Women can we please stay in the public eye?
If you take a real look under the covers of history, women perhaps more so than men, were an intrical part of every field from the arts to science. Maybe women have taken a back seat to their husbands or they just didn’t care about their mark in history. Whatever the reason this has to change.
The success of NASA had to do with more than a handful of black women engineers. How come it took until now for me to learn about that? Did you know that Gymboree, a publicly traded company known by name to families across the country that did over $1 billion in revenue last year was founded by a woman? I did not know that until Maxine Clark told me about her friend Joan Barnes who founded Gymboree. Oh, Maxine Clark founded Build-A-Bear.
I read the obituary on Margrit Mondavi who died recently at 91. We think of Robert Mondavi, her husband, as the wine pioneer that invented the California wine business. Margrit founded the winery’s summer musical festival, introduced cooking classes to the vineyard and was a major factor in the success of Mondavi. Who knew? Nobody every said Robert and Margrit Mondavi.
Ada Lovelace was the first Computer programmer. Many of Zelda Fitzgeralds stories were published under her husbands name. There are many many other women who we should know about that made their mark in history.
When we look back at eras around any vertical for whatever reason we read about the men. The men artists of a particular time, the men directors of a particular time, the men who build companies of a particular time, the men who were the top sports figures of a particular time, the men of medicine, the men of everything.
My request is simple. Can all of the women who are making their mark in history from sports to art to start-ups to science to whatever, stay in the public eye. Make sure that your impact is felt in the history books. That when people write about a time, a genre that your name is mentioned. We can only do that by working just as hard as we did to achieve our goals to work just as hard to get into the history books. Enough of the men owning those history books.
How can young girls break that glass ceiling time and time again when there aren’t enough women for them to point to and say “yes, I can be anything I want to be because that woman did it, so I can do it too”.