Strong Women

I was recently reminded, as I regularly am, about how awesome the women I get the opportunity to interact with are in the Tri-Cities (the men are, too, but this post isn’t about them). I recently attended my first doctype! society meeting. The topic was diversity, in all of its forms, within the tech industry. I feel most diverse by being a married woman who is 30 who, by choice, does not have children (much to my parents’ chagrin).

I sat there thinking how much I admire and respect the women who have children, work, learn new things, and still make time to participate in the community. I feel like I can’t get the things I need/want to get done in the week finished, and I don’t have any responsibilities for another human life.

To the superwomen in the Tri-Cities, who love all and serve all while also raising human beings: much respect. I couldn’t do what you do. You guys amaze me, you are so strong. I’m so glad to have the opportunity to know you.

And now, thoughts from people who say it better, to all awesome Tri-Citizens:

“A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.” – Nancy Rathburn

“The best protection any woman can have … is courage.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

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Becca Lingley

Hi, I’m Becca. I am a huge fan of doing things that make the world a better place. Generally that’s through helping one person at a time but I also like helping nonprofits and ideas be successful. I enjoy working in education because personal and professional development is so fulfilling and helping others achieve that experience and develop their abilities is personally rewarding.I love buying local and being local, baking my own bread, supporting my community, reading resumes, living a healthy lifestyle, getting excited about and championing new ideas (coworking!). I love economic development, though I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with it. I’m an idealist and a believer, with a personal life goal of doing my part to make the world a better place.

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