Women Celebrating Women
The word inspire is defined as the act of filling someone with the urge or ability to do something, and here in Chattanooga, we have no shortage of incredible women who motivate those around them day in and day out. Whether they intentionally set out to be a role model or random acts of kindness are simply in their DNA, these women are making the world a better place. Read on to learn more about the individuals who encourage others to be the best version of themselves, told by those they inspired most.
Photography by Rich Smith
inspired: Martina Suttle Harris
inspiration: Elizabeth Suttle Stamper
When asked what women in my life inspire me the most, I immediately think of my mother Linda and my sister Elizabeth (Liz). Both of these women are phenomenal and have forever been my biggest cheerleaders, but my sister Liz holds a special place in my heart, as she is the epitome of what it means to persevere. Over the years, I have watched my sister make sacrifices on many occasions to ensure that she can provide for her children and grandchildren. She is the most unselfish person you will ever meet.
Although my sister and I chose different career paths, she has always been vital to my accomplishments. She is constantly behind the scenes listening and encouraging me to dream big and never give up. When I think of how my sister has encouraged me throughout the years and never worried about being in the “light,” one of my favorite songs sums up my feelings:
Did you ever know that you’re my hero? You’re everything I wish I could be. I could fly higher than an eagle, for you are the wind beneath my wings. Thank God for you, my sister.
“Liz is constantly behind the scenes listening and encouraging me to dream big and never give up.”