"May the dreams of your past be the reality of your future"
In 2009 See Jane Do connected with everyday women who are fulfilling their dreams to create a better future for the planet and generations to come. Despite a year of transition and change the women we met are consistent with their message; to persevere, to have hope, to connect with others, and to follow your passion.
With over one hundred women we interviewed this year, we've shared our top twelve stories of everyday women who are doing extraordinary things for the planet and the lessons we learned from each of them. We look forward to more stories and inspired action in 2010!
1. Millions of people can come together peacefully to create change.
Extraordinary Jane's: Woman's National Democratic Club, Multi-Racial book club, Rachel Barge of Campus in Power, Emma's Revolution, plus interviews with teachers, mothers, musicians, veterans, teen agers, soldiers, students, business owners, activists, and other concerned Americans.
2. Renewing our relationship with food can also renew our community.
3. Sharing our stories can link generations and inspire a movement.
See Jane Do participated in Gather the Women's International Women's Day event.
4. When you operate through your heart and passion, positive change is possible and others will join you.
5. I will not raise my child to kill another mother's child.
Extraordinary Jane's: Medea Benjamin, Colonel Ann Wright, Iraq War Veteran and mother, Lindsey Cambpell, Women for Women Director in Afghanistan, Sweeta Nori, mother of Iraq Soldier, Cynthia Benjamin, Jodie Evans, actress and activist, Mimi Kennedy and many other incredible women.
6. Our planet, our life, our health, our children are worth more than gold and coal.
7. You're one click away from changing policy, sharing your story and connecting with community.
8. The traditions of the past will support us in the future.
9. We need to challenge assumptions that just because something has been done for many years (traditional school lunches), doesn't make it right. One person has the power to create an impact (and kids love brown rice).
10. With our purchase power we can change the world.
11. I want you to run for office! Women might make up half the work force and half the population but we still don't have balanced leadership in the United States.
The United States is a long way from balanced leadership but we're half way to reaching the tipping point (30% representation is needed). Numerous organizations have formed to train women to take the lead and run.
Extraordinary Jane's: Marie Wilson, president and founder of The White House Project, Kristine Pagan, White House Project alumni and aspiring candidate, Mayor Reinette Senum, and Gloria Feldt, author, activist, and former CEO of Planned Parenthood.
12. In order to have a healthy planet we must have healthy people.
Extraordinary Jane's: Kim Robinson and Eileen Schnitger of Women's Health Specialists