On Hearing Gloria Steinem Speak…

22 May

From YWCA Interim Executive Director Barbara Benisch:

Yesterday I attended the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s 8th Annual Power of the Purse luncheon. The speaker was Gloria Steinem, an icon and leader of the feminist movement and efforts to create equality and justice for women and people of color and all economic levels. She was inspiring to me and I wanted to share a few quotes that I found powerful.

According to Gloria, equal pay for women would reduce the number of people living in poverty by half – completely changing the economic conditions of individuals, families and whole communities by putting more money in the hands of those who need it and who will spend it locally.

She talked about using our checkbooks for change – “How you spend your money reflects your values”.

“Remember that everything you do matters and behave accordingly – because everything and anything could matter to someone and you don’t know in advance what makes a difference.”

“Change is like a tree, it grows from the roots up.”

“The voting booth is the one place on earth where we are all equal.”

I feel proud to be part of the YWCA with our mission (eliminating racism and empowering women) and focus on racial and economic justice and support for women and families!

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