Today, the impact of true women’s empowerment can be seen everywhere. We are shattering glass ceilings, putting our self-care first, raising our voices when we are wronged, lifting up fellow women around us, and doing so much more (although that isn’t new). And while we still have strides to make, we’ve definitely come a long way from where we were decades ago.
In all of the female frenzy, it can be easy to forget the men that have always done great things to not only support the women around them, but their community as a whole. This is why I love our Annual Men’s Issue. It is our chance to highlight these standout guys—and these pages are packed with them! From a Paralympian and a health advocate to nonprofit heroes, turn to page 39 to meet nine men who are making a difference in Atlanta.
If those stories aren’t inspiring enough, our article on the Bricks for Bali fundraiser (p.65) will warm your heart. Launched by Atlanta fitness icon, Tony de Leede, and his wife, Sue, the campaign aims to build a small hospital in a rural area of the Indonesian island, Bali. The facility will bring critical health services to one of the poorest populations in the world.
The heartwarming continues with our My Best Self profile on James A. Bailey. This retired Army nurse and massage therapist is one of the countless number of men around the country who have taken on the role of primary caregiver for someone they love. On page 70, the Decatur resident discusses what putting the needs of others before your own looks like on an everyday basis.
So, if you know an extraordinary man, be sure to thank him for the positive impact he has on your life and on others. No matter who we are, we could all use support, encouragement, and gratitude.
And speaking of those who make an impact, our Best of 2019 contest is around the corner. We want to hear about the businesses and professionals that you loved this year! Visit www.bestselfatlanta.com to learn more about our newly revamped categories and contest details.