A victory as important as women winning the right to vote deserves an extended celebration. Each year, the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA) selects and publishes the yearly theme. This year’s theme, Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced, celebrates the centennial anniversary of women’s right to vote: Since many of the women’s suffrage centennial celebrations originally scheduled for 2020 were curtailed due to the pandemic, the NWHA is extending a women’s suffrage theme through 2021.
In 1964, Patsy Mink became the first woman of color and first Asian-American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Mink was actually a key author of the groundbreaking legislation, Title IX, advancing gender equity within federal funding policies for education.
Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian, womanist, and civil rights activist. From fighting voter suppression against women and African Americans in the south and raising funds to pay for poll taxes to founding an educational institution (Bethune Cookman University) to serving on President Roosevelt’s “Black Cabinet” and dozens of other achievements,
A big kudos to Member Dwight Lawson for spotlighting these incredible women in our Slack community.
Female-Founded Companies Making a Difference
Have you heard of AboveBoard? Pavilion Member Scott Samios is the fractional CRO of this female-founded growth company changing how executives and board members are recruited. AboveBoard up the candidate pool to underrepresented groups, including women and people of color, to help companies achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.
“The Mom Project,” is championing talented, career-minded women who want to stay active in the workforce after becoming mothers by connecting them with employers that respect work and life integration.
Ways to Celebrate Women’s History Month
The Paley Center for Media in New York is launching a new quarterly series of high-profile conversations to celebrate women’s ongoing achievements and explore the challenges they continue to face. It launched on March 8 with Choosing to Challenge: How Women Are Leading the Way, which focuses on women’s roles as leaders in our society and will address some of the most significant issues facing all women.
Netflix is supporting female filmmakers. The first $5 million of the streamer’s recently announced Creative Equity Fund will go toward programs that nurture, develop, and uplift women in the entertainment industry globally. The fund dedicates $20 million annually over the next five years to setting up underrepresented communities for success in the TV and film industries.
Organizations to Support
Girls Who Code: Equipping young women with the necessary computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.
Girls Write Now: Writing and mentoring organization for girls and gender non-conforming youth.