FEM Inc. believes that greatness exists everywhere. Despite stereotypes to the contrary, there isn’t a single model for the real heroes in our society. We believe there needs to be a greater range and diversity of inspirational stories – heroism is universal. For this purpose, we created a video in the spirit of highlighting the positive, sharing the personal, and reflecting on the tremendous influence so many women have had upon our lives who do not fit the traditional mold. In fact, they have broken the glass ceiling, challenged the norms, and created new models for power and leadership. This project, called (s)heroes, is our contribution towards creating a broader, more participatory narrative of what and whom the heroes are around us.
The term “shero” was made famous by poet and literary genius Maya Angelou. In her honor, our (s)heroes project wants to recognize the groundbreaking, courageous acts and enormous contribution of women from diverse backgrounds who are all around us, telling a different story about what makes someone a hero to someone else. We begin with a daughter and her mother.
We hope that (s)heroes supports a new narrative about women, power and who the “heroes” are in our society. We invite you to share your perspective, nominate a shero, and ask your favorite sheroes about their experiences by participating in the dialogue @askthesheros and #AsktheSheroes!
Our sincere thanks to Jackie (Zider) Peradotto for telling her story about why her incredible mother, Linda Elliott Zider, is her shero.