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Yesterday was International Women’s Day. From the stream of posts and stories on traditional and social media, it seems to be the one day of the year where women and women’s issues are palatable, laudable even. That is both comical and deeply saddening. So, I decided to dedicate this post to the women (famous and not so famous) and women’s organizations where I draw inspiration, information, and intellectualism every day, not just on International Women’s Day ;-). I end this post with a few books that every woman, particularly every woman of faith, should read. Enjoy!

Women Working for Global Women’s Voices, Issues, and Rights

Gbowee and Sirleaf Leymah Gbowee, Peace Activist, Liberia

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Liberia

Joyce Banda, President, Malawi

Melanne Verveer, Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues

Valerie Jarrett, Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls

Tina Tchen, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls

Mercy Amba Oduyoye, Founder of the Circle for Concerned African Women Theologians

Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, Queen, Heshemite Kingdom of Jordan

Organizations Committed to Women’s Wellness, Justice, and Welfare

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Black Girls Run

Vital Voices

Nobel Women’s Initiative

My Sister’s Keeper

Jewish Women International

Women in Ministry, Inc.

WomanPreach!, Inc.

Black Women’s Roundtable, National Coalition of Black Civic Participation

Twitter Voices for Encouragement, Empowerment, and Enhancement

Tania Boughton @eatlightright

Erika Nicole Kendall @bgg2wl

Sophia A. Nelson @IAMSophiaNelson

Thema Bryant-Davis @drthema

Julianne Malveaux @drjlastword

Nyasha Junior @NyashaJunior

Soledad O’Brien @Soledad_Obrien

Danielle Ellis @QueenofShima

Recommended Reading:

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The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, Sue Monk Kidd

Stories from Inner Space: Confessions of a Preacher Woman and Other Tales, Claudette A. Copeland

Turn the Pulpit Loose: Two Centuries of American Women Evangelists, Priscilla Pope Levinson

God’s Troublemakers: How Women of Faith are Changing the World, Katharine Rhodes Henderson

Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel, Wilda Gafney

These lists are by no means exhaustive but the post could only be so long! Have you been blessed by any of these women or their efforst? Chime in! Feel free to add in the comments section the names of any women, women’s organizations, tweeting sisters, or books that inspire and inform you.