Great Dames, a global community of women that got its start in Delaware, has released its first book, Great Dames: Women Sharing Their Power, a collection of 52 true stories written by women about powerful moments in their lives that helped them become who they are today.
Proceeds from the book will fuel the dreams of young women through the Great Dames Empowerment Fund.
The book was created by members of the Great Dames community to explore the power of women’s storytelling and how it helps women connect with each other, challenge thinking, and effect change. The stories, which were collected by Sharon Kelly Hake, the founder of the organization, represent women from all walks of life, ages, and diverse cultures and backgrounds.
“By collaborating on this book, we discovered how women use stories to inspire others, promote social justice, and empower themselves and their communities. I believe Great Dames: Women Sharing Their Power is a celebration of women’s resilience, strength, and creativity, and a call to action for all women to share their stories and make their voices heard,” says Kelly Hake.
With more than 3,000 members globally, Great Dames was founded 15 years ago to forge meaningful connections and form a community focused on their individual and collective power to create change. Through virtual and in-person programs, the organization works to support, learn, and lead through conversation.
The book is currently available through on-line booksellers here.
A special event is planned for September 28 to celebrate the book’s release and award a grant to the winner of the Great Dames Giving Circle Grant Competition. A highlight of the evening will be a keynote by Jaha Marie Dukureh, a leading women rights activists. For event info, log on to GreatDames.com/events.