This week at The Story Exchange, we’re celebrating Women’s History Month. The theme this year is “Women of Character, Courage, & Commitment,” which suits our entrepreneurs perfectly.

One of the year’s featured women is Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, the first disabled woman in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Duckworth joined the army in honor of her father’s military legacy; she chose to fly helicopters because that was one of few positions open to women. She was deployed to Iraq and was injured in a 2004 attack. Rep. Duckworth lost both legs and the use of one arm; she is now fully mobile, thanks to the use of prosthetics. Her career in politics was set in motion by her work with veterans’ affairs.

Rep. Duckworth’s tenacity is an inspiration to all of us at The Story Exchange. From learning to pilot a helicopter, to learning to walk again, to making her voice heard on Capitol Hill, she embodies the strength of women who simply and bravely do what needs to be done.

The women featured on our site has rolled up their sleeves to get to the work of entrepreneurship. Who are your female role models? How do they, or you, embody character, courage, & commitment?


Tell us more about your entrepreneurship journey by filling out our 1000 Stories form. Or if you’re under 35, apply to be part of our Young Women to Watch List.