“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.
The essence of International Women’s Day is the celebration of the triumphs and accomplishments of girls and women all over the world. This year, I am directing my attention to accomplishments that many people may not know about; the accomplishments of She’s the First scholars across the world.
As I have mentioned in past blog posts, She’s the First is a non-profit organization that sponsors girls’ education in developing nations. Every day, student leaders in campus chapters here in the U.S. work creatively and fervently to help our scholars harness their potential and become independent, strong women who can give back to their communities and societies.
Today, I am celebrating all of these girls, who are struggling in countries such as India, Guatemala, Uganda, and Peru to get an education and follow their dreams.
Fatou is a student attending Starfish International in The Gambia. Many of us have someone or something to lean on when growing up and developing into an adult, but she did not. Instead of giving up, however, Fatou harnessed her love for photography and started on her way toward starting a photography business, something she had never seen another woman accomplish in her community. Today, celebrate girls like Fatou, Magho, Prathiba, Rithika, and the hundreds of other She’s the First scholars as well as all of the girls struggling to gain an education in developing nations.
As a student leader of a campus chapter of She’s the First, I have seen first hand how these girls, with determination and passion, accomplish their goals and grow to be intelligent, competent members of their society. I am so grateful to be able to spend this year’s International Women’s Day celebrating our scholars all over the world who inspire me so much.
Celebrate with me and be inspired by Fatou in the new She’s the First short film, “Focused”: