Rosa Louise Parks died yesterday. I like how Writer Lisa Renaud boiled-down Parks' role in American history in this 1999 piece:
"It seemed like a typical trip home on a crowded bus in Montgomery, Ala., on the evening of Dec. 1, 1955 -- until the bus driver asked a black seamstress named Rosa Parks to give up her seat to a white man. Parks decided she'd had enough of being treated like a second-class citizen. Her refusal to move led to her arrest and ignited a protest that sent shock waves throughout the country. Led by a young minister named Martin Luther King Jr., the city's African-American community began boycotting the bus system. Parks lost her job and became the focus of constant harassment. Nevertheless, she pressed her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which overturned Montgomery's segregation laws in 1956 -- because of the courage of a woman who dared to say no to social injustice."
As Jory recently wrote after she, Elisa and I read your survey feedback, BlogHer's long-term vision is to deliberately catalyze and support leadership by wired women. The definition of leadership is quite personal, I think, and for me leadership means the courage to walk your talk. To have the grit to stand up -- or, in the case of Ms. Parks, to sit down -- for what you believe. In public. Even when you don't want to, or you'd really rather just get home and put your feet up. So I have to take this moment to celebrate the true grit of Rosa Parks, who has been an inspiration to me my entire life, and whose memory will shame me if I ever decide I'm just too tired after a day of work, kid-schlepping, cooking and cleaning up to act on my beliefs.
Which leads me to my questions: Who has inspired you in your life? Who inspires you now?