INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY GLOBAL CITIZEN LISA DASTEEL SHARES LIFE EXPERIENCES OVER DECADES | DUAL CITIZEN OF ITALY AND U.S. | WORLD TRAVELER: TWO PART AUDIO INTERVIEW
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day takes place on March 8th each year as a celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world, and took place for the first time on March 8, 1911.
This International Women’s Day, Sisterhood Sharing Sessions celebrates everyday women who have the unique title of global citizens and are part of a cultural experience that spans the globe. On this Women’s Day of celebrations, we interviewed our Sisterhood Share Club Contributors with personal and cultural ties to India, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland, who shared their unique global experiences as women.
Global Citizen Lisa Dasteel
This International Women’s Day Global Citizen Lisa Dasteel shares interesting insights into experiences and memorable moments coming of age as a woman, that span across decades and countries as a world traveler.
She recalls the experiences of her mother who was born in 1921, just one year after women in the United States received the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. A key memory for her.
Lisa discusses the death of her father at a very early age to Lupus, an autoimmune disease. She reflects on being a witness to gender inequities related to her mother’s options as a widowed woman in an age when women had limited economic opportunities and the consequences of dire decisions. Her participation as a pioneer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC). Her time as a Film Production Coordinator and a thwarted Me Too Moment, to her first empowerment moment as a young girl which was encouraged by her Grandmother and instilled in her by a pivotal decision made by her Great Grandfather to protect his children.
What’s In A Name
The significance of these combined experiences may very well have shaped self-awareness in Lisa’s youth, as she discovers what’s in a name. As a direct reflection of these life-defining moments, she learned and came to recognize not only the power in a name (or pronoun) but the importance of creating a self-identity behind it, and the power to make our own decisions in life that allows us to create our own path.
One could surmise after a conversation with Lisa, a life lesson learned for her is that who we ultimately become as human beings, male or female, and how we travel through this world starts with a name and the identity we attach to it.
As Lisa reflects on her life so far, she states “I’ve had an amazing life. I don’t regret a single choice I’ve made. And I’m going to end it, in the most wonderful way possible.”
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