My nomination: Sisterhood

Kirthi Jayakumar
Posted December 11, 2019 from India

My second nomination for the sisterhood category is the super awesome Manasa Ram Raj.

She was in her second year at law school when we were introduced: and over only a few emails, I already knew I had found a soul sister for life. Manasa was full of dreams, passion, and a thirst for knowledge that very people I knew had and nurtured to that full extent. Just into law school, Manasa was dedicated to changemaking from the word go. Her dreams centered on building futures of justice built on the unshakeable foundation of inclusion.

In all these years since, my heart brims with pride and joy to see Manasa having not only attained that, but having opened every door wider and wider still for other women around her. Whether it is to fight child marriages or take on political dimwittery (sorry), whether it is in putting together deep and detailed research to address a lacuna in the law or in presenting powerful campaigns that encourage people to introspect on their behaviors, Manasa continues to sow seeds for sustainable change in everything she does.

But the one thing that really stands out among everything else is her dedication to the feminist movement. Her compassion and care to hold brave and safe spaces for those in need of her support, and her gentle encouragement for those who can benefit from healing have touched many lives, including my own. To me, Manasa is a powerful example of what it is to create, nurture, and hold circles of sisterhood. She is a catalyst for change, as much as she is a compassionate shoulder to lean on when the cape becomes too heavy to wear. She is a powerhouse of energy that battles hardships, as much as she is a resilient supporter who never throws judgment across. Manasa, to me, is the truest embodiment of sisterhood.

This story was submitted in response to #SpiritAwards.

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Jill Langhus
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Hello Dear Kirthi,

Thanks for sharing another great nomination, and for dear Manasa. I'm glad that you introduced Manasa to the forum and that she's part of the World Pulse sisterhood now, too:-) I'm also glad that you found each other. It sounds like you have an amazing, and special bond. Lovely and invaluable:-)

Kirthi Jayakumar
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Thank you Jill <3

Jill Langhus
Dec 16, 2019
Dec 16, 2019

You're welcome! XX

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Hello, Kirthi,

It's great to know this about Manasa. Thank you for sharing this with us. You really put an effort in your nominations. We appreciate you so much!

Kirthi Jayakumar
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Thank you Karen <3

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

You're welcome, dear birthday girl. Happy birthday again!

Manasa Ram Raj
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Kirthi, no words can thank you enough for being there for me!

Thank you so so so much! You are a true inspiration and your encouragement has gotten me so far. Can't wait to see what we have in store for 2020!!! <3 <3 <3

Lots and lots and lots of love!

Kirthi Jayakumar
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

YOU are my hero Manasa <3 *HUGS* Thank you for being so amazing. Like you said, onward and upward in 2020!

Anita Shrestha
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Good

maeann
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Thank you for nominating Manasa Ram Ra for Sisterhood. She indeed has the World Pulse Spirit.