Myriam Paul: My late sister, Rosita Paul, was a super woman in good and bad health. Although she physically could not beat cancer, she fought through her last breath. I admired her, I looked up to her and I vowed to live my life in such a way that represent what she stood for.
Widline Luctama: My mother, Chris. From working 6am to midnight, I admire her resilience and strength. She has taught me to be humble, courteous and helpful to anyone in need.
Regine Albin: I admire Oprah Winfrey for how she has provided a platform where she shares positive stories, and she has been able to help many people internationally. She also has a lot of ambition. She has been able to stay true to herself.
Sophia DesRoches: Michelle Obama. The notion of an African-American woman being a first in anything is alien in many parts of the world. The First Lady inspires women to assert themselves in their personal and professional lives. She is not just the First Lady of the United States, she is also an inspiring woman for many, many reasons. Starting from her commitment to empower communities, to her promotion of healthy nutrition, to the right to women’s education, and her advocating the value of putting oneself first.
Nance Pretto: My mom, Joseline Pretto, made a positive impact in the lives of so many others through her work in the community. She taught me the importance of always giving back and helping others as well. She was a strong woman and a fighter until the day of her untimely death.
Victoria Winslow: Mother Theresa, because she had strong faith, strong impact, and remained humble despite recognition and her impressive accomplishments.
Myka Texas: I am actually inspired by Hillary Clinton because of the “why not” factor. She has earned my respect for pushing through all boundaries, and earning a top spot within predominantly male-dominated political roles/conversations. For her audacity and strength to hold her head up high even, in the midst of personal trials, she inspired me.
Joanne Antoine: Shirley Chisholm is my shero! Imagine a black woman running for the highest office in the country, with little campaign money and party support. All while not being taken seriously, she still managed to garner the support of many. I fell in love with organizing after the stories I heard of her grassroots work. She understood how important her campaign was, even if she lost. I am thankful she helped ensure that when I run for office, I’m taken seriously from the start.
Kareen Kircher: My grandmothers, Tanemise and Amene, inspire me because to this day, people still remember them for their generosity, despite their limited means. I honor their legacy by paying it forward. My mom and my mom-in-law also inspire me because of the way they endured and overcame adversity.”
Larissa Liburd: The woman who inspires me will always be my mother, who grew up in Petite-Riviere-de-Nippes with barely any clothing, but worked hard. She is now an extremely successful OBGYN in Miami.
Vancie Manigat: Mon modèle est Raymonde Guillaume Sam, ma maman. Courageuse, combattive, intelligente, serviable et integer, elle a su m’inculquer de vraies valeurs. (My model is Raymonde Guillaume Sam, my mother. Courageous, a fighter, intelligent, a helping spirit, a woman of integrity, she has instilled true values in me).
Cathy Francois: Despite losing her parents as a child, being challenged with illiteracy and poverty, my late grandmother, Athemise Pierre, raised six educated children in Haiti. She was able to achieve so much with so little; knowing that I carry her DNA inspires to me achieve beyond the status quo.
Compiled by Myriam Paul