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Suzanne McKechnie Klahr

Some people come and go in our life, but there are some that stick, stay and leave a profound mark on us.

Today, it is International Women's Day and I could write about many famous women's who are around the world and are already well known. But instead, I want to write about a woman who has inspired and impacted my life tremendously.

She is a mother, a friend, and an honored graduate student from Stanford Law School. I honestly can’t remember how she came to my life, but I feel very blessed for meeting her a few years ago.

Suzanne dropped a potential successful career to dedicate herself to kids that need help and guidance. She developed a wonderful program with her fellowship award, which I was very grateful to be involved and part of it.

The program became a bit complex as the years passed by, but the ultimate goal was and has always been to make sure the high school kids will stay, improve their grades and continue their education through College ~ independently of the environment, any discrimination, violence and background.

We (volunteers) were a reference, the mentors ~ the one’s who were there when sometimes nobody else seems to be.

The results were marvelous; the students were engaged, were interested and wanted to succeed in their education and life. We had so many blessings during the school year and discovered very talented and creative individuals. I had the best years of my life.

Suzanne is an example to many of us. She truly cares about others. She is a simple woman that genuinely made the decision to create a big impact to many residents ~ kids and their families ~ around the Silicon Valley Bay Area.

She gave me the opportunity to provide a direction to kids who were once so discourage. I will never forget that and will always be grateful for. She inspired me back then and she still does.

Today, I celebrate Suzanne McKechnie Klahr. I hope she will continue to inspire many others that come on her way!

Happy International Women's Day to all, and in special to you – Suzanne!

#SheInspiresMe
#InternationalWomensDay


If you want to know more about Suzanne's program, please visit http://www.build.org

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Diana, Princess of Wales

Often called Princess Diana or “Lady D” by the media and public, The Princess of Wales was undoubtedly the most famous woman in the world from the time of her engagement (1981) until her death (1997). 

She was the female celebrity of her generation, a fashion icon, an image of feminine beauty, admired and emulated for her high-profile involvement in AIDS issues, and the international campaign against landmines

When so many still believed that AIDS could be contracted through casual contact, she touched a person infected with the HIV virus. Her attitude showed the world compassion and kindness; and gave hope to the people at risk. She had a genuine and sincere interest in other people

I admired her deeply. I believe she still lives in our memories and continues to be an inspiration to millions of people worldwide.  
Back then; she played an active role in making the world a better place for a lot of people. Now, the work should continue through us.  

“Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back if only they had the chance.”
– Princess Diana
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Oprah Gail Winfrey  is the most influential woman of our generation. She appears on every list of the world's leading opinion-makers, and has been rightly called * "the most powerful woman in the world."*  Despite her influential power, she is an inspirational figure and dedicated to make a positive impact in the lives of others

Being able to make a difference in one-person life is special, but make a difference in a much wider community is a true gift. Not only has Oprah made a difference to people in the United States, but she has also been able to reach out to people from all over the world.

I believe that each of us has a personal calling in life and every single event may be an opportunity to discover. It seems to me that it is easy to succeed when you are doing what you love and meant to be.  Oprah is certainly a role model for all of us. 
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“Coco” Chanel deserves special recognition in this collection. She was one of the most influential designers of her time. She played a huge role in designing the modern woman within the society. She showed the world her passion, interest, independence and creativity like no other woman has done before.

She took her dreams and turned them into reality and in many ways, and made her mark on history.  Her ideas were revolutionary; and life story incredible fascinating. Her legacy continues to this day. 

Any woman, even who has never owned a Chanel piece is likely to get inspired by her designs. Thank you, "Coco".
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Mrs. Clinton is one of the most powerful female politicians around the world.

You will be surprised to know that Politics wasn’t her first career dream. She wants to be an astronaut and even wrote to NASA. NASA didn’t accept women during that time period, so she pursued a career in law. 

After her graduation, she could have gone to work for a prestigious firm took but she decided to take a job at the Children Defense Fund. That position sparked a lifelong passion for helping children live up to their potential

Hillary helped create a Children’s Health Insurance Program. She fought to help pass heath care reform and worked to provide full military health benefits to reservists and National Guard members.

She initiated new policies in the educational sector and was also an   outspoken champion for human rights and women around the world. Throughout her life, she has been a strong advocate for women, children and families.

Hillary Clinton achieved worldwide recognition, and her contributions to the American society as a woman are many.  Indeed, her list of accomplishments is vast, significant and meaningful

She is an inspirational woman and has established herself as a balanced and credible woman. If we are serious, Hillary should be our next President.
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I was about 9 years old when I first heard about this fragile Russian ballerina - Anna Pavlova. She was known as the “Incomparable” ballerina and apparently, a natural gifted dancer

She had a very unique ability to convey messages through her dance, delicate movements and intense facial expressions. She took every opportunity to create a performance style that was uniquely her own and turned her imperfections into strengths

She died in 1931. Thus, I never had a chance to see her dancing. Nevertheless, her portraits and life history touched me deeply. She became a role model, an inspiration and developed my interest in arts, music and dance

Most people certainly remembered her as one of the most famous classical ballet dancers in history, or even by her signature work - “The Dying Swan”. I remembered her as someone that showed me the meaning of life. 
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Mother Teresa  stands out as one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th century. She is a global icon for selfless service to others.

She dedicated her lifetime to the service of the poor and dispossessed and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her *humanitarian work.  She cared for thousands of sick and dying people in the slums of Calcutta.  

Mother Teresa showed us her deep commitment to bring help to the suffering humanity and demonstrated that love and joy alleviates poverty, sickness and pain. We should imitate this beautiful woman and share the joy and love.  Let’s begin. 
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Malala  was just like any other child.  She loves to go to school and was passionate about learning.  She probably never thought she would become one of the most influential people of our times.

Her life now is maybe unimaginably different to anything she may have envisaged.  She is an advocate for the power of education and continues to speak out about the rights of all girls and women to have a chance to be educated  in Pakistan or around the world. 

Malala Yousafzai first came to public attention when she started blogging about the Taliban military activities and their efforts to restrict education and prevent girls from going to school in Swat.

Later on, the shocking act of Taliban gunman gave her the international fame. Malala was shot in the head in 2012; As you may know she survived the attack and the incident didn’t stop her; instead she was courageous and continued to take action on global education.  Her achievements are unparalleled and unequaled. 

Perhaps Malala’s most powerful message was to not accept things as they are or have always been. Malala reminded us that we should always stand for and take action towards what we believe in. 
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Wonder Woman  is the most popular female comic-book superhero of all time. She made her debut in 1941 but continues to remain ageless, relevant and a symbol of female empowerment.  

She is a special fictitious superhero and was created to bring ideals of love, peace, justice and sexual equality to a world. I enjoyed watching and reading her stories so many times. She inspires me to imagine a more equalitarian world.  

Her character encourages woman to become strong, independent and free from economic and psychological dependency on men. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has powers; but unlike every other superhero she has used them to motivate us to become agents of change. 

It’s 2016 and women still do not have true equality in our world. It seems that we are still at a standstill. But we don’t have to keep living in the dark. This change can only happen if we speak up, question things, and stop allowing prejudice and tradition to influence our judgment. Shouldn’t we go back to Wonder Woman message about peace, justice, sexual equality for all? 
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When you remember Marilyn Monroe, you might think of the sexy girl who sang to the President of United States.

Her name brings immediate beauty and sensuality to the minds of those who hear it. Without question, Marylyn Moore was one of the most beautiful and stylish women of her time.  

If you look at her life story, you can understand why she later became an inspiration for feminism. She was exploited for her beauty; the blonde bombshell men wanted and women wanted to be. 

Fortunately, she was more than that, and became a role model. She showed women can triumph over an attractive looks or troubled past. She proved women could grow to be anything.

Think about it, because Marilyn certainly did.
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