There is something absolutely magical and powerful in doing the work of empowering girls. You simply cannot do this work without meeting the most phenomenal women of your community, and you simply cannot meet these phenomenal women and not be changed in the process of your own life. Or at least, that has been my experience.

Throughout the past four and a half years, Daughters of Worth has been seeking to live out our mission of educating, equipping and empowering girls of all ages to become strong women of influence in their communities. This year, we decided that we wanted to inspire her in a new way – by bringing her face to face with some of the most remarkable leaders of our community, state, nation and world!

Each month, GLAM girls are discovering these legacy leaders – women who have overcome adversity and who are using their time, talents, treasures and experiences to make a significant difference in their community and world!

For many girls, they are just now discovering that Sheriff Paula Dance is not only our Sheriff in Pitt County, but she is the first African American female Sheriff in the state of North Carolina! To hear her story, learn from her experiences and discover how she chose to rise above opposition and adversity to become her own hero and to live out the life of her dreams has been nothing less than empowering for these beautiful girls!

One of our precious girls from Lakeforest Elementary wrote the following words:

“I think Paula Dance inspired me because she thinks just because of the color of your skin, you can still achieve things. Another reason why she inspires me is because she has learned that determination is a quality that guarantees success along with demonstrating the willingness to stick with it and refuse to settle for anything less than your dream. One last reason that she inspired me is that she had a never dream, never gave up on it, and finally achieved it after lots of hard work.”

Another GLAM girl wrote, “The lady named Paula Dance is a whole inspiration to me. She helps me know that to be black and proud and do what I dream to do.”

For so many of our precious girls, difficult life experiences has taught that them that their dreams may not be possible – or for some, they have never even been given permission to dream of their lives. Legacy leaders, such as Sheriff Paula Dance are not only giving these girls the freedom and permission to begin to dream of their future, but to actually believe that they can experience this in reality through hard work, perseverance and strong character!

Throughout the 2019-20 school year, GLAM girls are discovering the following Legacy Leaders: Beverly Weeks of Cry Freedom Missions, Sheriff Paula Dance, Samar Badwan, Mother Teresa, Maya Angelou, Christine Caine, Malala Yousafzai, Laura Strabley, Minerva Freeman, Leah Arnold, Lynnette Taylor, and Diane Taylor!

There is a power in the girls of our communities not only being exposed to phenomenal women doing real work in our world, but to have an opportunity to meet them directly and to learn from their experiences. For this reason, Daughters of Worth will be holding a Legacy Leader Empower Her! Event in the spring of 2020, providing girls of our communities with the opportunity to come and meet these extraordinary women!