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YWCA Lancaster Women of Achievement Luncheon
YWCA Lancaster is honoring six deserving women in our community at a ceremony featuring Dr. Tererai Trent as keynote speaker. In August, Dr. Trent was honored as one of the 10 most inspirational women in the world with a life sized statue at the Statues for Equality event in New York City. She has also been touted as Oprah’s all-time favorite guest.
Dr. Trent, rooted in humble beginnings, grew up in a cattle-herding family in rural Zimbabwe, and she did not have the opportunity to go to school and determinedly taught herself to read and write from her brother’s schoolbooks. Despite being married young and having three children by the time she was 18, she never lost sight of her dreams of going to America for higher education. She wrote them down, sealed them in a tin can, and buried them under a rock. One by one, she was able to check off her accomplishments. Through hard work and belief in her dreams, she eventually earned multiple degrees, and a prominent global platform with world leaders and international businesses and audiences where she advocates for universal access to quality education.