For International Women’s Day: We Honour Her

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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!

By Idelette McVicker | Twitter: @idelette
And Sarah Richardson | Twitter: @sarsrichardson

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 Daywe 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).”

2. Share a photo of an inspiring woman on our Facebook page or tweet us with the hashtag #shelovesiwd.

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!

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Image credit: Sars Richardson and Katie Richardson

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Idelette McVicker
I like soggy cereal and I would like to go to every spot on the map of the earth to meet our world’s women. I dream of a world where no women or girls are for sale. I dream of a world where women and men are partners in doing the work that brings down a new Heaven on earth. My word last year was “roar” and I learned it’s not about my voice rising as much as it is about our collective voices rising in unison to bring down walls of injustice. This year, my own word is “soar.” I have three children and this place–right here, called shelovesmagazine.com–is my fourth baby. I am African, although my skin colour doesn’t tell you that story. I am also a little bit Chinese, because my heart lives there amongst the tall skyscrapers of Taipei and the mountains of Chiufen. Give me sweet chai and I think I’m in heaven. I live in Vancouver, Canada and I pledged my heart to Scott 11 years ago. I believe in kindness and calling out the song in each other’s hearts. I also believe that Love covers–my gaps, my mistakes and the distances between us. I blog at idelette.com and tweet @idelette.
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