International Women’s Day – 2017

InternationalWomensDay-portrait

Happy International Women’s Day! This very special day has its history going back as far as 1908 and is fundamentally rooted in equality of the genders. This year, the call is to “think globally and act locally” in proactively shaping a world that is inclusive, safe, and fair for women around the world.

The campaign this year is #BeBoldForChange, and all are encouraged to sign up to either: challenge bias and inequality, campaign against violence, forge women’s advancement, celebrate women’s achievement, or champion women’s education.

In the past, I quietly celebrated or supported International Women’s Day. Not because I was embarrassed to offer my support or anything, but because I was still trying to figure out the best way to be an ally and a steward. I thought that it important that the voices put up on pedestals or risen up be, you know, coming from a woman; and that as a man I’d be diluting the enthusiasm of this important day if I was too vocal in my support. After many conversations with trusted and close friends, all of whom are badass women that I greatly admire and who are “Crushin’ it” on the regular, those days are in the past. Today I shall proudly wear my International Women’s Day t-shirt, and enthusiastically/unapologetically celebrate women’s achievement, while understanding that there’s still so much more work to be done.

Some recent #WCW activity

Congresswomen wearing Suffrage White during President Trump’s Congress speech

Congress_Suffrage-White

The Women of NASA Lego set to be released

Women of Nasa

Accepted proposal submitted by science writer Maia Weinstock includes:

  • Margaret Hamilton: Computer scientist (and my first #WCW!)
  • Katherine Johnson: NASA mathematician recently featured in Hidden Figures
  • Sally Ride: the first U.S. woman in space
  • Nancy Grace Roman: NASA chief astronomer
  • Mae Jemison: first African-American woman in space

This statue of a young girl defiantly staring down the famous Wall Street bull

Wall-Street_girl

“Today, we are calling on companies to take concrete steps to increase gender diversity on their boards, and have issued clear guidance to help them begin to take action,” State Street Global Advisors CEO Ron O’Hanley said in a statement.

 

 

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