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This inspiring open letter to the country from 100 women of color will energize you.

You're invited to come together in solidarity for 100 hours to face all that lies ahead.

This inspiring open letter to the country from 100 women of color will energize you.

The day after the presidential election, things felt as divisive as ever.

Now, 100 prominent leaders — all women of color — have written an open letter to move forward, together.

#Our100 is a community of women who take action together to end racism, sexism, and misogynistic policies in politics and government. This beautiful and hopeful movement offers a vision of unity for the future in their open letter.


These inspiring women are inviting everyone to attend community events throughout the country for the 100 hours following the election to reflect, heal, and recommit to fighting against all issues of inequality that still plague women. This is especially important given the horribly divisive rhetoric we heard about minorities and women during the campaign from now president-elect Donald Trump.

Their open letter supports a vision where all women can live with dignity and thrive in the face of inequality.

The first paragraph of the letter from 100 women of color leaders is below:

"This morning, we come together to declare our resolve. Many of us are holding our babies, families, and loved ones close. We know that there is tremendous suffering and anger in this country, yet we stand here today, determined. After an election rife with the politics of division and hate, today we open a new chapter in our country’s long, difficult journey towards the promise of liberty and justice for all.

You can read the full letter and take the #Our100 pledge at their website, www.our100.org.

This letter acknowledges that the election results are perhaps not what was best for all women, especially women of color — but it also charts a way forward.

We didn't hear a lot from Trump about how he would advance women's issues (and what we did hear was not encouraging). So these women are asking us to join them as they recommit to take hold of history.

There's always hope. The women of #Our100 still have it, and so should we.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.