Worth Celebrating

Seems I’m late celebrating a lot of things these days.  Thanks to Monica, I’m only a day late honoring International Women’s Day.   Monica celebrated female literary characters.  The theme for the year was Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women

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Future female firefighters? 2009

Wish I’d been prepared…  I could have scanned photos from my fire service days.  I embodied that theme for those 12+ years.  At the start of my career, I focused heavily on training; I first took every single class I could find, including enough fire science classes to have a minor in said area of study, and then I became an instructor.  Technically, I still AM certified as an instructor, but I haven’t taught in at least 10 years.  Then, near the end of my career, I was very involved in equal opportunity issues.

Of course, now I’m passionate about the Junior League, where women harness their power, develop their potential and change the world through action in their own communities.   I can’t mention the League without noting that our own Kids in the Kitchen event takes place NEXT SATURDAY!  

Feel free to click over and see if there’s an event in your area.  If not, click back to the home page and poke around for lots of information about the program and nutrition. 

Do other women inspire you?

13 comments on “Worth Celebrating

  1. Nichole says:

    By doing one of our work’s FB pages now, I’m realizing alot more of these special days that I might have otherwise overlooked when searching for daily info to post… as a result, on the property FB page, everyone knew about IWD yesterday!

    Great post!

  2. AlisonH says:

    My grandmother taught music at university I believe starting just before women were allowed to vote.

  3. Thank you for posting this!

    My grandmother was the first in our family to graduate from college. My mother has a PhD and did so with three teenagers during and after a divorce. My sister has two wonderful girls and a law degree, she does important work and there are so many more!!!

  4. kathy b says:

    Oh yes women inspire me! Knitter women inspire me! I love your female firefighters of the future image! The way women can support each other is amazing and inspiring. I just had coffee with 3 neighbors….We were so kind and supportive to each other….and it comes so naturally…

  5. Naturally women inspire me, as people of both genders do amazing things worth appluading and emulating. My gran started a nation-wide society, and wrote an instruction book used for years, and volunteered, and…I often find you quite inspiring too!

  6. Amy says:

    I love that photo of the future fire fighters! Fantastic!

  7. gMarie says:

    Of course they do. How could they not? You always have insightful posts and I love learning your history. g

  8. Marjie says:

    Shouldn’t we take inspiration from men, too? When I was 4 or 5, I wanted to grow up to be Mario Andretti and drive a race car. Then I figured out that a dress would not be a practical outfit for stock car racing. So I went to college for mechanical engineering instead.

  9. Louise says:

    They certainly do. I can’t believe I missed International Women’s Day, again. I’m making a note “as we speak.”

    Thanks for sharing, Chan…

  10. Blond Duck says:

    Women that inspire me: Sarah Addison Addler, MAdeline L’Engle, Sarah Barellies, Mrs. McGill.

  11. Kathy says:

    Love the picture of future firewomen :D. Aspiring young ladies indeed.

    mmmm…women who have inspired me…my grandmothers who taught me so much about my career, homemaker with attitude ;). Gee I wish there were better terms than homemaker housewife etc. Although I embrace the 1940-50’s era so I should stand proud right? 😉

  12. Bubblesknits says:

    My maternal grandmother inspired/inspires me. She was such a strong, compassionate woman. When her husband was severely brain damaged from a massive heart attack, she began working full time to provide for them. She took on so much, but she always made time to help friends in need. She was a truly special woman with a backbone of steel. : ) “We may bend, but we will not break.”

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