Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure of working with the website HelloGiggles to highlight incredible women that are making a difference in communities across the country. This project began with the goal of showcasing the women that President Obama has said are “the quiet heroes” in our lives, making our country stronger and prosperous. This series has now become one of the most read blogs on whitehouse.gov, and each week we look forward to getting to know another woman working to do good. This week’s blog features a look back at the blog series and a recap on a recent visit to the White House by HelloGiggles editor Julia Gazdag.
We all know someone like the women featured in this series, someone who quietly inspires us with their actions, their passion and generosity. They’re not doing it because it’s glamorous or because it pays incredibly well or because they’re seeking acclaim. No, these folks take care of our communities and improve people’s lives because it’s simply the right thing to do. This is exactly what makes America so great - that so many rise to the challenge issued by President Kennedy that we ask not what our country can do for us, but what we can do for our country.
As a son to a mother, a brother to a sister and, perhaps one day, a husband to a wife and a father to daughters, I am proud to highlight such amazing women that serve as role models to us all. So during this holiday season, as these heroes continue to educate our children, protect our communities, break down barriers and overcome challenges quietly, let our gratitude and admiration for their work be anything but.
Read more about Women Working to Do Good:
- A Girl's Best Friend
- Giving Thanks
- Showing Up in a Big Way
- Art Cart in the Big Apple
- An “Eco-Renaissance” Woman
- Teachers We Love
- Growing Community in Chicago
- Wonder Woman in the Los Angeles Volunteer World
Ronnie Cho is an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.