How do we help women use the power that is inherent within us all? It is essential that we see other women, role models if you will, asserting themselves and creating a world of their choosing. When you see women around you doing this, you too are empowered to do the same. Our actions speak loudly, so let them speak boldly.
But it isn’t all that simple. Societal issues, like poverty and discriminating social norms, took generations to create and it won’t be fixed in ninety days or five years. We have come a long way in history, when it comes to equality for women. Though our mother’s and grandmother’s generations might be amazed at the progress our society has made, the work is not done. We can not sit back and be content, not when most organizations have stalled at having only 17% of their leadership as women. That’s right. 17%. Not 50%. No, the work is not done yet.
This was just one of the many compelling messages that resonated with me at the How Girls Save the World event at Seattle’s Town Hall on March 12, 2012. The audience was packed with people and you could feel the passion fill the room.
Sponsored by Global Washington and other local partners, this dynamic evening featured two well known speakers, Geena Davis and Christine Grumm and was facilitated by Andrea Taylor. You can find out more about these amazing women by listening to an audio of the event found here.
It was an evening of thought-provoking conversation and dialogue. As I left, I couldn’t help but feel we are on the right track in our work and in our passion for the Northwest Girls Coalition.
If you were at the talk, or have heard the audio, let us know what you thought about the event! We’ve started the conversation on our Facebook page - see you there!
(Nimisha, NWGC Leadership Council Member)