Spreading the Love
by Chrysa Smith
While some of us were lucky enough to get flowers or non-caloric chocolate on Valentine’s Day, others were not so fortunate.
To raise awareness of the epidemic violence against women, an event known as One Billion Rising was held on Valentine’s Day. Women from somewhere around 200 nations got up, stood up and danced up a storm.
Perhaps you know someone who has been a victim. If you haven’t, you’re lucky. According to stats from UN Women: —- the occurrence of rape, genital mutilation and murder is staggering. It’s both enlightening and depressing to read about it. But it is empowering.
One Billion Rising is an activist movement— can you think of a better way to get active for a cause than with millions of women on the dance floor?
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MARY FRAN BONTEMPO is a speaker, author and humorist who teaches audiences to control their most powerful influence: Self-Talk. Author of The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words, and Not Ready for Granny Panties, Mary Fran proves small changes in self-talk yield big life changes, allowing individuals to redefine their lives both professionally and personally in a rapidly changing world.
A Huffington Post and Thrive Global contributor, and regular columnist for Women’s Voices Magazine and Best Kept Self, Mary Fran inspires and motivates readers and listeners to tame the self-talk beast, leading them to personal and professional renewal and success. After thirty years’ experience as owner of a full-service recruiting firm, and finding herself in the middle of a perfect life storm—turning 50, a crashing economy, and most devastating, a son with serious addiction issues—Mary Fran created the blog, Not Ready for Granny Panties, authoring two books in the series and developing a life-affirming brand full of practical wisdom and wit. A frequent media guest and speaker, audiences delight in her empowering and entertaining message.
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