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    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | June 23rd, 2019


    I attended the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio Keyholder 2019 event  a month ago where I met three extraordinary women – Brittany Packnett, Piper Perabo and Aly Raisman. The theme for the night was ‘YOU HOLD THE KEY.’

    When I go to events like this, I immediately start thinking of what nuggets of information I can share with my sisters – those of you who take the time to read this blog.

    Who are these amazing women?

    Brittany Packnett is an unapologetic educator, organizer, writer, and speaker. She was named on of Time Magazine’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership. She is the Co-Founder of Campaign Zero, a comprehensive policy platform to end police violence.

    Piper Perabo is one of the most talented and versatile actresses working today.  Notable roles include Coyote Ugly, Covert Affairs, Notorious, among many others. She is an activist, advocating for stories of refugees, LGBT rights, Indigenous women’s rights, and women’s political leadership.

    Aly Raisman is the second most-decorated American gymnast of all-time with six total Olympic medals. She is a leader on and off the floor by promoting positive body image and encouraging everyone to be comfortable and confident in his or her own skin.

    Some memorable quotes I jotted down from the event:

    Brittany Packnett:

                    “You cannot please everybody, no time for people’s baggages”

                    “Expect opposition and do it anyway”

    Piper Perabo:

                    “Show up”

                    “Understand your privilege and that you are taking space, take time to listen”

    Aly Raisman:

                    “Self-love and self-care is not selfish” – my favorite

                    “When a woman drinks, all she wants is a hangover, not sex”

                    “Just because a woman wears a sexy outfit does not mean a woman wants sex”

    None of these women grew up thinking that they would be activists, but each was placed in a situation where they had no choice but to act. We all have the ability to be activists. We all have the power to influence change.  WE ALL HOLD THE KEY.

    The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio is a public foundation whose mission is to transform the lives of women and girls by mobilizing the collective power and passion of all people working together. Their vision is a future where gender equality is the norm in life and work.

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