Posts Tagged ‘Women's History Month’

This is a “must read.”  Tina Brown has penned a masterpiece here. From Hillary Clinton, to Aung San Suu Kyi, to Marie Colvin, these are the women of history as we witness it being made today, they, and those more obscure to us upon whom Tina shines a spotlight in her annual Women in the World event.  Thank you, Tina, for this great post and for bringing our sisters in the battles to our attention every year!

In Newsweek Magazine

Symbols and Strength: Women in the World


Tina Brown

When Hillary Clinton travels around the world as secretary of state, she is a global celebrity of the first rank. But that’s not how she felt when she went to Burma for the first time in 2011 to meet with the heroic Aung San Suu Kyi. One of the greatest living human-rights campaigners, Suu Kyi had chosen to endure—for the sake of the Burmese people—the daily threat of death and 15 years of house arrest, cut off from her husband and children. “It was, ‘Oh, my God, I cannot believe I am with Aung San Suu Kyi,” Ambassador Melanne Verveer told me of Clinton’s emotion on her two-hour talk with Suu Kyi in the house of her long captivity.


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What a great way to kick off Women’s History Month!  If you possess the required skills set and the time, you can help change the world by helping another women who has  a good idea!

We all know that improving conditions, power, and representation for women and girls is the signature issue of our Homegirl-in-Chief.  So if you can qualify, go for it!  You just might make a few new friends and even learn some interesting things yourself!

U.S. Department of State’s TechWomen Initiative Now Accepting Applications for American Mentors

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 1, 2012

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced today that TechWomen – an international exchange that uses technology as a means to empower women and girls worldwide – is now accepting applications from American women in the technology sector to serve as professional and cultural mentors. Candidates may apply at http://www.techwomen.org/get-involved/ beginning today.

In September 2012, these American “TechWomen” will mentor 42 women from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen during a five-week program at U.S.-based technology companies in Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Click here to learn more about serving as a TechWomen mentor.

Following the U.S. portion of the exchange, U.S. mentors will travel to Jordan and Tunisia to conduct workshops and follow-on training for women in the technology sector and young girls who have expressed an interest in pursuing a tech-based career.

Launched by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2011, TechWomen builds on her vision of “smart power” diplomacy. It embraces the full range of diplomatic tools, in this case technology, to bring people together for greater understanding and empower women and girls worldwide.

The U.S. Department of State partners with the Institute of International Education and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. It is a public-private partnership in which more than 20 leading U.S. companies participated by hosting international TechWomen during the 2011 inaugural program.

Stay tuned for updates on Twitter @TechWomen.

Media contact: Talley Sergent U.S. Department of State at SergentRT@state.gov.

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Discourseincsharpminor  mentioned that she was working on a post about Marie Colvin.  I asked her to share it with us when it was completed because,  from what she said,  it seemed that her tribute would share a perspective readers here would appreciate.  I remember this series that Discourse put up last March for Women’s History Month.  Her testimonial to Marie Colvin refers to one of those entries.

The Death of Marie Colvin

23 02 2012

A little less than a year ago I wrote about a number of women whom I admired over the course of March (Women’s History Month). Two days ago, one of them, Marie Colvin was killed in Syria where she was covering the government-mandated slaughter currently taking place there. This is what I wrote about her in 2011. The whole post is here, if you’re interested.

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Thank you so much, Discourse, for sharing your thoughts with us.

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I have no words.  Yesterday I was on Twitter and retweeted  what she had tweeted.

BBC News (World) @BBCWorld

“I saw a baby die today” – British journalist Marie Colvin on life in #Homs, #Syria bbc.in/AdUvry

Retweeted by Still4Hill

I felt so awful for that baby and for her.  When I woke up this morning, the first thing I heard (before looking) from the TV was that Marie herself  had died – had been killed.  That had been her final tweet.   You know how, when you lose someone, your arms, your whole body,   just go limp?  That happened to me about her.

My God!  She was simply fearless!  The courage!  She wanted to bring these stories home to us, and she did so risking everything.  The risk caught up with her this morning.

We will never forget your hunger to report, Marie.  We will always appreciate the way you put the story of the people before your own safety.  You are a hero.  We will always remember you, your mission, and your sacrifice.

Thank you for your dedication and service.  You have left us much too soon,  but you gave.   You gave so much!

Sunday Times
journalist Marie
Colvin killed in Syria

Reporter & French photographer

Last Updated: 23rd February 2012

AWARD-winning Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin has been killed in Syria’s besieged rebel city of Homs.

Ms Colvin was one of two Western journalists who died after shells hit the house where they were sheltering.

The world-renowned foreign correspondent and French photographer Remi Ochlik, 28, were reportedly hit as they tried to flee.

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Here is her Wikipedia entry.

As we enter Womens’ s History Month shortly, I would remind young students in Women’s Studies Classes that history is what happened yesterday.  I know how many of you revisit the outstanding Mirabal sisters about whom I posted years ago.  Every year, at this time, so many of you go to that page.  But Marie Colvin is also a part of our history,  and what happened yesterday will live in my memory until I die.  She was yet another s/hero, as some like to put it.  Me?  I just call her a hero.  Intractable!   She stayed, having been called home, for that last story.  As it turned out, it was, truly,  her last,  but she gave her best.  Love you, Marie!  Rest in Peace.  You were always an angel for the people.

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My friend and fellow blogger,  Discourse in C#minor,  has been posting about admirable women, some, perhaps many, of whom you may never have heard.   I encourage the Homegirls and Homeboys to visit her blog and see these wonderful profiles in courage.  I hope Discourse feels free to post the links here, also.  Prodigious work!  *Applause*

Visit Discoursein C#minor>>>>>

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A loss during Women’s History Month.  For our Homegirl, a personal one.  God bless you and receive you, Brownie!  May you rest in peace.

The Passing of Brownie Ledbetter

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
March 22, 2010

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mary Brown Williams Ledbetter, a fierce champion for women’s rights, civil rights, and the right of all Americans to education and opportunity. Brownie, as she was universally known, was one of those tireless citizen activists who set out to improve their community and end up helping change the world. She began as a concerned volunteer in the struggle to desegregate the schools of Little Rock, and became an accomplished advocate for the rights of Arkansans and people everywhere. I was fortunate to call Brownie my friend, and I will remember her not just for life-long work to advance social justice, but also for her warmth, humor, and humanity. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband Cal Ledbetter and their wonderful family.

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