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340. Be Inspired by Great Women in History

365 Barrington Celebrates Women's History

340. Be Inspired by Great Women in History

I received an email from my high school this week, an all-girls, Catholic school in Wilmette named Regina Dominican. It was a reminder that March is Women’s History Month and it inspired me to write today’s post with a quick look at some great women, past and present, who have set examples and helped pave the way for future generations.

To mark Women’s History Month here at 365 Barrington, I took a minute to assemble some of my favorite quotes from history-makers who are living today and remarkable women who have come before us.

Katharine Hepburn – American Actress
(May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003)

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, First Woman to Win Back-to-back Gold Medals in the Summer Olympics
(Born March 3, 1962)

“It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.”

Amelia Earhart –  First Woman to Fly Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean
(Born July 24, 1897; missing July 2, 1937; declared legally dead January 5, 1939)

“The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune.”

Ella Fitzgerald – American jazz singer
(April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996)

“Just don’t give up on trying to do what you really want to do.  Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

Mother Theresa of Calcutta – Catholic Nun & Missionary Founder
(August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997)

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”

Maya Angelou, American poet
(Born April 4, 1928)

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Eleanor Roosevelt – First Lady Married to 32nd US President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt
(October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962)

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”

Martha Washington – First Lady Married to First US President, George Washington
(June 2, 1731 – May 22, 1802)

“I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.”

Rosa Parks – Civil Rights Activist
(February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005)

“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”

Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of “The Color Purple”
(Born February 9, 1944)

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

Emily Post – American Author on Etiquette
(October 27, 1872 – September 25, 1960)

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”

Oprah Winfrey, American Television Host, Actress, Producer, and Philanthropist
(Born January 29, 1954)

“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret.  Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”

Is there anyone you would like to add to this list?  Whether it’s a woman who was a leader from the past or someone who is setting powerful examples today, we’d love your input.  Are there any women here in Barrington whom you think deserve appreciation for their roles at work, at home or in our community?  To recognize a special woman who has made or is making in impact, please let us know in the form below.  If you’d like to share, we’ll revisit the subject later this month, right here at

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