Gain Perspective from Dr. Hedy Lemar Walls
March is Women’s History Month, an annual celebration to honor women’s contributions in American history. President Jimmy Carter when he declared this celebration said:
From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.
Women leaders demonstrate the incredible perseverance and commitment to make real change in our communities. History shows the impact women have to open doors and offer opportunities to those who follow them. This dedication advances equity for ALL women and we hear stories everyday about the women leaders and heroes among us making vital contributions during our current health and economic crisis along with civil unrest happening in our communities. All of us can learn how to support and lift the voices of the women in our lives and capture the spirit of women who built our country.
Whether it is the Equity Leadership Institute, Transformational Workplace Culture series, custom training, free online classes or more, the YMCA Equity Innovation Center is here for you to intentionally engage in thought-provoking experiences and resources that will expand your knowledge and skills. We hope you will join us as you continue your equity journey.
Experience Enlightening Videos
Celebrate and participate in virtual events for International Women’s Day 2021 on March 8. www.internationalwomensday.org
Read Noteworthy Books
Learn In An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo, the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, how she finds blessings in the abundance of her homeland and confronts the site where her people, and other indigenous families, essentially disappeared.
Strengthen Our Community Together
With your support, the Y is making an impact right now for you and your neighbors. See the many ways in which we are making a difference.
Explore Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, the first major exhibition of artwork by Native women that honors the achievements of over 115 artists from the United States and Canada spanning over 1,000 years.
Explore Organizations Increasing Equity and Becoming More Inclusive
Check out how the Forest Lake School district staff were involved in an engaging learning session that created a deeper meaning for equity, inclusion and belonging by understanding implicit bias and identifying systems that support the district becoming “culturally responsive” for all.