As women we are so much to so many – mother, daughter, sister, friend, spouse/partner, caretaker and so much more. To all my fellow women from all over the globe, I commend you – for your strength, compassion and perseverance. We often put others first and care with all our being, even when it may feel like our cup is near empty. As women we challenge the status quo every day, not only for ourselves, but for the future generations of women who will follow us.
Every day, talented, inspirational women are pressing ahead and paving their own path all around us – and as a community we continue to make an impact. A great example of a woman who has risen above and paved the path for other women of generations to come is astronaut Mae Jemison. Mae was the first African-American woman to go into space, serving as a Mission Specialist aboard the space shuttle Endeavor in 1992. Mae continues to challenge each of us to aspire, persevere, take risks and put forward all we have to offer to make a difference and bring about change.
This Women’s History Month, let us pause and reflect on the progress we have made and the work that still needs to be done, but most of all to recognize the extraordinary role that ordinary women have played in history and the role we will continue to play in shaping a better, more inclusive future.