Women’s voices and viewpoints must be part of every conversation. This is true at work, at home, at school, in policy arenas, at peace tables, on panel discussions, and in the corporate boardroom. We must also document the stories of women’s lives and accomplishments. History more often than not reflects men’s stories. We often forget — and then constantly rediscover — the women who have come before us. These are women like Ida B. Wells, Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Rosa Parks, Indira Gandhi, Jeannette Rankin, Gabriela Mistral, and Arabella Mansfield. And there are thousands more, in science, politics, business, journalism, and art.
I recently participated in Matt Scott’s popular podcast, 180º of Impact. Matt brought four women together for this conversation, women of different experiences, backgrounds, and personal stories. What Rachel MacKnight, Annalisa van den Bergh, Deloris Wilson and I shared on the podcast were our passion and commitment to engaging others, telling women’s stories, and uplifting women’s voices and experiences. Click here to listen.
I hope that you are encouraged to take action, whether by telling your story, speaking up in a meeting, making sure you don’t participate on a “manel” (an all male panel), supporting a woman-owned business, or making sure to acknowledge women’s expertise and talent.