Officially recognized by the United Nations in 1977, International Women’s Day is held on March 8th each year. This annual event is an opportunity to reflect on progress, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage by ordinary women in extraordinary roles. Here are three women who help to inspire advancement through their remarkable career journeys.
Although the name Tory Burch may inspire images of designer handbags and iconic flats, the women behind the brand is even more inspiring. Tory Robinson Burch was born and raised in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and launched her own fashion label in 2004. In 2020, Forbes listed her as the 88th most powerful woman in the world. Burch also leads the fight for gender equality in the workplace through her Tory Burch Foundation Embrace Ambition Series. Burch seeks to challenge unconscious bias, shatter stereotypes and empower women, because “ambition does not have a gender.”
After a lifetime of public service, Kamala D. Harris became the first female Vice President of the United States in 2021. Harris was born in Oakland, California to parents who emigrated from India and Jamaica. She graduated from Howard University and the University of California’s Hastings College of Law. Her roles included District Attorney of San Francisco, Attorney General of California and United States Senator. In a 2021 interview with Good Morning America, Harris offered the following advice to women everywhere. “There are going to be many times you are going to be the only one like you in a room… and the thing I want you to remember is this: When you are in that room, we are all in that room with you, cheering you on.”
Motivated to close the gender gap in technology, Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code in 2012. Saujani was born in Illinois to parents of Gujarati Indian descent. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Yale Law School. Saujani began her career as an attorney and activist. However, after visiting schools during an unsuccessful 2010 Congressional run, she decided to redefine the image of the stereotypical male computer programmer. As Saujani points outs, “Computer science is not just for smart ‘nerds’ in hoodies coding in basements.” To date, Girls Who Code has reached 500 million people and its outreach programs continue to grow.
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