Celebrating Women Who Inspire

For International Women’s Day, we asked:

Who inspired you to get into birth or breastfeeding equity work? Why?

Here is what we heard:

Breastfeeding Christopher 001“My first born child and remembering seeing my mother breastfeeding my siblings. Breastfeeding is our reproductive female right. Also because I was raised in a country where breastfeeding is as simple as drinking a glass of water. It is the norm.” ~ Elizabeth Chang, B.Sc.,CLC, IBCLC Candidate, Nursing Student, Bilingual Spanish/English Certified Lactation Counselor, Founder & CEO Pretty Mama Breastfeeding, LLC

Felisha Floyd“Once I became a peer counselor, I was inspired by my colleagues and mentors, Hope Young, and Lin Cook.  These women empowered my journey to continue in the field of breastfeeding and become a lactation consultant.  My passion and soul in this work is fueled by the activists and advocates that have paved the road for my journey in this profession. Breastfeeding was frowned upon in my family, so when I decided to breastfeed, I had little to no support.  I was inspired to become a breastfeeding advocate and lactation consultant because of my own difficulties and experiences in breastfeeding, and desired to become a beacon of support for families to make an informed decision about breastfeeding.” 
~ Felisha Floyd, BS, CLC, IBCLC, Founder and CEO of Blactavist, Co-Founder and President of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC), Founder and CEO of Beyond Breastfeeding, Inc.

“I am the daughter of two mothers, one who birthed me and nurtured me until I was three, and one who raised me to become the woman I am today.  I am inspired by both my mothers, Bertha Feinberg Abramson, and Alice Umans Abramson.  I am particularly aware that my work is deeply influenced by Alice’s constant struggle to do good, to keep trying, and to make a better world.”
~ Rachel Abramson, RN, MS, IBCLC, Executive Director of HealthConnect One

IWD2016 Rachel baby   IWD2016 Alice

And on Twitter …

@JerethaMcKinley: Name a woman who inspires you? Why?

@StacyMcDavi: @JerethaMcKinley u 4 ur candidness @ttwadley 4 her strength, perseverance, spirit & positivity #mymom 4 her ability to continuously rise up

@Birthbirthbirth: Irene Ellis, House of El-Elyon


Now it’s your turn. Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter and tell us:

Who are you celebrating for International Women’s Day?

Who inspires YOU?