“After becoming a mother I felt I lost my identity – I struggled with feelings of failure, shame and insecurity. But getting through this has inspired me and lit me on fire and it’s why I started Babies on the Brain, to support new mothers and families. Now, I have a sense of unstoppability. I used to say to my baby daughter, ” I’m going to change the world” and then we would laugh together. But now, in the last few months, I say, “I’m going to change the world,” and I don’t laugh afterward. This vision that I have is much bigger than me.” – Jena Booher is the founder of Babies on the Brain.
“I was given the tribal name “Aqua” which means: Born on Wednesday. Wednesday was the first day I ever touched my foot down on Ghanian soil. I now have the responsibility of being a Queen Mother for a village in Ghana. A hand-carved stool was made for me to sit on during the ceremony and the community asked my forgiveness for the slave trade and its impact on African American history.” – Mary Mitchell is a volunteer with Voices of African Mothers and find out more about her work in Ghana at Moadewix.com.
“I ran for President in a mock trial at my high school. The opposition ran an attack ad about my high pitched voice. My feminine voice was somehow deemed not strong enough. There are things that are strong and powerful that are feminine – I don’t have to change or be more masculine to be strong. The sexism that I’ve encountered isn’t blatant, it is internalized.” – Juliet Halvorson-Taylor graduated high school this Spring and is taking a gap year to work as a field organizer for the Hillary Clinton campaign.