Compassionate people see suffering and lean into it. When someone is struggling, their first thought is, “What can I do?”

They are deeply affected by pain, but rather than turn away from it, they harness the impact and use it to fuel themselves into action. Acts of compassion can be as simple as a ride to work on a rainy day, or as wide-reaching as organizing disaster relief efforts or founding a charity to lift up others. A helping hand, a shoulder to lean on, a light in the dark… compassionate people are the glue that holds families, friends and communities together. They keep businesses, governments and organizations on paths of positive change. They are the calm in a storm, steadily focused on making the sun shine again. But the greatest power in compassion is its ability to wake up compassion in others.


We celebrate compassionate women for their courage to face suffering head on and leading others to ask, “What can I do?”