The 21st Century Woman

by Rep. Calvin Smyre on March 29, 2013

Black Woman DoctorA woman has inspired everyone, regardless of his or her position.  Whether a mother, grandmother, or a teacher, women have made us who we are.  We should use every opportunity to thank the women in our lives for the work they do – on and off the clock – but especially in this month as we take time out to recognize the achievements and contributions of women in celebration of Women’s History Month.

We’ve come a long way from the days when women were fighting for the right to vote.  Today they are CEOs, engineers, and doctors.  They are three of the four most recent secretaries of state.  They are closing in on being one-third of the greatest old boys club, the United States Senate.  They are also standing on the frontlines of the digital revolution, but that is not so different from the women who came before.

What began in the days of Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, has carried on to current day as women continue to leave a lasting impression in the field of technology.

Political leaders are also doing their part, as Florida Representative Mia Jones and the National Association of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women have proven time and again – most recently as they put their support behind the transition from copper wire to an all-IP network that will enable the U.S. to lead the world in broadband technology and job creation.  Rep. Jones urged FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and his fellow commissioners to “establish market trials to resolve the operational, technical and policy issues associated with the IP transition through an open and transparent process.”

Shattering glass ceilings, leading Fortune 500 companies, and ushering America into the digital age are few of the roles women play in today’s world.  There is so much more that doesn’t show up on a resume. “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Innovation” is the theme the National Women’s History Project gave this year’s celebration, but it is also what we see everyday.  The women of 2013 continue to inspire, and in doing so open doors for a new generation of young girls who hope to not only follow in their footsteps, but blaze new paths of their own.

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