International Women’s Day: LifeWire’s Icons

Today, we celebrate women.

The thousands of women who have the courage to come to us each year in the hopes of building safer and more fulfilling lives for themselves and their children.

The women who, 35 years ago, allied together with local leaders to fight against injustice and start the organization we now know as LifeWire.

We come together today – on International Women’s Day – to celebrate the women who have shaped our lives and whose paths to greatness have guided our own.

In honor of International Women’s Day, LifeWire staff members were asked to nominate our own personal icons – women leaders who inspire and motivate us with their words and their stories.

Here are the four who rose to the top.

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Celebrating V-Day

There are 10 women who live at My Friend’s Place – LifeWire’s transitional housing shelter.

All 10 women are mothers. All are survivors of domestic violence.

Last week, the women gathered together in their communal living room with a LifeWire advocate for support group.

The back wall of the room had a piece of paper taped to it with nine words written across the top:

My Personal Bill of Rights in a Healthy Relationship.

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We Have Dreams: What MLK Day Means to Us

I have a dream. That my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Last week, 11-year-old Brian was asked to bring this famous quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to life. He started by drawing a large circle, colored in blotches of green and blue to represent our earth. Slowly, he started adding stick figures around the globe. Some were black, some were white, some were brown. All of them were standing arm in arm in unity.

Brian’s picture is in a scrapbook, along with other hand-drawn images from children who attend LifeWire’s weekly support group. The images were drawn as part of a “We Have Dreams” project – each one meant to breathe life into the dynamic words of Dr. King’s famous speech, delivered on August 28, 1963.

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Preventing the next Josh Brown

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In the final weeks of October’s Domestic Violence Action Month, we watched as yet another domestic violence allegation come to light against a professional sports player.

Josh Brown, kicker for the New York Giants, admitted to emotionally, physically, mentally and verbally abusing his now ex-wife, Molly Brown, through the release of journals and documents. In addition, he admitted to exhibiting abusive behavior toward women from the age of 7 after having been sexually abused as a child.

The story of Molly and Josh Brown is unique, but sadly, not uncommon.

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