“Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing is so gentle as real strength.” ~ Saint Francis de Sales

Welcome, San Clemente to our Women’s Issue! This month, we celebrate the women of San Clemente. Our Movers and Shakers – women like Maria Brophy, Missy Will, Alana Yarbrough, Kristen Ritzau, Stephanie Fleming, Lisa Adams and Regina Piazza inspire and encourage us with their stories of success. Baby Boomer Boss, May Yacoob and Resilient Artist, Allison Adams point to the endless and varied opportunities women have to be brave and rise above.

As Allison Adams’ Groundbreaking Girls project and exhibit reminds us, we have a rich legacy of inspiring women to reflect upon as well. We are moved by women like Harriet Tubman who was born a slave and suffered from a brain injury, yet became an abolitionist and freed hundreds of slaves in her lifetime. Or Helen Keller who was blind and deaf yet went on to be one of the most educated, influential humanitarians of the 20th century.

These women from history remind us of other modern-day world changers like Malala Yousafzai who stood up to the Taliban, was shot in the head and survived. After recovering, she went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 and has continued to advocate for the rights of girls to get an education. In her book, I Am Malala she says, “Once, I had asked God for one or two extra inches in height, but instead he made me as tall as the sky, so high that I could not measure myself.”

We celebrate this long line of inspiring women, and we cherish the ones in our lives who are as tall as the sky. As we take time to celebrate, we are reminded of something extraordinary – the quality women have to embody both strength and gentleness, at the same time. We send a special note of gratitude and love to all the wonderful women right here in our beloved city, and to everyone – women, men and children alike: we wish you a beautiful May!

May your month be in full bloom, San Clemente.

Lindsay Linegar, Editor