A Note from OCPRSA President Justine Houston-Brown, APR
Earlier this week, we celebrated International Women’s Day – a global day (March 8) celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. While our society has further to go before gender equality is realized, we must take a moment to honor those before us. The women who are remembered for historical ‘firsts.’ From Margaret Sanger opening the first birth control clinic in the U.S. (1916) and Rosa Parks refusing to sit at the back of the bus (1955) to Sandra Day O’Connor being the first woman on the Supreme Court (1981) and Katie Sowers becoming the first woman and first openly gay coach in Super Bowl history (2020) – many have paved the way for the freedoms and opportunities we realize today. This past January, women everywhere saw Kamala Harris inaugurated as the vice president of the United States – and she’s a role model for all.
While we have one month dedicated to women’s history, let us not forget that history is made by women daily. Whether you are a communications professional, a frontline worker, a stay-at-home or WFH mom, a soldier, a nonprofit leader, a wife/sister/daughter – you are worthy of a THANK YOU, simply for being you. Whether our names go down in history as a ‘first,’ we can make a difference and make history together; one that results in a more just and equitable world for women everywhere. Cheers to the women of the past – and future!
Interested in taking the pledge to forge a gender-equal world? #ChooseToChallenge here.