March is Women's History Month, a perfect time to celebrate the women in your chapter, across the world and throughout history. Being a good leader is a learning process: you learn from experience, advice and those who led before you. While leading a chapter can seem like a unique challenge, you can take note of how businesswomen, politicians and activists successfully navigated their careers and apply their lessons in leadership to your own role. As you celebrate Women's History Month and prepare for the final months of the school year, take advice and inspiration from these phenomenal women leaders. 

 

"I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.”

Estée Lauder, Business Executive

 

“Defeat? I do not recognize the meaning of the word.”

Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of England 

 

"Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you."

Hillary Clinton, First Lady, Secretary of State and 2016 Presidential Candidate

 

“True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up.”

Sherry Dew, Author

 

"If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities."

Maya Angelou, Author

 

"Leadership is the expectation that you can use your voice for good. That you can make the world a better place."

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

 

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement."

Hellen Keller, Activist and Author

 

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."

Jane Goodall, Scientist and UN Goodwill Ambassador

 

By Mary Carol Butterfield (Georgia)

Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Mary Carol joined Gamma Phi Beta at the Delta Upsilon Chapter at the University of Georgia. Mary Carol is a journalism and political science major with a passion for writing, traveling and college football. She has served as ritual chairwoman, new member educator assistant and attended the 2016 Gamma Phi Beta Convention in Atlanta. Living in Delta Upsilon’s beautiful house has been Mary Carol’s favorite part of being in Gamma Phi. From Saturday brunches with all the girls in the house to mattress surfing down the stairs, living in 397 was a dream come true.