Women of Accomplishment:  Role Models

 
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03 April 2018 15:26
 

I am of the baby boomer generation.  I remember our grade five class being asked by the teacher what we wanted to be when we grew up.  The boys said things like:  doctor, policeman, hockey player.  The girls said things like:  stewardess, teacher, nurse.  It didn’t occur to the girls that they could be anything else.  They saw no examples, no role models.  Their doctors and dentists were male.  School principals were male.  There was no girl’s hockey team.  The doctors, lawyers and starship captains on TV were male.

Things have changed.  Because of the hard work of many women and the feminist movement, girls and young women today see many more opportunities open to them.  But we’re not there yet.  There are still barriers and difficulties.  It is often the case that women must be exceptional, not just equal, to succeed in certain areas.  When they do succeed, they may have to endure unfair criticism related to their gender rather than their job performance.

The intention of this thread is not to discuss the politics of feminism (there are other threads available for that).  This thread is to acknowledge and celebrate women of accomplishment.  We still need role models.  And, of course, role models aren’t limited to those in the public eye.

I’ll start.  On today’s news it was reported that Catherine Tait has been chosen as CBC/Radio-Canada President, the first woman to hold this top role at Canada’s public broadcaster.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/cbc-president-catherine-tait-1.4602504

Who stands out to you as possible role models for today’s girls and young women?

 
 
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03 April 2018 16:39
 

My grandma, who was a strong woman.  She struck out on her own as a young woman from Chicago 100 years ago, demonstrating “comptometers.”  These were early business adding machines.  She ended up marrying an Italian Catholic immigrant man, and so she was disowned by her Jewish family.  She told me that Grandpa was “the only man who didn’t try to get fresh with her”; that is, he only held her hand, and respected her.  Grandma had four children, and raised them with strict discipline.  My mom didn’t necessarily like this, but it shows that my grandma knew her own mind.  Grandpa couldn’t find work during the Depression, so Grandma took in boarders and raised produce and chickens right in Los Angeles.  She made sure all four kids learned to play instruments, and two made careers out of music.  Grandma got a real estate license and eventually made quite a bit of money.  She was an active volunteer in City of Hope and her Temple sisterhood.  When I knew her, in her later years, she was always cooking up delicious meals, hosting all us cousins, keeping the family members in touch.

Grandma wasn’t perfect.  But she was quite a lady.

 
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03 April 2018 16:39
 

Here’s one for you. https://afwdigital.epubxp.com/i/638688-mar-apr-2016/18 The first women they profile (Karen Voorhees) is my brothers ex-wife (they remain on friendly terms and he strongly supported her career, but he couldn’t take the moving around that went with it). She is definitely a role model.

 
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03 April 2018 18:08
 

As this is more about sharing than discussion, I won’t respond to posts as is my usual custom when initiating a thread.  But will enjoy reading everything, as I’m sure others will too.

 
 
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03 April 2018 20:52
 

Those black female mathematicians at NASA in the 60s.  Recent movie about them.  Katherine Johnson & Mary Jackson.

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03 April 2018 21:26
 
burt - 03 April 2018 04:39 PM

Here’s one for you. https://afwdigital.epubxp.com/i/638688-mar-apr-2016/18 The first women they profile (Karen Voorhees) is my brothers ex-wife (they remain on friendly terms and he strongly supported her career, but he couldn’t take the moving around that went with it). She is definitely a role model.

What’s her IQ?

 
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04 April 2018 06:53
 

Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas because I wanted to be them when I grew up.

Ann and Nancy Wilson because I also wanted to be them when I grew up.

 
 
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04 April 2018 09:02
 
nonverbal - 03 April 2018 09:26 PM
burt - 03 April 2018 04:39 PM

Here’s one for you. https://afwdigital.epubxp.com/i/638688-mar-apr-2016/18 The first women they profile (Karen Voorhees) is my brothers ex-wife (they remain on friendly terms and he strongly supported her career, but he couldn’t take the moving around that went with it). She is definitely a role model.

What’s her IQ?

No idea, but she’s sure tough and focused (and I noticed years ago after spending a week with them, she tends to motivate people around her).

 
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13 April 2018 01:31
 

Mary Robinson.

Former President of Ireland. She lifted Ireland into the modern era. And what a relief it was. She was a proper social justice warrior back when it meant something good. Women’s rights are human rights. Human rights are global not national.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Robinson
Wow, what a woman.

 
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06 August 2018 15:49
 

Captain Sarah Dallaire


Second woman pilot in Snowbird history hopes to inspire others
https://globalnews.ca/news/4372339/second-woman-pilot-in-snowbird-history-hopes-to-inspire-others/

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are an iconic sight in the sky but perhaps most impressive in their 48th season is the addition of the second female pilot in the team’s roughly four-decade history.

Captain Dallaire may be the smallest member of the team but according to Lt. Col. French, she’s as tough as the maneuvers she handles.

“Yes, she’s a trailblazer, yes she’s pioneer and role model for women everywhere but she didn’t make this team because she’s a woman. She made this team because she’s a darn good pilot.”

 

 
 
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09 September 2018 08:42
 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
United States Supreme Court Justice


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Bader_Ginsburg

Ginsburg has been named one of 100 Most Powerful Women (2009), one of Glamour magazine’s ‘Women of the Year 2012,’ and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people (2015). She has been awarded honorary Doctor of Laws degrees by Willamette University (2009), Princeton University (2010), and Harvard University (2011).

https://www.biography.com/people/ruth-bader-ginsburg-9312041

As a judge, Ruth Ginsburg favors caution, moderation and restraint. She is considered part of the Supreme Court’s moderate-liberal bloc presenting a strong voice in favor of gender equality, the rights of workers and the separation of church and state. In 1996 Ginsburg wrote the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Virginia, which held that the state-supported Virginia Military Institute could not refuse to admit women. In 1999 she won the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award for her contributions to gender equality and civil rights.

A documentary on her life and career, RBG, airs tonight (9 Sept 2018 at 8:00 pm ET) on CNN.  Should be interesting and inspiring.