Get inspired. Be someone's inspiration. As a young woman and even as a little girl, who inspired you? For many of us, it was probably the woman who first held us, showed us love and shaped us into the women we are today. Our Mothers. For some, it might have been a relative. A grandmother who stepped in or aunt or even a sister helped to mold our early ideals about ourselves and about life. These women were our first role models.
Inspiration is defined as the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions of others. As women, do we still need inspiration? Should we look to our significant other, a relative, girlfriend or colleague? I don't believe you should ever stop looking for it.
I'm inspired and pleased with the progress that women have made in politics. A record number of women will serve in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives this year. Locally, the City of St. Louis elected its first female Treasurer, Tishaura Jones. This marks an increase in the number of women holding elected office in the City of St. Louis. The Offices of the Comptroller, Treasurer, Recorder of Deeds, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Circuit Attorney are all held by women. This year, nine women will serve on the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.
When I first entered in to political office, the landscape looked a lot different. There weren't as many women in politics as there are now. I feel motivated and proud just looking around at the progress we've made. This is what inspires me now.
I also feel a sense of responsibility in helping to motivate other women, especially the leaders of tomorrow. I would like to encourage all women to lift each other up. Whether it's spending time mentoring a young person, volunteering at church or a women's shelter, bringing a hot meal to someone, giving her a ride to a job interview, or even something as simple as calling a friend who's having a hard time to cheer her up. Don't just sit on the sidelines.
After all, when you offer inspiration to someone, it comes back at you tenfold.
Comptroller Darlene Green
Office of the Comptroller
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