speech and language capabilities, she’s also a devoted and inspiring mother and a loving and supportive partner who’s a fantastic cook. And she’s cute as a button.
This is more of a historical inspiration rather than personal. Susan B. Anthony. Learning about her in grade school greatly impacted my outlook on my right to vote. I never miss the chance to cast my ballot, and she is the reason why.