A note from Michael Eatman, Director, Office of Community Life
Greetings Pike Community,
March 8, was International Women's Day, a global celebration honoring women's rights. Since the first event initiated by Suffragettes in 1911, this historic movement has continued to call for action to improve the living and working conditions for women throughout the world.
I am humbled by the indispensable contributions of women and want to take a moment to salute our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, partners, wives, non-binary relatives, and foster or adoptive parents - all the unsung heroes who continue to improve the quality of life for future generations.
Who are your unsung heroes?
Reflect on the significant female figures in your lives - teachers, civic, religious or organizational leaders - who inspired you to create change?
Today, we see men and women working together to advocate for gender equality. On the website internationalwomensday.com you can read about influential leaders in businesses, charities, universities and professional organizations committed to this endeavor.
I noticed many of our Pike colleagues - men and women - wearing red in honor of International Women's Day, and decided to ask them about the characteristics of women who have influenced their lives. Their feedback generated some powerful responses, which we made into a word cloud symbolizing a fist raised in solidarity. I hope as you read through the more than 100 words within the image your level of awareness will be raised for the many contributions that benefit our lives.