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WOMEN AS HEROES WITH THE EMPHASIS ON "HER"
There are ordinary people who so believe in their calling that they act on it without hesitation. We call these people heroes, with emphasis on “her.”
These women not only have worked to ensure our community and our country are prepared for emergencies, but they also have provided tremendous leadership in disasters.
According to the Harvard Business Review, women offer talents necessary and effective during a crisis: interpersonal skills, communication, teamwork, and relationship-building. Researchers say female leaders express more awareness of fears felt by people, more concern for their well-being, and more confidence in their plans for meeting the challenges of the crisis at hand. read more
Women and the Olympic Games
LOOK FOR WOMEN TO MAKE HISTORY IN TOKYO DESPITE NON-NEUTRAL RULES/POLICIES AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES
We’re excited about the significant ways women can make history at this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, including Urbandale native and Dowling Catholic phenom Karissa Schweizer, who will compete in the 5,000-meter run in Tokyo.
However, several new restrictions and policies introduced to the games are concerning as they particularly affect women and people of color.
For example, one new restriction applied in response to COVID-19 (no spectators allowed in the Olympic venues) presents significant challenges for athletes who are also parents. Fortunately for athlete mothers, tremendous pushback has prompted a decision that nursing mothers may bring their babies to the Olympics “when necessary.”
As a result of the spectator restriction, Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix (ahead of her 5th Olympic games) is partnering with Athleta and the Women’s Sports Foundation to create The Power of She Fund: Child Care Grants. These funds will help with childcare costs for athletes who are mothers while they travel to competitions. read more
Every holiday begins with a history lesson, and the newest federal holiday – Juneteenth – is no exception. Named for the month in which it occurred; Juneteenth is the recognition that slavery finally ended.
President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, in the midst of a bloody civil war, declaring “that all persons held as slaves are, and henceforth, shall be free.” But for slaves in Galveston, Texas, the news didn’t reach them until two years later, on June 19, 1865.
More than 150 years later, in 2016, 89-year-old Opal Lee began a petition to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. This year, her efforts paid off when the holiday was proclaimed, earning the now-94-year-old Lee the nickname “Grandmother of Juneteenth.” read more
CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY BY INVESTING IN GIRLS AND WOMEN
TAKE ACTION TO SUPPORT VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but that acknowledgement doesn’t mean the prevalence of this problem is understood. In 2020, Iowa’s Crime Victim Assistance programs reported serving 10,424 victims of sexual assault--nearly 29 individuals every day. It’s estimated that 82-90% of victims of sexual violence are females and that only 1 of 4 incidents is reported.