In Celebration of the Women's Suffrage Centennial, we present SHEroes
This year marks the Centennial Anniversary in New York State of women achieving the right to vote. In 1917 after a long and dedicated fight, our foremothers, regardless of their religion or political affiliation, achieved a measurable milestone in accessing political power through voting. First wave feminism, was defined through this articulation of Women's progress. Today, since this struggle is relegated to a few minutes of a basic history lesson in elementary school, the power of this right, Women's Suffrage has become diminished.
The National Women's Political Caucus founded by 320 eclectic women in Washington, DC in 1971 also answered the pressure of rules being made for women by people who could not relate. Roe v. Wade, legislation that decided that indeed it is a "woman's right to choose" her family planning and future gave women a "different" type of self determination. It is the definition of what it is to be an American.
The creation of SHEroes is a culmination of an affirmation that women are not a "special interest" group. Women in American history although not as revered, did their part to build this country and "unlock" the same inalienable rights and the "truths" we hold as self evident that we are "one nation under God indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all." These values and tenets that have marinated since the 1600's led to the creation of our Constitution in 1871, our revered framework that defined a new country built on hope and the potential for equity.
Biology teaches us that each human being has an "x" chromosome. This "x" labeling has been assigned and identified as female. The point of this discussion is to recognize the attributes in all human beings that have been later qualified as those associated with women, however I challenge that leadership is one that is neutral.
There is a SHEROE in each of us - both male and female and as we evolve in the struggle of human imperfection, we continue to rise to answer the internal call of Stewardship. This elusive Judeao-Christian value, ignites a je ne sais quoi and raison d'etre that is at the core of our humanity articulated by a "fire in the belly." The female leaders among us are SHEroes. These women are authentic and understand accountability, action and conciliation.
Our sister, Rebecca Harary has looked within and embraced all that I mentioned above. She is ready to lead. An astute businesswoman, Rebecca founded four successful nonprofits, including Propel Network, whose mission is to move more women into the workforce with certified vocational skills.
As a mother of 6 children, she also knows by experience the work/home balance and is a terrific role model to successfully share these best practices to help others help themselves.
On the eve of the next hundred years in New York City's development, it is our pleasure to share Rebecca Harary, a SHEroe of New York with you.