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“I’m thankful for my birth mother for always supporting me and staying by my side." - Sikkiim Hamilton

“I am extremely thankful for my mom. She was able to give up her entire career to come to a foreign country and take care of her children. A career she worked day and night to earn degrees and her Ph.D for. Even after building such a great background in her edu- cation, she was able to put aside her desires, in order to provide her children with a better life with more opportunities. Apart from her tremendous sacrifices, she was able to transfer her culture and morals to me to make sure that I don’t forget my own roots. Regardless of being rewarded such knowledge through hard work, she maintained a down to earth aura that amazes me to this day. I am privileged to have such a caring determined and passionate woman as my mother and am even more blessed to share her blood and character." -Diyah, Florida

“I’m thankful for my mom because even though we have our differences she always wants what is best for me."- Matt Dederick

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"Malala Yousafzai and Madeline Albright. Malala because she advocated for education through adversity and personal challenges, and Albright because she was the first woman Secretary of State in the US, a position that was almost reserved for men before her term." - Gamin Kim

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"Michelle Obama for her grace and leadership. Her most inspiring moment for me was at the Democratic National Convention where she says “when they go low, we go high” in response to the rhetoric her and other women faced from President Trump. It speaks volumes to what character is acceptable and what embodies true leadership, most especially in when facing attacks that seem unfair."- Tyree Ransom

"My great grandmother- for being unconventional, successful, and curious in a time where women were none of these."- Charlotte Slovin

"I’m thankful for my mother, which you’ve probably heard a lot, but I’m especially thankful of how much she pushes herself to learn about and understand me, while still being fun and funny and an all around lovely person. I’m so lucky to know someone like her and I want everyone to know how great she is!" - Logan Boomer

"Nikki Haley, our ambassador to the United Nations, is a first generation American whose parents came to the United States as immigrants from India and built a successful life for themselves and their children. Nikki and her family truly embody the American Dream. She is not only the first woman elected as Governor of South Carolina, but the first Indian American woman to accomplish this. Nikki is not only a role model for women and young girls across the world, but is a champion for Conservative principles and is a representative for the millions of conservative women in our country. Nikki has taken the United Nations by storm and has regained the level of respect that the United States deserves on the international stage. Nikki is standing up to the retrogressive regimes that wreak havoc on our world in order to bring peace and make change. Nikki also serves on the National security council under President Trump to maintain our country's health and security. I think she should be recognized!" - Phoenix Berman, Florida

 "I’m thankful for my mom. She has risen to the top of an industry in which men usually dominate. She is one of the few women who occupy her role, and I am inspired by her achievements everyday when I watch as she refuses to let the fact that she is a woman set her back or silence her. Everyone knows not to mess with my mom. She remains kind and warm-hearted but doesn’t allow herself or anyone to be treated in ways they don’t deserve. On top of working incredibly hard everyday, she makes time to be an incredible mother and has had such loving devotion to raising my sister and me. I don’t know how she balances everything she does, but she never fails to inspire to me to be the best, most hard-working version of myself I possibly can." - Charlotte Kramon

“I’m thankful for my mom for leaving her abusive husband and showing me and my sisters that wom- en can support themselves without a man. She taught me to stand up for what I believe in, no matter what others may say. She loved me so I could learn to love myself.” - South Korea

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" I am grateful for Eleanor Roosevelt, one of most outstanding First Ladies. She not only talked the talk, she walked the walk. She horrified Washington by dancing with an African American. She said, "Americans, after all, “come from all the nations of the world,” and as some of us have remarked, we may be “the only proof that different nationalities could live together in peace and understanding, each bringing his own contribution, different though it may be, to the final unity which is the United States" - Karen B. Prosser

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"Emma Goldman, easily the most underrated figure in American history. She was an outspoken activist in the early 20th century. Fighting for birth control and urging her followers not to register for the draft. She was a major figure in her time but most people haven't even heard of her." - Zachary Hagen Smith

“I’m thankful for my school teacher, because she is my mom and always believes in me and my dreams, no matter how big they are.” -Mexico

“ I’m thankful for my mom because even though we have our differences she always wants what is best for me.” -Matt Dederick

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“I’m thankful for Emma Watson because she’s advocating for equality everywhere including in politics and in the performing arts business. I’m also extremely thankful for Michelle Obama. She’s taught this country so much about class, kindness, and leadership.” - Shayna Gerard

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“Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female justice ever to be appointed to serve on the Supreme Court. She on the board of directors for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and was a strong proponent of equality and women’s rights. And thank you Eunice for doing this; we need women to look up to.” - Judy Zhang

“ I’m thankful for my PhD advisor. She is incredibly intelligent and offers a unique scientific perspective which helps guide our research. She is strong, courageous, and unafraid to try and push norms and traditions set as precedent before as a woman in the field of biological research. She has tried to pave a path in the field for other women and people to follow as well for the sake of progress and benefit to all”. - Adam Cohen

“I’m thankful for my mother, which you’ve probably heard a lot, but I’m especially thankful of how much she pushes herself to learn about and understand me, while still being fun and funny and an all around lovely person. I’m so lucky to know someone like her and I want everyone to know how great she is!” - Logan Boomer

“ A woman I’m thankful for? My girlfriend. She listens so patiently to me and puts up with me ruining the mood with bitmojis, which I find way funnier than any human being should. Long distance is tough on anybody, but I’m her first girlfriend and she’s a total goddess through everything that her family and homophobic people in Saskatchewan put her through. I owe my sanity to her, and even though we’re in Canada and our Thanksgiving is over, I’m so thankful that she’s in my life, and that she wants to stay in it. ” - Audrey Coolidge, Canada

“ I’m thankful for each and every woman that has had the courage to stand up against sexual predators that are in powerful positions. There is a depressingly long list of men in Hollywood who have been accused of sexual assault and harassment and I’m sure there are plenty more guilty that are to be named..and this is just in the entertainment industry. Every woman who made a statement put their careers and private life out in the open when it was not even guaranteed that all the public backlash they would get both for and against them would bring them justice. It still brings a lot of hope that maybe things will change and at the very least shows bravery toward young women today so that they won’t feel like they have to just endure it or brush it off. This thanksgiving, I’ll give thanks to the women who shared their stories and truths , in spite of the consequences that it brought them because they have opened the doors for other women to start speaking their truths.” - Hannah Ji

“ I’m thankful for my mom because she is a strong and amazing woman who has truly taught me how hard work and determination can pay off. She worked her way up to becoming a leader in her field and is able to balance an amazing career and motherhood.” - Alyse Rovner

“ My great grandmother- for being unconventional, successful, and curious in a time where women were none of these.” - Charlotte Slovin

“ I’m thankful for my grandmother for showing me how valuable education is, especially since she never got a chance to get one.” -Guatemala

“I’m thankful for my mom for leaving her abusive husband and showing me and my sisters that women can support themselves without a man. She taught me to stand up for what I believe in, no matter what others may say. She loved me so I could learn to love myself.”-South Korea

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“I’m thankful for Priyanka Chopra. She inspires me to become an actress like her, and take on roles that break gender stereotypes.” -India

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“ Ellen Degeneres would be the one I’m most thankful for, as she was a role model to me at a specific time in my life when I wasn’t doing so great emotionally. She taught me to not take life so seriously and to be okay with being gay. “ -Raymar Lagos

“This one isn't a famous person but I look up to my nainai (grandma in Chinese) because she always stands for what she thinks is right. When she was younger she participated political rallies in China and as of now, even though she's old fashioned she's open to change! As seen when I taught her to dab, but also more importantly when she taught me about the importance of being open minded” -Melinda Zhou