On the heels of Black History Month, we’re kicking off Women’s History Month by highlighting diverse women on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019! Undoubtedly, we’re honored to showcase some of the most influential women leading the charge across arts and entertainment, technology, and grassroots activism, among other spaces. These phenomenal women are mothers, sisters, daughters, and nieces primed to cultivate a long-awaited gender balance in areas once dominated by a male-centric narrative. Our Women’s History Month list of the top 10 women leaders and muses consists of women who have made history, as well as those who are currently making their cause known!
Ladies, in no particular order, here’s our Women’s History Month list of the Top 10 Women Leaders and Muses for your #GirlBoss, #BalanceForBetter, and #WomensEmpowerment inspiration:
1.Emma Watson, actress and activist
As one of the trailblazers for the HeForShe movement, Emma Watson continues to inspire women of all ages to stand for a cause greater than themselves. The HeForShe movement is a solidarity campaign, initiated by the United Nations, for the advancement of gender equality. Since its inception in 2014, the HeForShe movement has ignited 1.3 billion social media conversations, realized 1.7 million HeForShe commitments, and galvanized others across 1.1 thousand community events.
2. Malala Yousafzai, activist
This human rights activist is quoted as saying, “I tell my story not because it is unique, but because it is the story of many girls.” Through Malala Yousafzai’s resolute spirit and vision for girls’ education, she received a Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy efforts that resulted in her attempted assassination by the Taliban. Today, Malala Yousafzai continues to raise awareness regarding education rights for all girls.
3. Gertrude B. Elion, biochemist and pharmacologist
One of the most pioneering change agents in the realm of medicine is Gertrude B. Elion. In 1988, she won the Nobel Prize in physiology for her innovative efforts and research methods that aided her launch of a drug that would later lead to the development of the AIDS drug AZT. Today, countless individuals are able to live relatively healthy, long lives as a result of Getrude’s research.
4. Patsy Mink, lawyer and politician
For those of you who are interested in exploring a career in law and/or politics, Patsy Mink should serve as a source of inspiration during Women’s History Month. Patsy Mink is one of the first non-white women and the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress. Throughout her congressional career, she advocated for women’s issues, chiefly equal rights. Patsy Mink’s most significant win was the Women’s Educational Equity Act, which provided $30 million annually in educational funds for programs to promote gender equity in schools.
5. The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, human rights organization
Under the leadership of Estela Barnes de Carlotto, an Argentine human rights activist, The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo is uniting global communities for a greater cause. This human rights organization was developed with the goal of finding and reuniting stolen and illegally adopted children during the Argentine dictatorship. To explore more about this human rights organization during Women’s History Month, visit Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo.
6. Winnie Mandela, activist
Although Nelson Mandela was revered globally as a revolutionary and political leader, among other roles, one of the most influential women in his life was none other than Winnie Mandela. As a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician and ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, Winnie was affectionately known as the “Mother of the Nation.” Although she was imprisoned on various occasions, her perseverance inspired women to cultivate an unwavering spirit of determination that has influenced today’s women’s rights initiatives.
7. Brittany Barnett, attorney and criminal justice reform advocate
Founder of Buried Alive as well as Girls Embracing Mothers, Brittany Barnett is charting a path for women to follow in 2019 (and beyond). Brittany Barnett is the daughter of a formerly incarcerated mother. To this end, she leverages her personal experience with criminal justice to address mass incarceration for women. Her life-changing work has achieved executive clemency for seven of her clients under former President Barack Obama.
8. Nelba Marquez-Greene, activist
When a mother’s worst nightmare unfolds, as it did for this mother of a Sandy Hook Elementary School student, significant shifts in social justice ensue. Nelba Marquez-Greene started The Ana Grace Project, an organization to address social isolation and social justice in schools due to gun violence, after her 6-year old daughter was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.
9. Reshma Saujani, CEO, activist, and attorney
As the founder of Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization aiming to support and increase the number of women in computer science, Reshma Saujani’s efforts have reached almost 90,000 girls of varying races and ethnicities across all 50 states. Currently, Girls Who Code is on track to realize gender parity in computer science by 2027. To explore more about Reshma and her organization during Women’s History Month, visit Girls Who Code.
10. Theresa Malkiel, activist
Concluding our list of top influential women leaders and muses is the creator of International Women’s Day, Theresa Malkiel. As an activist, Theresa worked to raise awareness for women’s rights, particularly with regards to labor rights. Ironically, she penned Diary of a Shirtwaist Maker only a year prior to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911, which was the deadliest industrial disaster in New York City’s history. [
We hope that you have found our Women’s History Month list of the top 10 influential women leaders and muses empowering, as you celebrate International Women’s Day and the remainder of this celebratory month!
And, for those of you ambitious women who are primed to elevate your wheelhouse and influence, the Woman Thou Art Loosed (WTAL) Conference is returning to the great city of Atlanta for WTAL Vision 2020! So, get ready to gather your girlfriends and join us in September 2020 for this highly anticipated women’s conference in Atlanta, Georgia! Sis, what are you waiting for? Explore WTAL Vision 2020, today!
Now that the confetti and party favors are nestled in the holiday storage box, it’s time to reflect on the year that was, and muse on the endless possibilities for the year that is 2019!
Every year, countless individuals aspire to commence the new year with grandiose goals that fail to nurture their souls. If you want to realize your best year yet, you’ll need to assess those unappealing behaviors and malignant relationships that have kept you bound to years past.
With that said, here’s our list of the Top 5 Things to Let Go in the New Year (in no particular order):
Whether you’re 27 years old or 57 years old, you’ve probably encountered someone who was less than considerate toward you. Perhaps a close friend tried to engage you with banter that triggered a somber memory. Or, maybe your spouse failed to remember your anniversary. Whatever the offense, it’s neither here nor there. When we hold grudges toward those who’ve intentionally or unintentionally hurt us, we allow the offense to flourish, keeping us tied to the past. As we recalibrate our mindset for the new year, it’s time to let go of all grudges that we’ve held from 2018 (and previous years). So, pick up the phone and schedule a coffee date with the person who has offended you. In doing so, you’re not only releasing negative energy from that person, you’re also releasing it from yourself so that you can walk in God’s light. If calling and/or meeting with the person isn’t feasible, you can still forgive that person (and yourself) during your prayer time.
How does it make you feel to witness your sibling receiving more attention than you? Are you genuinely happy for your best friend’s engagement? And, what about your close friend’s six-figure business deal? If you feel anything other than positive emotions toward your sibling or friends, you may be experiencing jealousy and/or envy instead. Additionally, do you know the difference between jealousy and envy? Jealousy occurs when something we already possess is threatened by a third person. Envy is a reaction to lacking something that someone else possesses. A feeling of jealousy and/or envy can arise when we compare ourselves to others, or desire to possess what others have. While these feelings are natural, it behooves us not to entertain them for extended durations. Otherwise, we subsequently become bitter toward others. Remember that God’s plan is to prosper us, not to harm us (Jeremiah 29:11). And, someone else’s blessing does not negate yours! Stay focused on the wonderful qualities that you have to offer and how you can leverage those gifts to realize the greatest impact in your own life, as well as the lives of others. Will you commit to these things to let go in the new year? May 2019 be the year that you release jealousy and envy from your spirit so that you can experience genuine joy and happiness when God blesses someone else.
Easier said than done, perfectionism is a trait that we must let go in the new year. This characteristic is often cultivated during childhood. To this end, the young child who has to maintain straight A’s in every subject, score goals at every soccer game, and appear perfectly well-dressed at every event will enter adulthood with the same penchant for perfection. For those who struggle with perfectionism, life can feel like an endless theatrical performance, and you’re the star! While it’s praised to showcase your best offerings in all that you do, discerning when to not be hypercritical of yourself will help to alleviate unnecessary stressors in your life. In an effort to overcome perfectionism, you must disrupt the “all-or-nothing” mindset. Oftentimes, perfectionists entertain this unrealistic dichotomy of “black-or-white” thinking that fails to accommodate other possibilities. For example, if you haven’t launched your website because you cannot find the perfect blue background, business opportunities may continue to overlook you, for lack of having a website. Things to let go in the new year include perfectionism (and an absolute, “black-or-white” mindset). Afford yourself opportunities to be imperfect and forgo lamenting on unrealistic goals, while still loving the person within.
Interestingly, procrastination and perfectionism pair well together. If you’ve ever delayed starting a project, the underlying reason probably stems from perfectionism. Since most perfectionists have a chronic fear of failing at everything, they don’t start anything until the last minute. One can only imagine how this perpetual cycle of procrastination exacerbates anxiety so that projects are never completed properly. Are you ready to finally rid yourself of procrastination? To overcome irresoluteness, you’ll need to divide your project into micro projects so said project doesn’t seem as overwhelming. Once you’ve completed one portion of the project, praise your accomplishment with positive self-talk. Then, proceed to the next portion of the project until the entire project is complete. Additionally, allow yourself to make mistakes along the way so that your best work can rise to the top. In other words, sometimes it takes five iterations before the final masterpiece is crafted. In 2019, make this the year that you retire the phrase: “I’ll stop procrastinating tomorrow.”
Are you currently in a relationship that leaves you feeling mentally, spiritually, and emotionally drained after every encounter? Do your friends exhibit continuous disrespect toward you and your boundaries? If you answered yes to these questions, you’re probably in a toxic relationship. While feeling drained and disrespected are just a few of the signs that you’re in a less than desirable relationship, the Holy Spirit has probably revealed other signs to you as well. Of course, no relationship is designed to be perfect. However, it behooves you to know the signs of a toxic relationship and devise a plan to remove toxic people from your life in 2019. Ending a relationship is never without complications. But, if your mental, spiritual, and emotional health is compromised due to a toxic relationship, you must practice self-love and say goodbye to that relationship! It’s time that you assess your friendship circle. In this new year, surround yourself with people who support you and leave you feeling energized and loved.
To succeed you must overcome grudges, jealousy/envy, perfectionism, procrastination, and toxic relationships. These are the things that hinder you from fulfilling God’s promise. So, here’s to getting out of your way and opening your heart to everything He wants to do for you in 2019!
It’s that time of year again. The streets are illuminated with beautiful holiday lights. The aroma of pumpkin lattes and gingerbread cookies fills the air. And the mellifluous sounds of Boyz II Men’s “Let it Snow” is in heavy rotation across the nation’s department stores.
If you’re like most women, you might find it challenging to shop for your significant other. Well, this holiday season we’ve prepared our top 10 Christmas gifts list to help alleviate some of your holiday shopping pangs.
So without further ado, here’s our Top 10 Christmas Gifts List (significant other approved):
1. Bevel Shave System
For men, finding the right shave kit that won’t irritate their skin can be daunting to say the least. If you’re ready to help your man discover a shave system designed with his delicate skin in mind, add the Bevel Shave System to his Christmas gift list. The kit includes a safety razor, brush, priming oil, shave cream, restoring balm, and 60 blades. Dermatologist approved, this is the perfect holiday kit to help your man achieve the cleanest, smoothest shave (ever).
2. Motivational Books
Whether your man has aspirations of becoming an entrepreneur, doctor, or pilot, he longs for you to stand in his corner, encouraging him along the journey. To keep him motivated so that he can realize his goals, help him feed his mind with affirming, positive books (and audiobooks) by influential men, including Bishop T.D. Jakes. So, be sure to add these best-selling books by Bishop T.D. Jakes under the Christmas tree:
• Soar!: Build Your Vision from the Ground Up
• Destiny: Step into Your Purpose
• Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive
After reading these motivational books, your significant other will be well on his way to achieving his dreams.
3. A Seat at the International Pastors & Leadership Conference
Set your man up for success when you register him for one of the most highly anticipated leadership conferences in the nation. The International Pastors and Leadership (IP&L) Conference is where thousands of entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and leaders unite from April 25-27, 2019, in Tampa Bay, Florida. Register your other half for this upcoming leadership conference when you visit www.pastorsandleaders.org.
4. Hybrid Backpack Briefcase
One of the latest trends in men’s accessories is the hybrid backpack briefcase, which is exactly what it sounds like. This (genius) design allows men to wear the bag as a traditional backpack or hold the handles like a traditional briefcase. Whether he’s leaving the boardroom or the classroom, he’ll be stylish, organized, and comfortable with this on-trend hybrid backpack briefcase.
5. Smart Tech Gift Set
Help your man stay organized (and fit) with a customized gift set, including the latest smart technology devices. The iPad is compact and perfect for carrying around for meetings, business trips, or anytime he’s on the move. Next, the Fitbit will help to keep your man accountable for his fitness goals, with its smart activity, exercise, sleep, and weight tracking technology, and more.
6. Golf Set
Speaking of fitness, more and more men are discovering the health benefits – and peace of mind – that a great round of golf can offer. In a new study, Roger Hawkes, the former chief medical officer of the European Tour and one of the authors of this new study advised, “Mental health is a big thing in this day and age, and moderate physical activity is associated with a reduction in anxiety and a reduction in depression.” So, consider adding a golf set to your man’s Christmas gift list.
For the man longing for peace and quiet from everyday stressors, a set of noise canceling headphones is sure to be music to his ears. Regardless of your man’s personality and preferences, know that there’s a perfect pair of headphones with your man’s name on it.
8. Faith & Family Caribbean Cruise
Imagine setting sail on the serene turquoise Caribbean sea, with Bishop T.D. Jakes and First Lady Serita Jakes. Whether you two are in need of marriage rejuvenation or a relaxing self-care retreat, the Faith & Family Caribbean Cruise is your destination from November 9-16, 2019. Gift this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to your significant other when you visit www.inspirationcruises.com. In this way, you get the added benefit of being his plus-one (wink, wink).
Ready to explore new ways to take your relationship out of the box, from unimaginative to exciting? If so, gift your man a Datebox, a customized date night subscription kit designed for you and yours. Each month he’ll receive a kit that includes all the ingredients needed to cook up the ideal date night based on personality, preferences, and so much more. Let Datebox take the guesswork out of date night when you add this unique Christmas gift to your shopping list.
10. Bishop’s Village Subscription
Give your significant other the gift that keeps on giving with a Bishop’s Village subscription. This is the perfect (virtual) stocking stuffer for the man who’s ready to hone his personal and professional development in 2019. Access exclusive Q&A sessions with Bishop T.D. Jakes, enjoy select conferences, and so much more via smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other smart device – anytime, anywhere. He’ll appreciate you thinking of his personal and professional development. Teamwork makes the dream work!
Ladies, we hope that you found some inspiring gift ideas from our top 10 Christmas gifts list. And while you’re out Christmas shopping for your boo, remember to spread some holiday cheer around those less fortunate within your community, including homeless individuals as well as widows. We celebrate Christmas and give gifts to others in remembrance of Jesus Christ, the greatest gift of all! On behalf of the WTAL Master Class Community, we wish you and yours a blessed holiday season!
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