There are so many valiant women in the world and most go through their days with no recognition. Many have gone through traumatic experiences and have lived to tell the tale. However, telling the tale is not as important as doing the work and achieving against all odds.
One woman I recently read about was sexually trafficked by her mother starting at age 9. This continued for three years but was halted by Child Protective Services, Her mother wouldn’t give up her rights to the girl as she was a source of income and needed to support a rampant drug addiction. Later, she fell into the hands of pimps. Not knowing another way of life, prostitution continued into her 30’s when her own drug addiction finally came to its end.
She developed a program where young prostitutes could come for shelter and be given the resources to make life changes from prostitution. To this date, she has assisted more than 300 girls.
I read about women who have gone through incredible suffering in civil wars, by terrorists, revolutionaries, and often loosing loved ones and their homes in the process. They were given the opportunity for micro-grants, often a cow or a sewing machine, the means to support themselves and their families. In spite of their traumas, they succeeded in the hard-bitten life they were given. Greatness is fluid and relative.
My mother was one of those who achieved despite the odds. As a child she lived with two alcoholics, one of whom was a raging, sexually and physically abusive drunk. At age eleven, she took her one year old sister and left their apartment, never to return. She worked in her aunt’s boarding home to pay her way. Becoming a nurse, she worked very hard to support our family. She ended up developing three businesses in the home health field. When she chose to, she sold one for $250K. She was generous, caring, and though she had a wicked temper at times, she made life easier for many people, even when she didn’t have financial resources for herself. She removed herself so far from the squalor of her childhood, she was truly great.
Most women are touchstones of love and dedication. They share from their hearts and give even in the tough times. Some rise beyond the levels lived by the majority. They become great. They are the women I want to know.