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Tuesday
Mar082011

Happy International Women's Day!

This is a special year to celebrate, being the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. This should also be a day of reminder, to an era where women had to fight for their right to vote, and even had to disguise themselves as men in order to run a marathon race. Take Katherine Switzer, for example. When she showed up to run the Boston Marathon in 1967, she wasn't there to make a political statement about a woman's right to compete in a men-only event. She was a young Syracuse University student who wanted to prove to herself and her coach she was capable of running 26.2 miles.

The first women's marathon was won by Joan Benoit in 1984. I had the pleasure to meet the now Joan Benoit Samuelson in Jacksonville during the 26.2 with Donna last month. She was there as a guest speaker, and also ran the half marathon.

Today should also serve as a day of reflexion to women at how far we have come. We should be thankful for those women who served as pioneer groundbreakers in their own way. I am thankful for them, as, through their hard work and perseverence, they made my life, and the lives of my daughters even better. Half a century ago, I would not have been able to register to run a marathon; even if I wanted to.

I work in one of the fewer male dominated professions, where having more women involved would be an asset. In order for this to happen, women, regardless of where they work, need to learn how to better work together in a collaborative way. We could be a much more powerful force if we were gentler, kinder and more respectful of one another. Working together, we can bring even more opportunity for the young women following in our footsteps!

Have a great day!





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