What Women Have Helped You Become Who You Are Today?

March is National Women’s History Month, so we asked readers on our “Do Tell” newsletter subscribers to tell us what ladies have inspired them, helping them become who they are today. What women have influence your life? Share your story in the comments.

“Anais Nin and Colette, both writers. These two never apologized for being both intelligent and sexual beings.”– Pam, Sturbridge, MA

Julia Child, who chose to enter the culinary arts when it was a place reserved for men during a time when women were supposed to stay home and be homemakers.”– Amy, Bryson City, NC

“I am most inspired by Helen Keller, who overcame many challenges and continues to inspire countless people to reach their goals despite the hurdles they may face along the way.”– Kimberly, Valparaiso, IN

Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin both top my list. Putting aside any political preferences, they both got out there and put themselves in positions where women aren’t the norm.”– Jen, Highlands Ranch, CO

“The most inspiring woman in history has got to be Whitney Houston. That woman has gone through so much, and yet, after all of that, she has still picked herself up and keeps pushing forward.”– Gina, Omaha, NE

Oprah Winfrey. She has not only learned how to speak to millions, but also, because of her charity work and good deeds, countless lives have been touched.”– Anna, Syracuse, NY

“Rosa Parks stood up for women and an entire race. She taught many people to do what they feel is right, regardless of what others may do or say.”– Christine, Sugar Land, TX

“CNN’s Christiane Amanpour inspired me to move halfway across the world to southeast Asia and immerse myself into a new culture after being laid off from my job in New York City. I saw her speak at a Marist College event in NYC and her advice was to travel the world and constantly push yourself. If it wasn’t for that advice, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”– Christine, Belmar, NJ

“Dr. Jane Goodall has always inspired me because of her integral work with chimpanzees in Africa starting nearly 5 decades ago.  Jane was not the first woman but the first person to discover that chimpanzees are able to fashion and use ‘tools’ in their daily lives. Jane’s research has shown us that animals, just like humans, have feelings and emotions and can feel emotional pain, hurt, happiness and joy.”– Brandi, St. Louis, MO

“Just one? Can’t be done. My choices: Flannery O’Connor, Shirley Jackson, Rosa Parks, Mary Magdalene, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Virginia Woolf, Josephine Baker and Rose Morgan. Each one lived the way she wanted and left her mark on the world in individuality and strength.”– Lisa, Houston, TX