Improving the status of women is the best way to ensure the well-being of children and families. In 1981 the first Commission for Women in Philadelphia was appointed by Mayor William J. Green. I had the privilege to be the executive director and some of the accomplishments in those early years included: minority and women owned business set aside legislation; rape investigation and domestic violence units in the police department; sexual harassment training for all city managers and supervisors; child care initiatives; a talent bank resulting in high level appointments of women; the first city-wide women’s history celebration; and the list goes on. Despite the great strides that women have made – economically, socially and politically – there is still more to be done. In the 1980’s women earned 69 cents on the dollar as compared to men; today that amount is 77 cents. However, with women being elected to office in record numbers in the past years that statistic will surely improve.
Our girls and young ladies at Carson Valley have overcome many adversities and are making great strides to achieve their goals to be successful in life. This next generation of women will be the ones to lead and to do so with confidence and purpose. I am proud of them in advance for the work they will do to improve their lives and those of the next generation of children, to contribute in meaningful ways to the communities they are part of, and to make a difference in the quest for social justice.