When asked about being one of USA TODAY’s Women of the Year, Wilhelmina Yazzie responded by saying:
I was thinking, “gosh, this is my mom,” like, my mom is the woman of the year, not me. This is my mom’s legacy – everything that I do and remember, and who she was and who she stood for, is all because of her. So, it’s just, I’m still trying to take it in.
Leah Romero published this beautiful piece in the Carlsbad Current-Argus highlighting Yazzie and how she used her voice to advocate for New Mexico students from low-income families who are Native American and English Language Learners, as well as students with disabilities.
Who are the women in your life that have passed the baton on to you? Whose work are you carrying forward? Whose shoulders do you stand on in the advancement of the work you’re most passionate about?
Your voice is needed today to inspire women tomorrow. Cheers to the women we love, the women who’ve loved us, and the women we will pass the baton to in the future.
View the full list of stellar women highlighted by USAToday.