10 Quotes to Inspire and Educate You for Women’s History Month – UMSL Daily

UMSL Daily commemorates Women’s History Month with inspirational quotes from our subjects like (clockwise from top left) Paula Knight, Heela Momand, Eleanor Taylor, Cindy Orf, and Muriel Miller. (Photos by August Jennewein or subjects)

As Women’s History Month kicks off, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis begins his commemoration of women’s achievements and contributions, we at UMSL Daily want to recognize the strong women of UMSL within our pages.

Whether they lead school districts, keep the UMSL community safe, care for patients, or pursue their passions, they have shared stories of perseverance, overcoming struggles, and triumphs that have the power to move our UMSL Daily readers. Read on to get inspired and reach new heights.

paula knight

paula d.  Knight

“Anything worth having is worth working for. I still use it with the people on my team. We have to think. We have to do the research. I can always tell a graduate from a university like UMSL compared to with a university that’s not as competitive. When you’re less competitive, that level of research doesn’t exist. I can have a conversation about the research. I can have a conversation about the data because UMSL made sure of that.” read more

cindy orff

cindy orff

“You know it’s going to be hard, it’s not going to be easy, whether it’s having a baby at 19 like I did. But if it’s something you’re really passionate about and really want to pursue, never let someone crush those dreams for you. Make sure that if it’s something you really want, you finish it.” read more

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Jasmine Welch

Jasmine Welch

“There is always room to do more,” Welch said. “…I have to admit that I have done a lot. But there is this little voice. It’s like, ‘We could do something else. Yes, you could talk to someone else. You could communicate with one more person. You can be that person you wanted to see.’” read more

heela momand

heela momand

“I thought to myself, ‘No, I don’t want to be average,’” she said. “’I want to do better and I will be what I have always dreamed of being: a doctor in the medical field. I changed my major to biology, and I’ll see where it takes me.” read more

Eleanor Taylor

Eleanor Taylor

“In terms of a message, it’s that you matter,” he said. “The things you do matter. The choices you make matter. The way we interact with each other matters. All of those things together build this community that we all share and we all create together.” read more

miles of sunshine

miles of sunshine

“I want to show the world that the Deaf community is capable of doing anything, and I want to show my community that people can do these things. We have faced a lot of oppression and barriers, and we continue to be creative in removing the barriers, as challenging as it may be.” read more

adella-jones

adella-jones

“We are not marching alone,” Jones said. “We march with the region. That’s what I like about what’s happening with Greater St. Louis, Inc. We are part of the regional agenda. We are part of what is right in our region, and we walk with our partners to bring that united voice without the sunlight between us.” read more

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maria tomas

Mariah Thomas standing at Camp Fury

“What I would say to a girl, if this is something she really wants to do, is find a good, strong mentor.” read more

muriel miller

muriel miller

“I’m like, ‘I can do this if I want,’” Miller said. “I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m definitely looking into it. I know that one day I definitely want to continue my education. At this moment, I feel that everything is achievable. I feel very proud of myself.” read more

Gladwell Ndungu

African american woman with glasses stands and smiles

“What kept me going is that I come from a small town and I know what poverty is,” said Ndungu. “I was lucky that even though we didn’t have much, we had enough. We had food on the table every night. We had the basic necessities. But I saw poverty in neighborhoods where people were starving and just couldn’t make ends meet. I knew he didn’t want that for me.

“I knew the struggles my parents fought so we could go to school. When I have a family, I think it will be a disservice to my parents if I give them anything less than what they did for us. That kept me motivated to want to be able to do better. I didn’t want to be in a place where I’m living on minimum wage. I didn’t want to be in a place where I was dependent on my family or my siblings to make ends meet.” read more

About Women’s History Month at UMSL

Every year, the Student Engagement Office works with student organizations and other departments to celebrate and honor women around the world and the contributions they have made to the advancement of societies.

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Details about this year’s events can be found at MyEngage.

Women's History Month 2022

Women’s History Month 2022

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