Women's History Month Q&A


Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
My mom, she passed years ago but I miss her like it was yesterday. Adrienne Anthony, LPN, Flory C

My mom and grandmothers, they shaped me a lot. Debra Mcguire, Office Manager, Flory C

I have been fortunate enough to have several amazing influences in my life. For me, one of the first and most significant was my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Phillips. She really pushed me to try new things and go outside my comfort zone. Leia Velasquez, Director of Quality and Compliance, Flory B

I cannot narrow this down to one person but I think more about the actions of a lot of people, especially women.  I admire my mom who made many sacrifices for her family and my aunt who broke out of the mold of others in her vocation and nurtured such diverse women to reach their potential.  I was tremendously influenced by women who I knew personally and from the news in the 1970’s who spoke up about equal rights for women.  Since that time, I have continued to admire and have been influenced by men and women who follow their own paths and have lots of passion especially for equal rights—people who are pioneers in a variety of professions, people who have conviction and integrity. Nancy Osborn, Ph.D., Psychologist, Flory A

My grandmother, she was the glue in my family, she was beautiful both inside and out.  When I was young she would frustrate me because she was a home economics teacher and everything had to be done a certain way.  The way that you groom yourself, the way that you dress, the way that you cook and set your table, she would even iron her sheets...I understand now that she was teaching me to be a lady, to have pride and to carry myself with dignity.  Some of those traditions and the way that women carry themselves seem to have deteriorated over the years, and at times there seems to be a lack of self respect with the way that young ladies dress and carry themselves but all of the things that she taught me hold true to my heart today.  Casondra Foster, Program Manager, CPRC South

Both my grandmother on my mom’s side and my grandmother on my dad's side.  My grandmother on my mother’s side was a minister and has a knack for finding a way to turn something serious or negative into something funny.  My grandmother on my dad’s side inspired me at a young age to my authentic self.  Christin Trott, CPRC South, Team Leader

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

I think it is a day for women to celebrate other women.  Adrienne Anthony, LPN, Flory C

It felt no different, it isn't celebrated properly. There should be more activities surrounding it. Debra Mcguire, Office Manager, Flory C

I believe that our gender shares commonalities that we can shed light on this day and hopefully come together and share.  I hope we can somehow find ways to encourage women to speak up and achieve what they desire in their lives.  In my lifetime, I have been able to achieve much more than my mom and past generations of women due to the efforts of many people.  And still, there is more work to be done as we can see from the recent movements that have come to light.  I hope we can continue our journeys toward greater and greater freedom to reach our potentials. Nancy Osborn, Ph.D., Psychologist, Flory A

Is it important that we have one? 
If we use it correctly, like actually celebrate it. Adrienne Anthony, LPN, Flory C

Yes, it is important, we need to have at least one day of the year we take care of ourselves. Debra Mcguire, Office Manager, Flory C

Absolutely! Women are amazing and diverse. We should recognize and appreciate that fact. I see Woman's Day as recognizing woman as a whole versus one aspect of Womanhood like Mother's Day. Leia Velasquez, Director of Quality and Compliance, Flory B

What advice would you give to your younger self?
To take every day for yourself, take PTO days. Don't make work your life. I watched my mom work every day of her life, and she blew her PTO days off. Adrienne Anthony, LPN, Flory C

Trust your gut. Debra Mcguire, Office Manager, Flory C

I know it's not easy to stand up and speak out for what is important to you, but it is incredibly powerful and important. Leia Velasquez, Director of Quality and Compliance, Flory B

To savor more moments-- to be more mindful and appreciate the present. Nancy Osborn, Ph.D., Psychologist, Flory A

Worry less about what other people think and focus on what you love and what matters to you! Rachel Jaggard, South, Team Lead

When you are at your lowest points, those times are not going to last forever even though it feels like it at times.  Christin Trott, CPRC South, Team Leader

Know your worth & don't let anyone steal your joy!  Be patient with yourself and forgive others because one day you too will need to be forgiven.  Casondra Foster, Program Manager, CPRC South

A woman that currently inspires me:  
Michelle Obama.  She was the first African American first lady. She is intelligent, strong and confident.  She is a leader, advocate and a strong positive influence. "When they go low...we go high..."  Casondra Foster, Program Manager, CPRC South

Mary Edwards Walker. Mary Edwards Walker, commonly referred to as Dr. Mary Walker, was an American abolitionist, prohibitionist as it relates to domestic violence, prisoner of war and Civil War surgeon. She was the first and only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor.  She wore pants!  She decided that she would wear pants at a time that it was not gender appropriate for women to do so.  That was really cool!  Rachel Jaggard, South, Team Lead

Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  The notorious RBG.   Ruth is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. I am inspired by the way that she fights for equality, justice and representation for all.  She is awesome. Rachel Jaggard, South, Team Lead

I have been digging this visual artist that also makes music.  Her name is Emma Ruth Rundle. Her music is folky, hard and awesome. Christin Trott, CPRC South, Team Leader

A woman from the past who inspires me is: 

Oprah, she overcame so much.  She did not let her trauma, or other negative influences determine her greatness. It was a constant battle for her but she continued to push. Casondra Foster, Program Manager, CPRC South

Silvia Plath.  I like that she was so eloquently to describe what it feels like to be depressed.  Sheis someone we can look at to feel understood when are are at our lowest point.  Her life anddeath inspire us to be better or to feel understood. Christin Trott, CPRC South, Team Leader

This women's history month, I want to shine a light on:
Our responsibilities as women within our families, our churches, our workplace.  We need to be mindful of how we treat each other, support each other and how the world views us.  Be positive...Work hard...Help others.  Don't do the bare minimum or just enough to get by.  Don't be the negative person that only sees the impossible and complains about everything.  Be positive, someone that is seen as an encourager or an instrument of change.  Strive to be honest and fair and to do what is right....even when there is nobody looking.  Do the right thing.  If we start with ourselves, maybe we can be more effective at impacting others and our community.  Casondra Foster, Program Manager, CPRC South

Women do not need to ask permission to be who they are!  Just be you and stop doing what others are doing and thinking. Christin Trott, CPRC South, Team Leader

Youth are moving forward!  The hope that I have that they will accomplish so much more than generations that have come before them.  Our youth are fired up.  I feel so supportive of young women in this country! Rachel Jaggard, South, Team Lead

I can set an example for young women by:  
Modeling, to the best of my ability how to portray a positive light and help others. Casondra Foster, Program Manager, CPRC South

Being unashamed to express myself authentically. Christin Trott, CPRC South, Team Leader

Calling out misogyny, inappropriate behavior.  Not laughing it off, just calling it out in the moment. Rachel Jaggard, South, Team Lead

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