We are pleased to present Anna Therese Day, next up amongst our Women in ELSA profiles, an award-winning independent journalist who's spent most of her career covering war and the political landscape in the Middle East.
Tell us a story about your grandma that inspired you:
I come from a family of strong-willed women. My grandmother, who is much more of a lady than the rest of us, often laughs and says that we got our determination from our grandfather; sometimes she goes a bit further and expresses embarrassment about "the kind of woman" she was. Like many women from her generation, she was financially dependent on her husband, and she endured many of the blessings and sacrifices that marriage and family in that generation entailed. But it was the collection of quiet sacrifices that she made in her life that allowed all of her daughters to get the college education she never had. It was this grandmother that helped me with my math homework and taught me the importance of making my own money. It was this grandmother who "secretly voted for Hillary" in the last major primaries because she "could have never imagined as a little girl that she might get to see a female president in her lifetime." My grandmother's humility, sacrifice, and perspective have always inspired me to be the strongest and kindest woman I can be, and I hope she gets to see the first female president in 2016!
What does success look like for you:
For me, success means being part of a generation that leaves this world at least a little bit better than it was when we entered it. But I'm really hoping for a Revolution. :)
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