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Monday Motivation: Female Activism Icons to Inspire You Today

February 27, 2023

Monday Motivation for Women, Female Business Owners, Women in Sports

Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Gloria Steinem

Most days the television isn’t on until 5 p.m. when I tune into my favorite show “Around the Horn,” featuring sports writers from around the USA. Always hoping my favorite person Sarah Spain is on, I look at the faces and smile if I see she is commenting on important sport topics of the day. Always leave it to Sarah, to say something about women in sports, inequality issues, or just a female take on a story.

Sarah Spain, ESPN

Yesterday feeling under the weather after getting bronchitis from running in 32 degrees, without my inhaler, as I train for a “Try a Tri” event in thirty days, I turned down an invitation to go to “Green Beer Sunday” in Syracuse where people of all ages, nationalities and drinking abilities gather to welcome St. Patrick’s Day month arriving mid-week. I am not Irish, but I know a great time the dead of winter when I hear it.

Instead, I turned on Netflix to find Archewell’s “Live to Lead” series featuring some of my favorite female icons speaking about their lives, beliefs, how they have/are changing the world, and their hopes for the future. After listening to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Greta Thunberg, and Gloria Steinem, I realized no amount of green beer could inspire me the way these women’s words did.

Greta Thunberg

It is hard to be motivated when you are sick, but somehow these three interviews perked me up to think about where I am in my career trying to get more women to buy from women first and foremost through my business platform Women TIES. It’s been almost three decades of talking, cajoling, displaying, explaining, and motivating women to rethink where they spend their money until we get a pay equality law. My answer is always,

“Women must buy from women first and foremost, putting money in the pocketbooks, bank accounts, and Pay Pal accounts of women any time they can to help with pay inequality to help them earn more and strengthen the financial future for females.”

I’m not a bank looking for business or mad at men for getting paid more, but a passionate female moved by the monetary injustices still facing women today. From corporate offices to professional athletic playing fields to even summer job holders – teenage girls like my nieces – trying to earn the same amount of hourly pay as their boy counterparts, I want women to be the benefactors of other people’s spending until a pay equity law exists.

Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham holding her sign at the Women’s March in DC in 2017

Like Gloria and Greta, I have marched for change many times. I write about and speak about this particular change. I’ve been in the media sharing my views, written articles, and blogs to shed a light on the subject. Like them, I won’t stop. It’s impossible to stop when a deep passion wakes you up, and moves you, every day.

The only question facing me know is, how much bigger can I go, what else should I be doing to make this change happen, who else must I connect with, what media outlets do I need to be noticed on, what platform is large enough to help, and who else will help me?

Women TIES Business Event in a Woman-Owned Business – “Women Supporting Women”

Meaningful work fueled by deep passion and purpose is typically not accomplished in an activist’s lifetime. It does rest. It stirs inside until action spills out in words, actions, progress, and hope. What can you do today to help me with my lifetime mission and how can I help you with yours?

Rachel McLean & Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham – Women’s March in Syracuse – Co-Hosted by Women TIES
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