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Wisdom from the queen

Queen Elizabeth once talked about leadership. “I know of no single formula for success. But, over the years, I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together,” she said.

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All-Black, all-female

An all-Black, all-female crew flew an American Airlines flight on August 8, 2022, in honor of Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman to earn a pilot’s license. From the pilots and flight attendants to the cargo team members and aviation maintenance technicians, the women were in charge of every aspect of the flight from Dallas […]

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Fragile?

The artist Frida Kahlo is credited with this quote: “Not fragile like a flower Fragile like a bomb” I recently saw a Frida Kahlo exhibit in Tulsa, Oklahoma. –Joy

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Unequal pay!?

The average National Basketball Association salary this season is $5.4 million compared with $120, 600 for the Women’s National Basketball Association, meaning the average NBA player makes 45 times what a WNBA player makes. I found this information in the May 14, 2022, issue of The Dallas Morning News. –Joy

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Let’s get angry

We have good reasons to be angry—abortion, Ukraine, the pandemic, climate change. “Anger is often totally appropriate,” writer Roxane Gay says. “It can be incredibly productive.” I heard Roxane Gay speaking on the PBS evening news. –Joy

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Strong and compassionate

We can be strong and gentle—at the same time. “We need women who are so strong they can be gentle—so fierce they can be compassionate,” Kavita Ramdas, former head of the Global Fund for Women, once said.

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Get angry

Our anger is positive—if it leads to action. “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off,” the activist and author Gloria Steinem once said. –Joy

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Be tenacious

Don’t give up! “We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves,” Marie Curie, the Nobel Prize winning physicist and chemist, once said.

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Behave yourself?!

I behave myself most of the time. However, I appreciate these words from author Margaret Atwood. “If you don’t think of yourself as an august person, you don’t have to behave yourself,” Atwood says. I found this quote in the March 11, 2022, issue of The Week. –Joy

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Prudence?

Molly Ivins sometimes—often—was outrageous, but she always spoke the truth. “I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years,” she once said. I recently watched a PBS documentary about Molly Ivins, the sometimes outrageous journalist.

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