#makeithappen: International Women’s Day 2015

#makeithappen: International Women’s Day 2015


Yesterday, countries throughout the world celebrated International Women’s Day to mark the economic, political, and social achievements of women.  It began in 1911 and now thousands of charities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate March 8th.  It is an opportunity to honor achievements and highlight the struggle for equality.

This year’s theme, “Make it Happen” is something I can definitely identify with.  When I look at those women who inspire me every day, they all have something in common—they have been the ones who have stepped forward and done something to better our world.

Harriett Ware, Children’s Friend founder, was one such woman who stepped forward.  A Massachusetts schoolteacher, Miss Ware traveled to Rhode Island to teach in 1834.  What she found shocked her.   Malnourished children, crowded living conditions, with some working long days in the local mills.

Harriett Ware made it happen.  She appealed to churches and local community members and within two years founded The Children’s Friends Society, a home for the young and most vulnerable with no other place to go.   Children’s Friend is here today thanks to that one woman who stepped forward and made it happen.

March is also Women’s History Month.  A new book, “Remarkable Women of Rhode Island” by Frank L. Gryzb and Russell J. DeSimone was recently highlighted by The Providence Journal.  Our founder, Harriett Ware, is among the women profiled.  You can read the full article by clicking here.

I encourage you to take a peek at ten women who have helped shape Rhode Island by making it happen.  Harriett Ware is included in this list and we couldn’t be prouder.  She inspires us to do the best for our families even 181 years later.  I hope you’ll be equally inspired by these remarkable women.