We’re celebrating ordinary women who did extraordinary things to make an Impact. These women used their gifts, talents and desire to strengthen their communities to make a difference.It does not take large sums of money, extensive education or knowledge to make an Impact. Use what you have and start where you are
Dolores Huerta-Activist/Labor Leader
Along with Cesar Chavez, Huerta co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which eventually became the United Farm Workers (UFW), in order to unite farmers into a union that fights to protect their rights. She is a labor leader and civil rights activist who has also advocated for immigrants’ and women’s rights, earning her the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and Presidential Medal of Freedom. (Latina.com)
Candy Lightner: Stood Up Against Drunk Driving
After her 13-year-old daughter was killed by a repeat DWI offender, Candy Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in her home on March 7, 1980. Before MADD, there were little to no legal consequences for driving while intoxicated; her organization transformed American attitudes about drunk driving and successfully fought for stricter laws across the country.
Daisy Bates:First Lady of Little Rock,Journalist/Activist
In 1957, Daisy Bates became a household name when she fought for the right of nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Founder and CEO, Back on My Feet
Anne Mahlum started running when she was 16, as an escape from turbulence in her family life. A decade later, in 2007, she began a running club for a group of men in a local homeless shelter with the belief that running could give them the confidence and sense of control they needed to rebuild their lives. In the years since, her nonprofit Back On My Feet has grown exponentially, adding programs that provide educational support an…d job placement, and helping hundreds of members through chapters in nine states.
Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time (Welcome Books).
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