National Women’s History Month

Hello my friends,

It’s been a while, and I am happy to be back to post about Women’s History Month.

For so long, women were understood to be hidden figures in a patriarchal society, but some were quietly blazing trails. And so, the acknowledgement for a Women’s History Month comes on the shoulders of some historically, brave trailblazers.  The fight for equality continues today with the politicizing of our Reproductive Rights and the inequity in pay.  The Equal Pay Act was passed by Congress in 1963, and in 2017, a 21 cent pay gap still exists.

Therefore, it’s important to acknowledge every piece of progress. The “National Women’s History Month” was passed by Congress in 1987 and is celebrated annually during the month of March. The purpose is to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and society.

I had the opportunity to attend the “7th Annual Stateswomen for Justice Luncheon and Issues Forum” at the National Press Club in downtown Washington, DC.  The keynote speaker was the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Bernice A. King, Chief Executive Officer, The King Center in Atlanta, GA.

Her message was profound and inclusive. A couple of takeaways from her presentation for me were how she stressed that justice does not come at the price or at a disadvantage to another.  She also talked about how important it is to be open to people who are not liked minded for growth and development.  She ended her presentation with a story about this little boy and his dad on a boat.  She said that the little boy would break out in laughter, and his dad would ask him why was he laughing.  The little boy would laugh and say I’ll tell you later.  Soon after, the boy would break out again with this boisterous laughter and again the dad inquired.  Finally, the father told him that he would be punished if he did not tell him what all the laughter was about.  They boy laughingly pointed towards his dad to show him what tickled his fancy.  There was a hole in the boat.  The boy did not realize that the hole on his father’s side of the boat would sink the whole boat.  Therefore, if his father went down, so would he.  Most important was to understand that we are one United States of America.  We must think strategically of the impact of our decisions and actions for generations to come.

There were other amazing trailblazers that sat on the panel and deserve to be acknowledged. They are:

  • Yanick Rice Lamb – Journalist, Author, Chair Media Journalism, Film Department, Cathy Hughes School of Communications, Howard University
  • Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Economist, Author, Former President, Bennett College for Women
  • Kristen Clarke – President/Executive Director, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Dr. Lezli Baskerville, President/CEO, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
  • Denise Rolark Barnes, Chair, National Newspaper Publishers Association; and
  • Dr. Barbara Reynolds, Journalist, Author and Minister

This was an inspiring event that gave me a renewed sense of hope.  Check out my pictures from the event.

Peace and Love,

Lee

7th Annual Stateswomen for Justice Luncheon