Celebrating Women’s History Month
Celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.
March 2016 marks the 29th year of Women’s History Month being designated as a national observance – recognizing and honoring the accomplishments of women. And while the definition of womanhood in America has changed over time, the efforts and initiatives taken by women to improve their lives and their country remain unwavering, regardless of the added challenges and hurdles they had to overcome.
Building the foundation for a country takes strong voices and creative innovators, and there is no shortage of women throughout our history who have made significant contributions… right up to and including powerful, accomplished women today. For Women’s History Month we chose to spotlight four women who are currently making history in their own unique ways. These women dominate in arenas of computer programming, design, entrepreneurship, and mass media. They are inspiring future generations of women to pursue their dreams in fields that are traditionally male-dominated.
Kimberly Bryant— Founder of Black Girls Code, Electrical Engineer.
There’s no secret code here, Kimberly Bryant’s goal is simple – increase the number of girls of color that innovate in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Her belief is that it is “not lack of interest but lack of access” to programs and tools that teach STEM subjects that is alienating women of color. In 2011, Bryant started Black Girls Code, an organization to provide after school programs and workshops to young girls so they can learn and improve their skills in computer programming and coding. Check out Black Girls Code for more information about Kimberly’s passion project.
Marie Forleo— Entrepreneur at MarieForleo.com, Online Marketer, Business Mentor.
Listed on Forbes.com “Top 100 Websites for Entrepreneurs”, MarieForleo.com is a motivational gateway to the enterprise of Marie Forleo, Entrepreneur. As a business mentor, Marie strives to help other young women meet their business goals with online marketing strategies, organized campaigns, and a philosophy deeply rooted in integrity for a product, not just for potential profits. Her marketing and training programs fund four non-profit organizations that support women entrepreneurs in developing countries. Read more about Marie.
Ayse Birsel – Co-Founder of Birsel + Seck Design studio, Award-Winning Industrial Designer.
Turkish-born Ayse Birsel applies the aesthetic elements of her homeland to create simple and beautiful industrial designs for organizations throughout the world. Her award-winning work is found in permanent collections at the MOMA and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Through her design studio, Birsel + Seck, she inspires clients and young designers to challenge traditional design rules with her Deconstruction:Reconstruction™ model. Through her book, Design the Life You Love, and course-work she inspires non-designers to use design to create a life they find more meaningful. Learn more about the impact Ayse has had on design.
Arianna Huffington – Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post, Prolific Author and Blogger.
Born in Greece, Arianna Huffington studied economics at the University of Cambridge in Britain before moving to the U.S. Initially a conservative commentator, Huffington would shift parties to liberal politics and eventually start The Huffington Post in 2005. Today the “HuffPost” sees roughly 86 million unique visitors each month. In addition to her work in political commentary, she’s a prolific author and co-author, having penned over 29 books on a variety topics of successful blogging, government, and lifestyle improvement. Her political opinions, her published work and her presence in media make her an extremely powerful role model for young women driven to work in media. More about Arianna.
Join us in saluting these outstanding women – and all the other women who have left their mark on our nation and our lives – during Women’s History Month.