This blog post has been a long time coming. I have struggled with voicing my thoughts for a couple of years. I am embarrassed that it took a national crisis and more murders of people of color like Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd for me to lean into the fear and vulnerability to write. I am ashamed that I became afraid to use my voice publicly for justice and equity for fear of losing potential clients when people are losing their lives. I recognize that these fears, while real for me, are a privilege. This guilt, shame, and embarrassment are also privileges — white privilege. I have privilege simply because of the color of my skin, and I need to intentionally and consistently use that privilege to enact change.
March 8 was International Women’s Day, which is a time to celebrate the achievements of women and a call to action for gender parity. Despite recent progress for women in the workplace and politics, alarming disparities persist. This post is a call to action for investing in women and accelerating gender parity.
March 8 marks International Women’s Day, which is “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” While many iconic leaders will be celebrated, there are other local leaders who deserve recognition. This post shares how three groups of women have impacted the trajectory of my life.
One of the questions asked leading up to and following the Women’s March on Washington is, why march? The Women’s March was not a single issue event. It was about advocating for human rights, standing in solidarity, and fostering community. So as a social worker for social justice and an evaluator for equality, I ask, why not?
Twenty-four hours ago, like many of you, I cast my vote in a historic election, knowing that whatever the outcome, we would be entering a new phase for our country. Well the people have spoken, the data is in, and, America, we have a problem. So what’s next and how can thinking like an evaluator help move the nation forward?