The DPS Foundation is pleased to have this opportunity to pay tribute to all of the women who work each day to ensure that the children of our community receive the best education possible. We honor the many teachers and volunteers in the classroom; the staff and administrators who facilitate their work; the mothers and other female caregivers who get the children to school; and the many caring adults in the community who, through word and deed, participate in this important job of education.

Throughout history women have used their talents and strengths to shape the world. Many have become known to us because of their words and deeds; a few have entered the history books as important icons, while others are unknown. During this month we honor all, and use their lives and their words to spur is to continue to work each day to make this world a more beautiful, just, exciting, interesting, and caring place. We can be inspired by the words of wisdom of women such as those noted below.

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do, where there is love and inspiration I don’t think you can go wrong.”  Ella Fitzgerald

“I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” Amelia Earhart

“I have no idea of submitting tamely to injustice inflicted either on me or on the slave. I oppose it with all the moral powers with which I am endowed. I am no advocate of passivity.” Lucretia Mott

“Sometimes I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.” Zora Neale Hurston

“In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly that there must be something for me to do” Dorothea Dix

“As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold that person down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise.” Marion Anderson