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born 1970

Many feared the worst on Jan. 8, 2011, when a gunman shot Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in the head while she was out meeting with constituents in her Arizona district.

But since that day, Gabby has inspired us all with her dogged determination to reclaim her life and continue in public service. In her own words, she is "better, tougher, stronger."

Her focus now: Americans for Responsible Solutions, an organization she founded with husband Mark Kelly. Its goal is to find ways to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and prevent what happened to her from happening to others.

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her quotes

all quotes by Gabby Giffords (13)

"Pursue your passion, and everything else will fall into place. This is not being romantic. This is the highest order of pragmatism."

Scripps commencement address | may 2009

"The safety of the world, in some sense, depends on your saying "no" to inhumane ideas. Standing up for one's own integrity makes you no friends. It is costly. Yet defiance of the mob, in the service of that which is right, is one of the highest expressions of courage I know."

Find the Calling of Your Heart | may 2009

"Nobody ever made a breakthrough creating bland and safe repetitions of what others had done before them."

Find the Calling of Your Heart | may 2009

"Whatever it is that is calling to you, I urge you to ignore the voices that are telling you what you ought to do with your career and your family choices."

Find the Calling of Your Heart | may 2009

"When you tune out the critical voices in your head and embrace what your heart is saying, you don’t just make your own life better. You make the world better."

Find the Calling of Your Heart | may 2009

"You cannot authentically live anyone’s life but your own. That is the deal life offers us."

Find the Calling of Your Heart | may 2009

"Follow the passion inside your heart and listen to its voice above all others . ... What it says to you in the years ahead may surprise you and invert the notions of how you thought your life would turn out."

Find the Calling of Your Heart | may 2009

"I believe we all have courage inside. I wish there was more courage in Congress."

Profiles in Courage Award | may 2013

"Stopping gun violence takes courage—the courage to do what’s right, the courage of new ideas."

national tour to promote tougher gun laws | july 2013

"Strong women get things done."

Makers Conference 2014 | february 2014

"My spirit's as strong as ever. I'm still fighting to make the world a better place and you can too."

TED talk | march 2014

"Be passionate. Be courageous. Be your best."

TED talk | march 2014

"EMILY's List reminds us: when women run, women win."

EMILY's List 30th Anniversary Gala | march 2015
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curated with care by Kathleen Murray {august 2014}