Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc.

University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign

Defining what a Woman is?

There are many ways to define a woman: daughter, mother, wife, professional, friend, student... We are each special and unique, yet we share a common connection. What bonds all women are our mutual experiences of loving and learning: feeling the tenderness of love; forging lifelong friendships; pursuing a chosen career; giving birth to new life; as well as juggling the responsibilities of a job and a family. It is important that we as women come together so that we can learn to encourage and empower each other and ourselves. At this time, in this world, and in this society we deal with enough on a day-to-day basis that we allow to discourage and bring us down. We have to stop the negativity amongst each other to prosper and become more humble. We must remember that we as women all at some point in time go through similar situations that we can only learn from. It is also quite often easier to remember what we do not have as oppose to what we do have. But we must always remember and keep in mind...we are all equally important, equally beautiful, and most importantly we are all WOMEN! 

          Women of Inspiration

Top 5 most powerful women

#1.) Condoleezza Rice - Secretary of state U.S.

She is the first African-American woman to become the U.S. secretary of state. She advises the leader of the world's largest superpower and has an unparalleled level of trust with and access to the president. And she has served two other U.S. presidents, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. For all of these reasons, and more, Rice, 50, is the most powerful woman in the world (forbes.com).

#2.) Wu Yi - Vice Premier, minister of health China

Having risen up the ranks of China's Communist Party leadership since 1962, Wu Yi, 66, became a member of the Central Committee in 2002, adding the post of minister of health in 2003. Wu Yi has been busy this year as she helps China battle disgruntled textile manufacturers, due to the lifting of World Trade Organization quotas (forbes.com).

#3.) Yulia Tymoshenko - Former prime minister Ukraine

Tymoshenko, 44, was one of the leaders of Ukraine's Orange Revolution last fall that toppled a stagnant, corrupt regime. For her support, the country's new president, Victor Yushchenko, appointed her prime minister, a post she is using forcefully to shake up Ukrainian oligarchs (forbes.com).

#4.) Gloria Arroyo - President  Philippines

After donning the mantle of president in 2001, Arroyo tried to work diligently on her governing platform, which includes the eradication of poverty, which helped her win re-election in 2004. Nevertheless, despite a growing economy (in 2004, the Philippines economy grew an estimated 6.1%, up from 4.7% in 2003), Arroyo's stewardship has been burdened by a Muslim insurgency and the Philippines' designation as the second most corrupt country in Asia (forbes.com).

#5.) Margaret (Meg) Whitman - Chief executive, eBay U.S.

As ruler of the world's biggest online auction site, Whitman, 49, has successfully beaten back stiff competition from Amazon.com and Yahoo! To do that, she has swiftly fixed any problems, has faithfully tried to weed out the fakes on her site and has posted a consistent flow of profits, making eBay the world's most valuable Internet brand (forbes.com).

Empowering Quotes

I am a woman above everything else. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.  Mitsugi Saotome

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. George Bernard Shaw:

Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. HH the Dalai Lama

The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed. Richard B. Sheridan

Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. Ronald E. Osborn

Our greatest battles are that with our own minds.
Jameson Frank

Mermaid Joke

Once upon a time.... these three guys are out having a relaxing
day fishing. Out of the blue, they catch a mermaid who begs
to be set
free in return for granting each of them a wish. Now one of
the guys just
doesn't believe it, and says:
"Ok, if you can really grant wishes, then double my I.Q."
The mermaid says: "Done."
Suddenly, the guy starts reciting Shakespeare flawlessly and
analysing it with extreme insight. The second guy is so
amazed he says to
the mermaid:
"Wow, can you triple my I.Q.?" The mermaid says: "Done."
The guy starts to spout out all the mathematical solutions to
problems that have been stumping all the scientists of
varying fields:
physics, chemistry, etc.
The last guy is so enthralled with the changes in his
friends,
that he says to the mermaid: "Quintiple my I.Q." The mermaid
looks at
him and says: "You know, I normally don't try to change
people's minds
when they make a wish, but I really wish you'd reconsider."
The guy says: "Nope, I want you to increase my I.Q. times
five,
and if you don't do it, I won't set you free." "Please, "
says the mermaid
"You don't know what you're asking...it'll change your entire
view on
the universe...won't you ask for something else...a million
dollars,
anything?"
But no matter what the mermaid said, the guy insisted on
having
his I.Q. increased by five times its usual power. So the
mermaid sighed
and said: "Done."
And he became a woman.