What Motivates Us on International Women’s Day
Posted by Climate Resolve on March 8, 2017
One of the best things about working at a nonprofit devoted to climate solutions? You know your work has local and global impact.
After a discussion about the “Day Without a Woman” campaign to mark this year’s International Women’s Day, the women of Climate Resolve decided to work. Here’s what motivates us.
“So much of what my life is about, including my work at Climate Resolve, involves reshaping the status quo whenever it’s holding society back from reaching its greatest potential. I wear red today to honor the countless women who continue to push uphill, who deserve more appreciation and help than their community provides, and who make our world a better place through their passion, compassion and vision of a more just society.”
Kristina von Hoffmann
“I’m proud of my mother, who comes from a strong and creative line of Greek immigrants. While she did not have the opportunity to go to college, she crafted her life’s work through her compassion, loyalty, and care for people and the planet. Soon after I was born, she started work at an oceans conservation nonprofit in Santa Monica and, without planning it, I’ve followed in her footsteps. I’m proud of her early work against bottom trawling and for reef preservation, and she’s proud that I have carried the torch for regional climate resilience with Climate Resolve.”
“When I was growing up, there was a sign in our kitchen that read, ‘A Woman’s Place is Every Place.’ I feel lucky that my first role model was a strong woman who stood up for me when I was told to dress like a lady and keep my opinions to myself. My mom was proud of my work and that motivates me every day. Others aren’t so lucky, so I’m wearing red in solidarity today.”
“White women in the U.S. have long claimed to be the standard bearers of feminism on a global scale — but on election day, more than half of us voted against any semblance of solidarity with women of color, women who aren’t citizens, and women who live in communities in the U.S. and around the world that will bear the brunt of rampant climate change. This Women’s Day of Action is incredibly important, as women find our marginalized status more pertinent than ever — and also as a time to be mindful of what we have to lose, and who stands to lose it. Today, I am working at Climate Resolve because the work we do is important, because we are on the front lines of the climate fight, and because we are part of the resistance. But I take this as a day of solidarity with women across the country who don’t have the privilege to choose, and whose fate was decided against their strong will. We cannot let them down again.”