What Does Women's Empowerment Mean to You?

BREAKNLINKS

Voices from Around the U.S.

"Behind every successful woman is herself."

--Anonymous

"I was an executive in the 1970s and 1980s at a major government contractor in the Washington, D.C. area. I was very much in the minority as a woman, especially a woman of color. I am heartened by the increased opportunities in recent decades for my daughter and my granddaughter. I pray that the gender pay gap will continue to close and that the glass ceiling will disappear entirely."

-- Angeline Beach, former Assistant Director of Information Systems

McLean, VA

"The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes."

--C. JoyBell C., Writer

Baltimore, MD

“Up at 5, exercise until 5:45, 15 minutes to glance at the news, then grab coffee and pay bills, feed the pets, say morning to spouse, shower and dress, leave for work at 7, work a full day and commute home, start dinner at 6:45 and eat at 7:30, order groceries online for pickup, review health plan EOBs, read texts from kids, watch 15 minutes of TRMS, plan a friend’s retirement happy hour, then climb into bed. Empowering and absolutely exhausting!”

-- Celeste Flippen, Legility Director of Client Management

Dallas, TX

"I am a strong believer in advocacy. We stand on the shoulders of the women before us, who fought for the right to vote, reproductive rights and other important issues. It is important that all of us continue to work for the rights of those who follow us. We can and should be role models for our daughters."

--Sandy Raciti Thackston, Realtor

Millsboro, DE

"I’ve always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success."

--Gloria Vanderbilt, Fashion Designer

New York, NY

"Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness."

--Oprah Winfrey, Media Executive

Montecito, CA