WomenWalking honors the extraordinary that is alive inside all women.
No matter who you are, where you come from, what you look like, what you believe, how you walk, what you wear or how you talk, our purpose is to encourage you to let your light shine out into the world. You are special. You are bright. You are extraordinary!
“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”
In Honor and Love of Toni Morrison
Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist.
February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019
Fly Toni Morrison, fly. xo
Acacia Woodley, at 12, started Tiny Girl, Big Dream. She founded the company in 2012 with a goal of placing friendship kits into every school across the United States and through kindness and friendship push bullying and violence out of our schools and communities.
A principal at a school where Acacia spoke, came up to her afterwards and said, “I finally get it, for so many years I have dealt with the problem of bullying. We as a country have spent millions of dollars in think tanks, and anti-bullying campaigns only to see the problem grow. I finally understand that we could never solve the problem in the route we were going because it isn’t about being anti-bully, it is about being pro-friendship, thank you Acacia for helping me to understand.“
Patsy Fleisch grew up one of 7 children during a time when girls were discouraged from going to college and encouraged to get married. For graduation from high school, Patsy was given a suitcase to be on her way. And find her way, she did.
Attending school during the day, working at night, she met her husband, got married and had her daughter at 20. She helped her husband drive trucks to make ends meet (at a time when there weren’t bathrooms for women).
When Mary Kay cosmetics showed up in her life, it was Mary Kay’s own determination to succeed as a woman that resonated with Patsy’s core beliefs. Even though she started at Mary Kay as a way to earn extra income and balance work and family, it was caring for others by providing exceptional customer service that is the key to Patsy’s success as a business woman. “Everyday I make a choice. I choose to be happy.”
Knowing what it was like to get out of prison with no money and no safe place to live, Susan Burton started a home for women who found themselves in the same situation. Gradually her organization, A New Way of Life, expanded from one home to five. In addition to housing, it offers women coming out of prison, 12-step programs, counseling, connection with children, caring, love and so much more.
Susan Burton acknowledges that her work — which brings her back to prison regularly — can be draining. “So many nights after I’ve gone into a prison and lay my head on the pillow, it’s a heavy head that I lay on the pillow,” she says. But, she adds, “It’s not hard for me to go back, because I’m going in with the purpose of freeing people up.”
Susan traces her journey from prison to recovery — and her efforts to help others — in her memoir Becoming Ms. Burton.
Three years ago, Mihaela Noroc began her Atlas of Beauty project with a passion for photography, travel and the belief that there are stories to be told.
“Through my photography, I want to capture that feeling of warmth and serenity which comes from the eyes of a woman and can balance sometimes the negativity we see in the media. Many people from all around the world face discrimination just because they have a certain color, religion, ethnicity or because they are women. I think beauty is diversity and it can teach us to be more tolerant.”
Sarah Marquis – explorer, writer, speaker
“’Walking is the perfect speed for us,’” says Marquis, who believes that modern-day commuters, hurtling through the world at unnatural speeds, have lost a profound connection to their surroundings.
’There is this big open, wide, amazing space around you,’ she says, ‘It entertains me all the way, and I’m fascinated with nearly everything.’ Because anything from an insect under a leaf to the color of a rock becomes an object of fascination, each minute is as exciting as the last.”
“I know you do not make the laws, but I also know that you are the wives and mothers, the sisters and daughters of those who do; and if you really suppose you can do nothing to overthrow slavery, you are greatly mistaken.” Angelina Grimke, excerpt from her 1836 Appeal to the Christian Women of the South
Angelina and Sarah Grimke were two early and prominent activists for abolition and women’s rights who lived to see the end of slavery and the rise of the women’s rights movement. Sarah Grimke (1792-1873) and Angelina Grimke Weld (1805-1879) were raised in wealth in South Carolina. The Grimke sisters grew to despise slavery after witnessing its cruel effects at a young age.
“Live in the present. Do the things you know need to be done. Do all the good you can each day. The future will unfold.”
From 1953 to 1981, Peace Pilgrim walked more than 25,000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace…Over the course of her 28 year journey, she touched the hearts, minds and lives of thousands of individuals across North America.
“’I was raised with a belief that you [as an individual] do good for Mother Earth; who will take action if you didn’t… How can you quit on the Earth?’
…She’s (Kelsey, an 18 year old from Oregon) joined other environmental activists in the Great March for Climate Action, which stepped off in Los Angeles on March 1 and winds up in Washington D.C. on Nov. 1. The group is taking a break just as they’re crossing the Indiana border into Ohio and taking a bus to New York City to join the march.
‘You don’t have to call yourself an activist to act. Why do I care about climate change? Because I want to be able to do things. Because I want to ensure my children will be able to do things.’”
“Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”
In loving tribute and gratitude to
Rest you well, Phenomenal Woman.
“Now you understand, Just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about, Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing, It ought to make you proud. I say, It’s in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need for my care. ‘Cause I’m a woman, Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman, That’s me.