Two weeks ago, my column ended with a now-famous quotation by Pulitzer Prizewinning American historian and Harvard professor, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

It appeared in an obscure article about little-known Puritan funeral services and the role in women in them.

The quotation? “Well-behaved women seldom make history.”

Seldom, but not never.

In September of 2001, Wendy Steele, a corporate leader, entrepreneur, and civic volunteer, gave birth to an idea and named it Impact 100.

The idea is this: Impact 100 would consist of at least 100 women members, each contributing $1,000. These funds would be pooled and fully donated as transformation grants of no less than $100,000 to nonprofit organizations serving Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Eastern Indiana region.

The Cincinnati chapter has donated over $5.5 million in its nearly 20-year life.

Wendy’s idea caught fire, and women from all over the country — and now the world — began to link arms with her, creating Impact 100 chapters in their own communities.

Think about it: Women inviting other women to gather, give, invite area non-profits to submit grants for consideration, and collaboratively decide on which needs should be served with the funds generously donated that year by Impact’s members.

Read the full article here:  Thank you to the women of IMPACT 100 _ Features _