Women Who Have Changed the World

As I sat down to write this post, I kept glancing at a poster I’ve had in my office for years. It’s called “Women Who Have Changed the World.” It lists women’s names at the bottom — some you may have never heard of! Of course, Amelia Earhart and Harriet Tubman made the list, but Kreeta Haapasalo did, too. And that’s what I love about it. You can’t discount every single woman who has made contributions to the world during her time in history. 

I love how these women made their own unique impact in their area of specialization or their own unique mission. These women have been commemorated on stamps for their work.

I had the poster professionally framed, and every time I sit at my desk, it’s a reminder to me that we have come so far and we still have so far to go. Needless to say, it serves as my constant inspiration. 

At the bottom of the poster it says: “Profits from this poster will benefit women through training and development opportunities.” That’s exactly what Purse Strings does, and on International Women’s Day, our mission becomes even more clear.

What is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day (IWD), a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, dedicates itself to shouting the words “gender parity” from the rooftops. 

International Women’s Day has occurred for well over a century with the first gathering held in 1911. Learn more about the day’s timeline if you have questions about how IWD came about.

One of the neatest things about IWD: No government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub can claim credit or ownership of International Women’s Day. It belongs to everyone. 

That’s why you should do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women in a way that makes sense for you!

What Can You Do for Yourself and Other Women on International Women’s Day?

That’s a great question, and it’s one I’ve always thought of carefully every year. I definitely send my partner at Purse Strings, Maggie, a giant bottle of champagne and we talk about how we can do more to celebrate women’s achievements every year. 

However some ideas come to mind of things that you can do yourself: 

  • Raise awareness about women’s equality through social media, through your company, through whatever means you have a platform!
  • Lobby for accelerated gender parity. Don’t forget that your elected officials deserve to hear your stance!
  • Fundraise for female-focused charities. You can do this at any time, not just in March!

We bet if you put your thinking cap on, you can come up with some other ways to honor the women you work with, the warriors in your family and your best friends. Challenge yourself to take it up a notch, though. How can you take this to a next-level platform?

The purpose of the International Women’s Day website is to support the supporters, and in doing so it provides a platform to help forge positive change for women. 

So, back to my poster. Take a look at some of the women listed. I did some digging into their bios, just so you could feel in awe and as inspired as I do every time I look at my wall. 

Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt was a humanist thinker who changed our political and ethical world. Inspired by philosophy, she warned against the political dangers of philosophy and defended the importance of the public sphere.

Her many books and articles continue to have a lasting influence on political theory and philosophy. Arendt is widely considered one of the most important political thinkers of the last century.

Bonnie Blair 

Bonnie Blair is an American speed skater who was one of the leading competitors in the sport. She dominated the sprint events at three Olympic Games (1988, 1992 and 1994), winning five gold medals and one bronze. After retiring from competitive speed-skating, Blair became a motivational speaker and founded the Bonnie Blair Charitable Fund. 

In 2004, Blair was elected to the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. At that point, she was the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian of all time. 

Emily Bissell 

Emily was a lifelong activist and social worker, best known for her groundbreaking work in fundraising for tuberculosis (TB). TB was the leading cause of death in the U.S. at the turn of the century. 

Bissell and a team of volunteers designed the holiday stamp and raised money by collecting a high volume of small donations. They successfully raised $3,000 for the fight against TB in the first year alone. By 1916, Christmas Seals had raised more than $1 million, all through donations of $1 or less.

The disease switched to No. 7 leading cause of death in North America and Europe instead of No. 1 due in part to her efforts.

Juliette Gordon Low 

In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts of the USA, an organization that serves millions of girls and alumni today.

Low, a believer in girls’ potential and the importance of fostering their individual growth and self-sufficiency, established a global movement that changed girls’ and women’s lives all over the world.

Put a Focus on Financial Health

I believe these women have advanced all of our lives. They may be women we know, or some we are not familiar with, but they have made an impact on the lives of many. 

We must all come together to put a focus on women’s financial health to honor all that women have been and can become. Women still only earn an average of 80 percent of men’s salary. Women still say they don’t have enough money for health care and other costs (women typically spend five to seven years aging alone). 

Due to these reasons and more, I believe we have more work to do.

How We Can Help You at Purse Strings

We all have our own special and unique gifts — different from one another — but nonetheless each one is special. When we attend to these gifts in alignment with our mission, then we can make a ripping affect that impacts many.

Women need financial professionals who can help them plan for a wonderful financial future.

I created Purse Strings to help women become financially fearless by learning what they need to know to make the right financial decisions for themselves and their families. I also want to partner women with the right financial provider who can deliver the right products and the unique services women want.

The Purse Strings model demonstrates how we provide tools and resources for women, online and at their fingertips 24/7. 

We have seen a huge void in the lives of women through training and development. As we provide excellent financial professionals who know how to serve the female market, we can all make great strides for women and create our own ripple.

— Barb Provost, March 10, 2021

We will provide you useful and timely information you can use to be #financiallyfearless