This Women’s HIstory Month, we celebrate the women who tell our stories - the authors, singers, writers, artists, advocates and more who highlight the victories, losses, big moments and small moments of women past and present. There are, thankfully, too many women who fall into this category to name them all and yet there are still not enough. So many stories remain untold. And that is why this month we ask you to celebrate the women who tell our stories by finding a way to tell your own and encouraging the women around you to do the same.
There is great power in telling your own story. In fact, storytelling is often used therapeutically to help individuals reclaim control over their history and their next steps as they reframe and gain new perspective. Those who have experienced foster care, for example, can use storytelling to recognize their own strengths and see how far they have come. It allows them a sense of autonomy after a childhood in which they so often feel powerless. At the R.J. Leonard Foundation, we have been privileged to hear some of those stories and experience how powerful they can be for the individual and those who listen.
This March, tell your story, and listen to others. Celebrate each other.