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Club Spotlight: Women Lead to Change

By Keani Willebrand in Student News

Change is a wave. It often starts with a small splash, growing and swelling, building up momentum, until finally, it skims the shoreline. The shore is changed. The imperfections in the sand, be it footprints or seaweed, are swept aside, leaving behind a smooth, sculpted shore. And wave after wave, the shore is sculpted. Change is not a one-time blow; it is an ongoing process. But with each wave, the old shoreline becomes more distant and the new shore becomes more defined. We are Fairview High School’s Women Lead to Change Club (WLTC). We pride ourselves in being the first splash in an ocean of conflict and violence. We are driven to find improvements in our world, be it at a local or global level, and we strive to become one of many waves of change. Our philosophy is simple…

There was once a story about a boy and a shore filled with beached, dying starfish. Walking along the shore, the boy flung starfish after starfish back into the water. An old man called the boy over. He told the boy, "What is the use? There are too many starfish to save!" But the boy continued to throw the starfish back into the water one by one. "I just saved one!" he said, turning to the man. He threw another, "Now I have saved two! How many have you saved?" The old man, seeing that he had done nothing, joined the boy and began throwing starfish after starfish into the water.

Change is not easy. We sometimes become overwhelmed with the task at hand. But we keep fighting. With each small step, with each starfish saved, comes the hope that others will follow—that they will see our drive and become inspired. With support, our small splash may grow into a wave. The more massive our wave becomes, the more impact we will make.

We turn to you to help us change the world. It is a big responsibility, we know, but we are optimists—we refuse to believe that our efforts are insignificant. Every action— every effort—can go a long way. Follow us in our journey. Openly participate with us.

We ask you to open your eyes and your heart. We ask you to have sympathy and understanding. We ask you to join us in our cause…

Globally, there is one suicide every forty seconds.

The average woman in an Indian brothel is just fourteen years old.

97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail.

As recently as 100 years ago, there were as many as 100,000 wild tigers living in Asia. Today, fewer than 3,200 remain.

Nearly half of the world’s population—more than 3 billion people—live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty. That's less than $1.25 a day.

Ten (about 5%) of the world's countries have 65% of the world's water resources.

What are we going to do about it? Anything and everything we can. Join us Thursday block lunches. Let’s be the change we want to see in the world.

Women Lead to Change is a student run club at Fairview. They meet in room 661 during Thursday block lunches. Members are currently involved in raising money for various projects and organizations, including those which deal with women's rights, suicide awareness, human trafficking in India, microloans for women in poverty, and wildlife conservation.

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