Women’s History: May 6

6 May

Audrey Hepburn: Humanitarian

Thank you to my friend Jenny for inspiring this story.  Today I want to recognize Audrey Hepburn.  While I know Hepburn is widely known as one of the most recognizable actors of the 20th century, I would like to acknowledge her campaign for human rights.

For the latter part of her life, Hepburn was the face of United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).  In 1989, Hepburn became the Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF, not just in name or for the title, but to make a difference. Hepburn took her role very seriously, working tirelessly to help impoverished children around the world. Spending time in some of the poorest countries in Africa, South America, and Asia, she wore her heart on her sleeve, as evidenced in her own words:

 I went into rebel country and saw mothers and their children who had walked for ten days, even three weeks, looking for food, settling onto the desert floor into makeshift camps where they may die. Horrible. That image is too much for me. The ‘Third World’ is a term I don’t like very much, because we’re all one world. I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering.

What a magnificent legacy she has left.  I know she has inspired me and hope she inspires generations of do–gooders to follow. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992.  Click here to learn more about this magnificent woman.

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