My Minerva Moment

 



HONORING THE MINERVA AWARDS®

Since 2004, The Women’s Conference has honored extraordinary women with the annual Minerva Awards. These Remarkable Women & Remarkable Legacies have recognized a problem, identified the solution, and pursued it with strength, courage, perseverance and compassion.

Each one of us has experienced that moment when we first realized that we have the ability to make a difference and transform the life of someone we love, someone less fortunate or someone in need. That's your Minerva Moment!

So tell us –

When did you realize for the first time that you could make a difference? What was your Minerva Moment?  

Share your story in 200 words or less in the comments section below.

 

My Minerva Moment
  • I'm a radiation oncologist dealing with people who face cancer everyday. It's a difficult job to see people who are losing hope, and those who haven't had time to do anything other than go to doctors offices and get therapy for their disease. I told my patients about support groups which were in the community, but most, if not all, were afraid to go to a place where they knew nobody.

    An idea sprung in my head, to start a group for my patients, not only to support them as they go through their treatment, but a chance for them to talk about life, for them to get to know one another, and for them to know that they are NOT ALONE.

    Since my patients know me well, they felt comfortable attending. Our gatherings meet at a restaurant where we eat, chat, laugh, occasionally play a board game, and learn about life. It's a fantastic opportunity to bond with people, and learn the simple lesson: People need people.

    Posted by krupali, 6 May 2010.

  • the moment i heard about the women who was raped by the 18 men in the rural village of Nepal was the moment which i will never forget..from then i realised i will do something for the women who are seriously in need of help that moment made me a complete women who understand a womens feelings then and then i decided i will fight for womens right no matter what i have to pass through and will contribute something for helping women where ever and whenever possible..this is what i call it a momen to remember always...that made be something from just an ordinary girl

    Posted by surakshya, 6 May 2010.

  • the moment i heard about the women who was raped by the 18 men in the rural village of Nepal was the moment which i will never forget..from then i realised i will do something for the women who are seriously in need of help that moment made me a complete women who understand a womens feelings then and then i decided i will fight for womens right no matter what i have to pass through and will contribute something for helping women where ever and whenever possible..this is what i call it a momen to remember always...that made be something from just an ordinary girl

    Posted by surakshya, 6 May 2010.

  • I am working for US post service. My live is not so easy. I have 4 children and the 5th one-husband. My goal is to raise my children very good people and I always feel my minerva moment. And to change the world I should start from my family.

    Posted by nadia 67, 6 May 2010.

  • My name is Jean Wells, 64, and I have spent my life helping students with disabilities be in our culture without barriers. I now work with faculty to help them change the way they use instructional materials so that they are usable by all students whether they can see them or not. My Minerva moment happens when I see my students take their walk at graduation and I know I had a piece in making that happen.

    Posted by Jean Wells, 5 May 2010.

  • As a child I had it really rough, I grew up in a small town in Alabama, to a mother who didn't have an education and she worked two and three jobs to just try and make enough support her 5 children, she was in a abusive relationship with my step dad who I watched be murdered when I was 12 years old. I was lost and confused for a long time. I was married extemely young (@15) and when I was 17 I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. I realized that my life at that moment would never be the same and I had to do everything in my power and something that weren't to remove myself from my own abusive relationship to save my daughters life. Long story short I joined the Navy and in a couple of years my life was on a track that I could at least hold my head up about. Having come from rough beginings I have decided that I have been given a chance to make a real difference, I am in college now working toward my degree, so that I may work as an advocate for girls like I was and women like my mom who never seemed to find a way out. I believe I am cut from a strong cloth that my family member that still for the most part reside in Alabama with that same thinking that they have always had. I now am a mother to an awesome young girl that I can proudly look out and as I overcame and no matter what happens in your life you can overcome too.
    So my "Minerva Moment" came when I found out I was pregnant and became scared that my daughters life might turn out like mine had started to.
    Heard a great qoute one day that said "One person can make a difference in the world, They just can't care who takes the credit.
    Thanks to all the other strong women out there who inspire hope of a better tomorrow for us all.

    Posted by Shelli31?, 5 May 2010.

  • When my three daughters were in elementary school a redistricting plan was created to move children according to their geographic location. This plan was especially painful to a village area of Hispanic working families whose children attended school with mine. My Minerva Moment came when the parents of these children came to me and asked if I would represent them at the school board meeting. I am not Hispanic, but I grew up in this area and attended this same school. I was honestly afraid of disappointing them, it was so important that we not fail. I had many people tell me to not do this, it wasn't my battle to fight and my children wouldn't suffer if this went through. I chose to have my daughter's educated here because I believe that when children get to know one another, learn together, eat lunch and play together they grow up with respect and tolerance. I called upon everyone that I knew who could give us the information we needed to prove that this concept was not sound....three months and hundreds of hours of research latter.....the plan was cancelled! Several years later my oldest daughter was attending college at USC and one of the parents I had represented came up to say hello; she told my daughter that she had believed I could help their cause, oh, and by the way, she was visiting her son who was also a student there.

    Posted by Peggy Buehler, 5 May 2010.

  • I realized that I could make a difference in someone's life when I became a mom. There is nothing more life changing, love filling and humbling than becoming a parent. My daughter is a blank canvas and she will learn everything that she needs to learn from me. She will learn how to love, to care, to honor, to respect, to be humbled, to believe in the Lord. What can be more transforming than becoming a mom??

    Posted by Sofiasmom, 5 May 2010.

  • My Minerva moment came to me during a workout with my new baby boy. I had been in the fitness industry for a decade at that time and knew all I needed to know about fitness; but I knew nothing about motherhood. I created a workout that I could do with my son and realized that I could share it with other moms. I could help them get their body back and we could all give eachother the support we needed for motherhood. What was born was a program called Stroller Strides. We are not just a fitness program. We are a community of women who are making strides in fitness, motherhood and life. I realized then the great power when moms get together, and that I could replicate this across the country. We now have 1,000+ locations nationwide where moms are getting active, being healthy role models for their children and are working together in a variety of charitable activities as part of our Moms With A Mission Program. And it all started with one "Minerva Moment".

    Posted by LDruxman, 5 May 2010.

  • My Minerva Moment is when I have been Bless to have women in my life who have mentor me and have shared with me their experience and hard ships and how they overcome their hardship to receive their promise. From my mother to teachers to women in my church to my gandmother who has pass on and to other women who have been successful in their lives this has been my Minerva Moment. From having mentors I have be Bless to pursue my dreams and and do my passions. I have a passion for helping others and am involved in the hospital ministry and outreach ministry at my church. I love making a difference in the community as well. I have volunteer in the community with many organzations and a Alumni of the Long Beach Neighborhood Leadership Program Class of 2006. I Thank God for what he is doing in my life and how he is leading me on the path to pursue my goals, dreams and to always have EXPATATION. I am excited about the year 2010 and the BEST IS YET TO COME
    Posted by Mia Jenkins 5 May 2010

    Posted by Mia, 5 May 2010.