Yesterday, more than 300 audience members flocked to lower Manhattan to join dynamic experts exploring public/private partnerships, capitalizing the women’s movement, and nothing less than changing the world. Jacki Zehner, founder of the Circle Financial Group and former Goldman Sachs partner, led the charge, asking how to take hold of this transformative moment and push for gender equality. Jacki Zehner truly believes that with “greater gender equality, this world would be a better place.”
Today we learned about this newly launched national initiative that "seeks to educate and build the self-esteem of middle school girls to increase their knowledge of the political process and encourage future political involvement." It’s called Girls Rock the House:
President Obama is all set to deliver his first State of the Union address this evening at 9pm EST. The question on my mind is will he cover issues that matter most to women? This is a President who started his term by signing into law the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (although the Paycheck Fairness Act was subsequently sidelined and forgotten, leaving the job half-done).
The Christian Science Monitor featured several articles this week on the veil and the Muslim Women's Movement. They're well worth the read! From "Behind the veil: Why Islam's most visible symbol is spreading:"
I am a feminist. You don’t have to be a woman and firsthand experience these inequalities in order to identify them. In fact, I find it irresponsible to identify these inequalities and then sit idly by and do nothing to change them.
Extra points to this activist for identifying as a cisgender man, being trans inclusive as well as just generally awesome.