Sure, this past Sunday was International Women’s Day, but shouldn’t we celebrate women every day? Isn’t it women who provide the tempering hand to men to sometimes prevent their rash decisions? Isn’t it women who have the skill and level-headedness to provide leadership in business, legal, social, cultural, health, and governmental affairs just as competently as men, or even more so?
We’ve come a long way from the time that saw Harvard University offer me a job in their clerical pool when I graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in psychology. And I couldn’t even type! I’m pleased that the world has changed enough to realize that women can compete for the same opportunities as men. Our society has moved forward in a way unimaginable even a generation ago.
I’m fortunate to have had an excellent role model in my mother, Sidonia, who thrived in America as a single-mother Holocaust survivor. She always exhibited her drive and ambitions to not only create a safe home environment, but to present her breathtaking talent at creative design to her universe. Her attitude and perspective on the role of women must have rubbed off on me.
There is a lot of work still ahead, but I know we are up to the task. Let’s celebrate women each and every day. We’re worth it!