Phenomenal Women

I CHOSE THIS NAME FOR THIS PAGE TO HONOR MAYA ANGELOU. WE ALL KNOW THE NAME BUT HER LIFE LESSONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS GO FAR BEYOND POET AND AUTHOR. LIKE MANY WOMEN MAYA GREW UP WITH HARD KNOCKS AND LAND MINES IN FRONT OF HER. BECOMING A MOTHER AT AGE 16 DID NOT END HER DRIVE. HER AMBITION TO FOLLOW HER TALENTS AND DREAMS TO AN EARLY CAREER OF DANCING, ACTING AND SINGING PREVAILED. IT WASN’T UNTIL THE LATE 60’S THAT MAYA ANGELOU WAS ENCOURAGED TO WRITE A MEMOIR ABOUT HER DIFFICULT CHILDHOOD AND YOUNG ADULT YEARS. THE WISDOM AND POIGNANT RAW HONESTY OF “I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS”, BECAME A BEST-SELLER. IT NOT ONLY MADE HER A STAR BUT ENCOURAGED GENERATIONS OF WOMEN TO RISE ABOVE CIRCUMSTANCES, FIND THEIR PASSION AND LIVE THEIR BEST LIFE.

ON THIS PAGE YOU WILL FIND CURRENT STORIES OF EVERYDAY “PHENOMENAL WOMEN”. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR REACTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR OTHER WOMEN YOU KNOW WITH UPLIFTING STORIES TO TELL.


IN BECCA’S WORDS, “TELL ME YOUR STORY”.

ALTHOUGH YOU MAY HAVE SEEN OR PURCHASED THISTLE FARMS BATH AND BODY CARE PRODUCTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW THE STORY BEHIND THE COMPANY. BECCA STEVENS CREATED THE COMPANY TO SUPPORT HER RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM FOR HOMELESS, MARGINALIZED WOMEN IN THE LATE ‘90’s. BECCA, HERSELF A SURVIVOR OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE, STARTED PROVIDING HOUSING, MEDICAL CARE AND EDUCATION FOR WOMEN ON THE STREETS. WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED, AND BECAUSE OF BECCA’S OWN EMPATHY AND COMPASSION, AND HER WILLINGNESS TO LISTEN TO THEIR STORIES, SHE INVITED THE WOMEN TO STAY FOR UP TO TWO YEARS.
BECCA FOUNDED THE THISTLE FARMS PRODUCTS IN 2001 TO HELP HER WOMEN MAKE MONEY TO MOVE ON WITH THEIR LIVES. STARTING WITH JUST A HANDFUL OF HER WOMEN THEY HAVE BUILT THE COMPANY TO EMPLOY 70 OF MOSTLY HER RESIDENTIAL WOMEN. 200 WOMEN HAVE TURNED THEIR WORLDS AROUND THANKS TO BECCA’S WILLINGNESS TO HEAR THEIR STORIES AND CREATE A HOME WHERE RESILIENT WOMEN CAN HELP EACH OTHER THRIVE.

BECCA YOU ARE INSPIRING