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Stacy Allison made history by becoming the first American woman to ever climb Mount Everest. As a Motivational Speaker, Stacy continues to inspire people all over the world with her story of perseverance, determination and success. Now, Stacy reveals the influential women who inspired her on her road to achieving monumental success.
Q: When you were a little girl, did you have a female role model? Who?
A: Two, my mother and Joan of Arc. My mother raised 5 children and worked full-time. She sacrificed for us. Growing up we skied every weekend in the winter, took piano lessons, and tap dancing lessons. She embedded in us that you must be able to depend on yourself and that education was of the utmost importance. She taught her children to take risks, learn to fail, pick yourself back up, and move forward. She is the strongest woman I know…even at the age of 80 she continues to inspire me, leading a generous, adventurous, healthy life. As a young girl I used to fantasize about being Joan of Arc. She was only in her late teens when she led in battle the Hundred Years’ War. She was willing to risk her life for what she believed, to participate in a male dominated arena, to make a difference, and contribute to her country.
Q: If so, what about her inspired you? Did you apply it to help accomplish your goals?
A: Both these women taught me to look within to figure out what is important to me, not to depend on what my friends, peers, family, or even society thinks is important. The importance of believing in myself, taking risks, understanding that failure as part of the process towards success, learning from failure to pick myself up and move forward. My mother also taught me forgiveness and gratitude. And, to LAUGH and find joy in life.
Q: Since you have become a public figure, is there a little girl that you inspire? If so, in what ways did you help her?
A: Every year I receive several requests from students, both girls and boys, for interviews. They want to do a history project on me. I’m always humbled and honored. So, I suppose I do inspire young people. To them I always talk about risk, commitment, failure, being true to yourself.
Q: In your opinion, who is the most inspirational woman in history? Why?
A: I’m not sure. However, I believe the most influential women are the unsung heroines, the women in our everyday lives, whom we are the closest to, like our mothers, our grandmothers, aunts, sisters, friends, our bosses, and women in our own communities. These women may not make the national or world stage, but they consistently touch our lives in meaningful ways that truly make a difference.
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