Join us in honouring the woman in your life who has inspired you or shaped you into who you are today. We’d love to hear!
Celebrating International Women’s Day has literally changed my story. It was the day I met Dorothea in Taiwan. I was in my 20s and a royal global mess. I drove my purple scooter around Taipei, wore red lipstick and went home at night to a small apartment my South African boyfriend and I shared with two other couples. It was in that apartment with the ugly wall of mirrors that I ate my first slice of Pizza Hut pizza. It was greasy and had corn on it and I didn’t really “get” American pizza then.
There was a lot about the goodness of life I didn’t get then.
Then Dorothea invited me to sit at her table on International Women’s Day. I was on assignment with my newspaper, The China Post and madly scribbled notes in my reporter’s notebook. We drank coffee and later in the day she invited me to the inaugural meeting of the Women’s Power Breakfast. From then on, every Wednesday at 7am the Women’s Power Breakfast gathered around white table cloths on Tun Hua North Road.
I’d never seen a Jesus so interested in women being fully alive and empowered. I really liked this Jesus and, in a matter of months, I fell in love with Him and I wanted to be just like these women. I started going to church, broke up with the boyfriend and embarked on a completely new life.
The woman I am today is very different from the girl who showed up at the American Club in China on International Women’s Day in 1996. I thank God for Dorothea and the influence she’s been on my life to mobilize and empower me. As part of International Women’s Day this year, I want to honour her with these words:
I honour Dorothea Rae as my inspiration because she saw me with future eyes when I was floundering. She showed me a God with skin on–both strong AND feminine. She helped pull me into my destiny.
Today, to celebrate International Women’s Day, we invite you to honour a woman (or women) in your life who’s been part of empowering you, mobilizing you, seeing you. A few members of our SheLoves editorial team shared photos and statements about the inspiring women in our lives. Flip through the book below created by our always-amazing Sars Richardson or check out the PDF here. Then join us!
1. Tell us about the inspiring women in your life. You can use this sentence as your guide: “I honor __________ as my inspiration, because she (fill in the blank with one or two sentences about your person).”
Do you have even MORE to say about the inspirations in your life? Check out the synchroblog Sarah Bessey is hosting for International Women’s Day!