A tribute by Megan Torres, Senior Research Analyst at WoWE

A tribute by Megan Torres, Senior Research Analyst at WoWE 150 150 Safo

Women’s History Month

Celebrating Women Changemakers in our Lives, Communities, and Organizations

Celebrating Women Changemakers

My name is Megan Torres. I am a senior research analyst at Women of the World Endowment. This story is in honor of my best friend Jeannette.

I am honored to not only share my story, but to have made a donation to the Women’s Refugee Commission in honor of Jeannette. The Women’s Refugee Commission is creating a better world for refugees by strengthening the resilience of women during times of humanitarian crisis. Her mother and mother’s her family were able to flee from civil war and move to the United States due to the generosity of others during a humanitarian crisis in Laos.

I met my best friend, Jeannette, in third grade. I was an attentive student and she optimistically attempted to play her GameBoy during class. She quickly became an integral part of my family, fitting in like the last piece of a puzzle.

I have always admired her ability to explore the uncharted. As the daughter of a refugee, she broke boundaries by graduating high school early. Jeannette was the first in her family to attend college. She had the courage to leave our hometown first – sharing her stories of the world with me. While having to face the unknown has not always been done by choice, she has made each of her successes look effortless. As we continue to grow and face the new challenges adulthood has presented us with, she inspires me by facing every challenge with the same optimism she had when we met nineteen years ago.

Jeannette and Megan at a family wedding

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Women of the World Endowment is an investment non-profit focused on centralizing women as economic, environmental, and social changemakers while delivering market-rate, risk-adjusted returns and impact at scale. Every day, WoWE invests in, advances, and amplifies women changemakers. We thank Megan, the WoWE community, and everyone who celebrates women changemakers.

Women’s leadership on the frontlines of our homes, healthcare, businesses, and country leadership has been exceptional in the context of the accelerating challenges the world faces, while at the same time testing women as they have borne the brunt of lay-offs, childcare, and more.  We can collectively acknowledge that we ALL stand on the shoulders of Women Changemakers.

During Women’s History Month we are taking a personal approach to celebrating the rich contributions of women in our lives, communities, and economies. We hope you will join us in honoring the women who have made it possible to be the change we want to see in the world –  those we work with, those who inspire us, and those who have championed our success.

Throughout the month we will continue to share stories and celebrate the extraordinary contributions of women changemakers who have and continue to effect lasting positive change.  If you would like to share your story and the organizations you are donating to with the WoWE community please send a note to Jennifer Brooker and we will amplify. If you would like to learn more about how to engage with WoWE  and support women Changemakers, click here.

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