Words We Heard: 'How do we empower girls to view themselves as leaders?'

It's been a busy, busy week for Women of Cincy. Between announcing our next community event (a picnic potluck Saturday, August 19th, at Burnet Woods!); dropping our latest story showcasing Emerald Sparks, certified badass Cincy woman and financial strategist; and our co-founder and editorial director, Kiersten, getting married on Saturday, you could say it's been a hectic couple of days. With Kiersten a little preoccupied on her way to Costa Rica, I'm here today to share with you some of the food for thought we encountered this week. As always, feel free to drop us a note and let us know your thoughts.


  • "I don’t think you need to live a life of denying yourself to be financially smart." –Emerald Sparks, financial strategist, in an interview with Women of Cincy
  • "I respect and honor police officers. My mom has raised us to do that, all of us do. But I will never honor and respect police officers who are violating the laws, and then respect the society that allows that to happen ... Sam was judged by the jurors who didn't want to convict because they valued Tensing's life more." –Terina Allen, sister of Sam DuBose, in a statement following the announcement from Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters that there will not be a third trial against Ray Tensing, the police officer who shot and killed DuBose during a traffic stop, as reported by WLWT 
  • "This council is about promoting women and girls, both in the larger scheme – which is stuff like pay equity – but it's also the little stuff: How do we empower girls to view themselves as leaders in the business community, in elected office." –Denise Driehaus, Hamilton County Commissioner, on launching Hamilton County's first Women and Girls Council, as quoted in an interview with WCPO
  • "I'd like to see it become a hub for the community. One thing we were looking to do was create a community gathering place." –Shawntee Stallworth-Schramm, co-owner of the Muse Cafe in Westwood set to open at the end of the month, in an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer
  • "artists are ppl compelled to bring beauty into a world that can be so dark. makes sense then that artists are always conscious of darkness..... & maybe at times made more vulnerable by it? i don't know. life can be relentless. heart hurts for Chester's family/band/friends/fans." –Hayley Williams, lead singer of Paramore, on the death of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, on her personal Twitter account
  • “People go 'Roger, you work with the homeless. You have a shelter. You don't want us to give?' No, I don't want you to give. I love the homeless as much as I do my kids. You’ve got to challenge them." –Roger Howell, president of City Gospel Mission, on the city's position on panhandling bans, in an interview with WCPO