PPMNS President and CEO Sarah Stoesz carries countless lessons from her mother with her every
day. For Mother’s Day, she shared her thoughts on a few of them with us.
My mother is the best woman I’ve ever known; she’s also the most optimistic and joyful person ever. In a way, she’s a perfect embodiment of the Planned Parenthood ethic and promise because no matter what obstacles we face, we are always certain that there are ways around them.
My mother taught me that embracing optimism and joyousness is fundamental to being human, and in fact is a human right. The Planned Parenthood community rests on these same notions, and this is why we make such a difference in people’s lives. By providing transformative, life-saving health care and education, we can lift up entire communities so that they feel optimism and joy and can lead meaningful lives of their own choosing.
There are plenty of people who would like us to close our doors, but each year we maintain our optimism and our joyful commitment to making the world a much better place through basic things like birth control. My mother taught me about this, and I love celebrating her life on Mother’s Day!