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A Common Thread: Sisterhood

As an ESL teacher to adults, I have listened to many women's stories from around the world. Their search for freedom, equality, and justice is a common thread. I have recently been separated myself, after 30 years of marriage, and am discovering my own journey to self-empowerment. I really want to help women from around the world find their voices. I truly believe that change is in the wind. I'm hoping that this organization may be a catalyst, and I would like to be part of it.

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Kim Crane's picture

Welcome

It sounds like you are in the middle of some big winds of change yourself. Thank you for bringing your hopeful voice to this supportive global community! I look forward to hearing more from you here!

Kim Crane
World Pulse Programs Coordinator

Carol Hatch's picture

Thank You

Hi Kim,

The past few years have been a journey of personal discovery for me. I was diagnosed with agressive breast cancer in November of 2009. I had a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation all through 2010. Lost my breast, my hair, my eyelashes, my energy.... and then on January 2, 2011, even lost my husband of 29 years, after painfully discovering that he was having an affair. I'm still going through divorce negotiations now. The good news is, I am healthy and strong.

I am a survivor. I am finding my true voice after being whacked from behind by life circumstances, and losing all sense of self esteem. I am emerging as a much stronger, and actually happier woman.

Working as an ESL teacher in Canada, I have met so many people from all different cultures. I say to them that I'm sure I'm learning more each day in the classroom than they are. They have given me love, encouragement and support during the events that have seemed overwhelming to me at times. I will never forget the day that one of my Iranian students came up to me at break and said, "... the one thing that all religions teach us is...... we must carry on." And I have lived by that message, those wise words, especially to be a role model for my four grown children who are watching me closely and offer incredible support to me. And I'm coming through it.

Now it's time for me to discover who I really am, my true values and my own passions. One thing I am very passionate about is women's equality throughout the world. I have many students who have moved to Canada exactly for this reason, some coming in as refugees after leaving abusive situations. I love hearing their stories of survival, and someday hope to write their stories. When my son graduated from Bishop's University in Quebec in 2008, Stephen Lewis was the keynote speaker. His speech was about how peace on earth will never be accomplished until major efforts to make the world view woman as equals becomes a goal of all countries, all religions, etc...

I actually shed tears upon hearing that Saudi Arabia, being strongly pressured, finally agreed to send a few of their women athletes to the Olympics this year. What I'm waiting for is the Catholic Church to finally recognize and act upon women's status in the church by making significant changes in their hierarchy that is male dominant. That may make a true difference in the world.

Kim, I'm not sure where my life journey is taking me at present. All I know is that I must live true to my values, and one of those is to make my voice heard about this important concern. "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." Margaret Mead, 1902-1978, Anthropologist, Writer and Speaker.
I love that quote.

Please include me in anything that you think I could help in. I really would like to become more active in World Pulse.

Carol

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