Who Runs The World?

By Makena Schoene
Blog & Social Media Coordinator, The Drake Community Press 

In honor of International Women’s Day, we are collecting quotes from the incredible women on staff here at DCP, as well as those working for our partner organizations, The Comparison Project and the Des Moines Area Religious Council.

Our goal, beyond promoting a culture of literacy, understanding and interfaith dialogue, also seeks to empower each and every person involved in this project. Woman, Man, Student, Professional – each person no matter their race, age or gender has the potential to achieve great things and share their voice with the world. And so we are proud to bring you the wisdom, the advice, and the words that continue to inspire our peers and mentors every day.

Be sure to check back here throughout the day as we continue to add to the global conversation, and stay tuned for updates over twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@ducommpress)!

Carol Spaulding- Kruse – Founder of the Drake Community Press
“International Women’s Day is a good occasion to be reminded that, when it comes down to it, patriarchy isn’t good for *anybody.* Boys and men of every color and background often pay dearly in unrecognized ways in body, mind, and spirit for the advantages that patriarchy confers.
Here’s to the many men in our lives who make both large life choices and small daily choices to support–in ways that can be recognized as feminist, even if they wouldn’t necessarily call it that–the women they love and care about. The men who see housework, child-rearing, relationship work, and professional growth of both partners as shared & negotiable aspects of a loving partnership.”

Molly Adamson – Student Intern, The Drake Community Press 

I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say ‘yes, women can.’ – Dilma Rousseff 
“I believe that this is something we should truly live by. We need to teach girls that can do and be anything.”
 Reverend Sarai Rice – Executive Director, Des Moines Area Religious Council 
“I have two sons in their early thirties. I am so grateful to all the young women who grew up with my sons and helped me raise them to be even stronger feminists than I am 🙂 I hope all young men and women keep fighting for women’s ability to accomplish their dreams.”


Makena Schoene – Blog & Social Media Coordinator, The Drake Community Press 
Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom. – Emma Watson
“There are varying opinions of what constitutes as ‘feminism’. As I grow older and learn more about the political and social world outside my front door, I am confronted with several ideas and notions that try to tell me what to do or say to be considered a feminist. This is not a debate over burning my bra, or the supposed over-sexualization of women in the media. I see feminism as acceptance for every woman and her personal beliefs and values. Each woman should feel empowered to be confident and feel beautiful, to be given equal opportunities and regarded for her thoughts and actions, not just her gender. Tearing down others because posing in the nude is a way they feel empowered is not the definition of feminism that I adhere to. Feminism is acceptance and support for our fellow women and men, power for all human beings.”


Sarah Mondello – Student Intern, The Drake Community Press
There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it. For if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard. – Madam C.J. Walker

Amanda O’Malley – Student Intern, The Drake Community Press 

I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.           – Audre Lorde


Photo provided by internationalwomensday.com