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An Ode To Women: Celebrating Women's History Month

Celebrating the remarkable women who inspire us and have influenced our team members in honor of Women's History Month.

As we celebrate Women's History Month at Pridelines, we pay homage to the remarkable women who have influenced and inspired our team members. Each of us has chosen a woman whose courage, resilience, and spirit have left a lasting impact on our lives. Let's shine a spotlight on these extraordinary women and the legacies they've created.

Pearl Richmond-Wright elected by Edward Summers, Executive Director

"In honoring Women's History Month, I pay tribute to my great grandmother, Pearl Richmond-Wright. Pearl was a true pioneer of her time, defying societal norms and embracing love across cultural boundaries. Despite facing rejection from her own family, Pearl fearlessly pursued her love for Franklin Wright, a black aristocrat, and raised a large, diverse family with boundless love and kinship. Her courage and tenacity have not only shaped our family but also taught us the importance of embracing diversity and advocating for love above all else."

Ericka Hart elected by Nicolle Nyariri, Special Events and Fundraising Manager

"Ericka Hart is a force to be reckoned with. A cancer-warrior, activist, and sexuality educator, Ericka's journey is as inspiring as it is transformative. Their fearless activism and unapologetic authenticity has paved the way for vital conversations about sexuality, race, and health. Diagnosed with breast cancer at 28, they courageously went topless in public, revealing a double mastectomy, confronting the lack of representation for queer black femmes in survivorship. Ericka's activism extends beyond breast cancer awareness, challenging patriarchy, anti-blackness, and systemic barriers to health equity. Ericka Hart is a true trailblazer, fearlessly leading the charge toward a more inclusive and equitable future. They are an icon of resilience and empowerment, and they inspire me to embrace my authenticity and fight for social justice."

Celia Cruz elected by Eddie Orozco, Health Services Facilitator

"After giving it some thought, I decided to include the iconic Celia Cruz, queen of Salsa. She broke barriers and became the first Afro Latina woman to be honored on a U.S. quarter. This is significant for someone who is considered a minority. Yes, my Queen!"

Janet Jackson elected by Chris Mitchell, Community & Youth Engagement Coordinator

"Janet Jackson is not just a legendary recording artist; she's a beacon of hope and empowerment. Her music uplifts, encourages, and fills my heart with so much joy. Her creativity and command on stage is nothing but extraordinary and inspiring. Janet has always been a symbol of hope and advocacy for the queer community, while showing her strength and power for women's rights. A true icon, the OG Diva, the IT Girl, Ms. Jackson if ya nasty!"

Barbara L. Ciglar elected by Vincent Becchinelli, Peer Navigator

"My great great aunt, Barbara L. Ciglar, epitomizes resilience and determination. Despite facing heartbreak and betrayal, Barbara transformed adversity into triumph. Through her astute investments and unwavering work ethic, she amassed a fortune from humble beginnings, proving that resilience and perseverance can overcome any obstacle. Barbara's story serves as a reminder that strength comes from within, and with resilience, anything is possible."

Elenor Roosevelt elected by Daniel Molloy, Director of Programs and Grants

"I’ve selected Eleanor Roosevelt - in-part because she's a hometown hero but also for her legendary fluidity and queerness, and of course her contributions to the international order and civil rights here in America. Eleanor's impact extends far beyond her role as First Lady; she was a trailblazer in human rights, and international diplomacy and her legacy of compassion and activism continues to inspire us today."

As we honor these extraordinary women and their legacies, we celebrate the invaluable role women play in shaping our world and inspiring future generations. Happy Women's History Month to all the women in the Pridelines community!

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