Inspiring words from the women of this generation who conquered and succeeded over life’s most difficult struggles.
Liz Murray: poor, alone and homeless, now an inspiration
Born in the Bronx, New York, Elizabeth “Liz” Murray, to poor, drug addict and HIV-infected parents. She lost her mom to AIDS at the age of fifteen and then her dad decided to move to a shelter for the homeless, leaving Murray literally alone and homeless. Her life’s turning point happened when she attended Humanities Preparatory school in Chelsea, Manhattan. While attending school, she was also supporting herself and her sister. After two years, she finished high school and was fortunately awarded by The New York Times with an educational scholarship for the needy and then was admitted to Harvard University in the fall 2000. Unfortunately, she had to leave Harvard in 2003 to tend to her sick father. She continued her study in the nearby Columbia University. Following her father’s death due to AIDS in 2006, she went back to Harvard to finish her Psychology degree in June 2009.
Murray is now a professional speaker from the Washington Speakers Bureau, helping transform others lives and giving inspiration to others to rise and pick themselves up no matter what their circumstances are.
Jessica Cox: flying planes without upper limbs
Jessica Cox was born in Tucson, Arizona with a rare condition leaving her with no arms. Despite of her disability, Jessica successfully earned a degree in Psychology. Even without her arms, she is able to write, type (her typing speed is 25 wpm), drive a car with her no-restrictions license, brush her hair and use the phone using her feet. Aside from these, she is also a dancer and has an impressive double-black belt in Tae Kwon Do. To top everything, she is also a certified pilot; she flies a special rudder-less lightweight aircraft called Ercoupe. It took her three years to complete her pilot license, with the help of three instructors and 89 hours of practice flying. Jessica Cox is the first ever armless pilot.