International Women's Day - March 8th - is rapidly approaching. Thousands of events will be held across the globe to inspire, celebrate and honor the economic, political and social achievements of women everywhere.
Ohio women are sharing in this year's 103rd celebration on March 5th & 8th through events sponsored by Purpose for Women International (PWI) to be held at Monaco's Palace located in Columbus at 4555 Cleveland Avenue. PWI will be hosting an International Recognition Awards Dinner on March 5th to honor Ohio women for their accomplishments in the arts, media, business, community action, leadership and more. To learn more or purchase tickets for the event, please visit www.PWIevents.info.
Inez Heller Jones has been nominated in the category of Literature for a 2014 International Women's Day Recognition Award in Ohio. Inez is a remarkable woman who wrote a book called They Call Me Blessed at age 79 which has been a tremendous resource for both men and women facing infidelity. She is a woman who proudly proclaims and stands strong on her faith but she also reports that she is not as "straight-laced" as she appears; She enjoys classic, swing, jazz & gospel music and dancing.
The following is a questionnaire that Inez completed after being notified of her recent nomination:
1. I decided to be an author about 2010. I had always wanted to write a book and decided, at 79 years of age, “It’s now or never.”
2.What I like best about being an author is the freedom and flexibility to set my own schedule and be creative without the constraints of a 9-5 paid position (or, as was the case in my last volunteer position, being on call 24/7.)
3. I had not heard of the International Women’s Day event until a young man, Roberto Cervantes, who used to attend our church, called my daughter to recommend I participate in the Author’s pavilion.
4. I feel honored that Roberto remembered I had written a book and thought the contents of the book worthy of my participation.
5. The advice I would give to anyone who feels a strong desire to create: First and foremost, (if they are believers in Jesus Christ) I would advise them to pray. God is the creator and He is not stingy about sharing His creative abilities.
- Direction is important
- Finance is important
- Support (spiritually, mentally and physically) is super important. Without this your defenses are vulnerable.
Once these are in place, I would say as does the song in The Sound of Music – “Climb every mountain, ford every stream, and follow every rainbow ‘til you find your dream.”
6. My Heritage: A woman of color who is proud to be an American!
7. Where do I see the evolution of women in business in the near future? Women have broken the “glass ceiling” in business. They are in board rooms and in various positions of authority at all levels of civic responsibility. Where they go with it is up to them. In my opinion, they will get there faster as they present themselves as Women of Character: In other words, women of integrity, decency, honor, tenacity and faith.
To vote for Inez or any other nominee, please visit the www.PWIevents.info website. Also, please consider joining us for the International Women's Day Charity Celebration on March 8th from 10 am - 6pm for a day of women's art, cuisine, jewelry, fashion, flowers and information including our Bridge to Wellness/Healing Pavilion and empowerment discussions. Admission is free. Attendees will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a variety of prizes. Proceeds from raffles will benefit the PWI Charity Fund.
Purpose for Women International (PWI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about women's issues and providing access to resources for women, families, children and local communities in an effort to effect change - at the local, national and even international level. PWI is locally owned and operated. Donations for the PWI Charity Fund can be shared at www.PurposeforWomenInternational.org.
By Lisa Cayton Stockdale
Lisa is a motivational speaker, talk-show host, political activist and senior advocate who currently works as a community liaison in the senior arena. She is the creator & host of Senior Agenda which airs weekly on www.talktainmentradio.com and Columbus Community Radio at 98.9 and 102.1 FM. The program covers a wide array of senior issues ranging from disproportionate poverty to second chance romance. Lisa uses the program to help raise awareness and call the community to action. She also authors a blog called Senior Agenda where she educates and entertains us weekly. Visit the blog at senioragenda.blogspot.com.