Speak UP!

“Why is it birds have no trouble vocalizing their needs while so many of us remain silent, waiting for someone with authority and power to lead? It’s time for each one of us to pick up our lives and become our own leaders.

– Susan J. Preston 

“Why should we be silent? Why don’t we speak up for our rights? Why don’t we tell the world what is happening?”

– Malala Yousafzai

“One of the simplest paths to deep change is for the less powerful to speak as much as they listen, and for the more powerful to listen as much as they speak.”

– Gloria Steinem

“When you speak up about any sense of unfairness or injustice, you’re told that you’re overreacting, you’re too angry, too silly-shut up already. It takes a tremendous amount of fortitude to be able to live in this world as a woman, let alone a woman who wants things to change.”

– Kathleen Hanna

“We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you.”

– Greta Thunberg

“When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage.”

– Kelly McGonigal

“Many of us think compassion drains us, but I promise you it is something that truly enlivens us.”

– Roshi Joan Halifax

“Women speaking up for themselves and for those around them is the strongest force we have to change the world.”

– Melinda Gates

Photo Credits:  Sandhill Crane Discussion by Susan J. Preston, Bosque del Apache, NM © 2019, all rights reserved
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