Women’s History Month: Making a Difference

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Since 1987, in the United States, March has been celebrated as Women’s History Month. At Caring Transitions we’re proud to have numerous female leaders that are part of our community. At the end of 2023, 71% of Caring Transitions franchises were female-owned and operated. Whether as franchise owners or team members, we’re all committed to making a difference in the lives of others across the country, to help them age with grace, avoid stressful transitions, and get support at a time when they need it most. We know items represent cherished memories and can connect generations, just as this 71-year-old sewing machine did.

Our friends at Growing Bolder have interviewed countless women for the Growing Bolder Podcast; women who are making a difference in their communities, who are exploring the world, changing sports history, starting businesses, saving the environment, conducting breakthrough research and more.

Here are a few women who headlined recent Growing Bolder podcast episodes with inspiring experiences and lessons in empowerment we can all listen and learn from:

Tracey Gendron is a nationally recognized gerontologist who believes everything you think you know about aging is wrong! She says the most important indicator as to whether your future will be one of opportunity or one of loss is your attitude. She explains the changes you can make in your outlook on life that will result in your best chance at good health and happiness in the coming years.

Meet a woman who thought she could change the haircare industry. It’s the inspiring story of Angel Cornelius and the products she invented at her kitchen table that she now sells nationwide. She’s proof that a good idea, belief in yourself, and persistence pays off.

Jillian Michaels is one of the most famous fitness trainers in the world, known for using tough love to achieve extreme results. For a decade, she was the face of the hit television show, “The Biggest Loser.” She talked to Growing Bolder about her own personal transformation, from an overweight kid to inspiring others to change their mental outlook and gain control over their weight, their health and their lives.

From the moment Annie Griffiths picked up a camera, her sense of purpose was born. Griffiths was one of the first female photographers for National Geographic, where she’s worked for over 40 years. She’s the author of four books and the founder of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document aid programs that are empowering women and girls in the developing world. Griffiths talks to Growing Bolder about her decades finding deep happiness and joy through visual storytelling and how she’s using her talents to make a difference.

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to officially register and run the Boston Marathon. Early in the race, assistant race director Jock Semple charged onto the course and tried to physically rip off her bib number and remove her from the competition because she was a woman. Switzer finished the race and found her life’s mission: to provide opportunities for women all over the world to experience the same empowerment she felt through running.

Submerge yourself in one of the most dangerous jobs there is. As one of the top underwater cave explorers in the world, Jill Heinerth has explored icebergs, volcanic lava tubes, and submerged caves. She talks to Growing Bolder about her experiences being the hands and eyes of climatologists, archeologists, and engineers, and helping them to better understand our earth.

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