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March 8th, 2009- International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day; a day to remember and recognize all the wonderful women throughout history who have dared to dream and have had the courage to take action, changing the course of history forever. What would our lives be without Susan B. Anthony or Eleanor Roosevelt? Where would we be as a society without the lessons of selflessness and service of Mother Theresa?

So who is your favorite agent of change? Feel free to share…I’ll start:

Some of the women whose stories have inspired me include Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Mexican Painter Frida Kahlo, Underground Railroad champion Harriet Tubman, abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth (Isabella Baumfree), advocate for the poor Mother Theresa, women’s rights advocate Susan B. Anthony, Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, former Pakistani Prime Minister and first woman elected to lead a Muslim state Benazir Bhutto, entertainer Lucille Ball, Holocaust victim Anne Frank and many, many others. And of course, I have to include the most influential woman in my life: my mother Ana Celia.

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L P O'Neil

I like to think about all the women who gathered berries full of vitamins and crickets rich in protien to feed their bairns, our distant ancestors. Where would our intelligence, immunity and reflexes be today without those nurturers millions of years ago?

Joy Fulton

Thanks for the opportunity to comment. I have been fortunate enough to know many wonderful women who are trailblazers, namely in the IT/Internet/Social Media world.

*Aliza Sherman founder of Cybergrrl, Webgrrls and Femina.com. She founded the first full-service Internet company owned by a woman (1995, Cybergrrl, Inc. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliza_Sherman for her full bio).

*Shellie Holubek and
*Debbie Weil, co-founders of DC Web Women (formerly known as DC Webgrrls)

Shellie Houbek and Debbie Weil, both tech-savvy women living in Washington, DC, decided to co-found a DC chapter of DC Webgrrls in 1995. Now known as DC Web Women, this group, http://www.dcwebwomen.org which has never charged for membership, supports over 2,000 women in the greater Washington, DC area.

-Shellie Holubek now resides in Paris, France where she oversees her family and her consulting practice there.

-Debbie Weil has become a corporate social media consultant and trainer (specializing in blogging and Twitter) and a sought-after speaker based in Washington DC. Her clients include Global 100 and Fortune 500 companies. She is the author of the widely praised The Corporate Blogging Book published in the U.S. by Portfolio, and also in Italian, Mandarin Chinese and a UK edition. Since 2003 she has written BlogWriteForCEOs, a leading blog on social media marketing. She is also a Top Twitterer in Washington DC with over 3,800 Followers.

*Emma Antunes, one of the original members of DC Web Women, was interviewed by Chris Dorobek about social media at NASA. Listen online at http://ping.fm/0tNfH OR http://www.federalnewsradio.com/index.php?nid=18

*Jamilla White, an active member of DC Web Women, was recognized as belonging to the elite group, 50 of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Social Media

All of these women are so inspiring – some of the coolest women you’ve never heard of!