Just think. 90 years ago, women in the U.S. did not have the right to vote.
Thanks to the efforts of Alice Paul and other dedicated members of the Women’s National Party who fought long and hard for the passage of the 19th Amendment, we now have that right.
On Tuesday evening, May 19th, 500 women leaders stood in the home of the WNP – the historical Sewall-Belmont House on Capitol Hill right next to the Senate Office Building — and celebrated Women and Giving.
Honorees that evening included Edie Fraser, serial entrepreneur who founded the Business Womens Network and Diversity Best Practices, and six female political leaders including Senator Mary Landrieu from Louisiana, Kay Hagan from North Carolina, Debbie Stabenow from Michigan, Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota, Maria Cantwell from Washington and Congressman Carolyn Maloney who chairs the powerful Joint Economic Committee.
Dozens of women executives from such organizations as WALL*MART, United Nations Foundation, KidSave, CARE, Center for Citizen Diplomacy and AARP Foundation supported the event which was a Who’s Who of philantrophists and advocates for women leadership.
I get “chicken skin” (Hawaii for goose bumps) thinking that at the exact same spot where women planned, strategized and ultimately realized our right to be treated equally, (be sure to watch the video Iron-Jawed Angels with Hilary Swank to appreciate what our fore-mothers did on our behalf) . . . . hundreds of women gathered who run billion dollar organizations, manage thousands of employees and who oversee global projects having a positive impact around the world.
A special treat that night was when two bright, talented Girl Scouts from the Washington DC area spoke of the impact their participation in Gril Scouts had on their ability to think big, dream big and give big.
I had the pleasure and privilege of Emceeing this memorable event and wrapped up the ceremonies with The Triple T.
I asked everyone to get out their cell phones, iPhones, Blackberries and digital camers and to T – text a women who had given support to let her know she’s appreicated for doing her giving while she’s living; to T – twitter about the inspiring event they were experiencing; and T – take a photo with a new friend they just connected with.
There were 500 women in the Sewall-Belmont garden — yet 5 minutes later, 5000 people knew aobut this extraordinary event because of the Triple T. What’s even better is that 5 days later, 500,000 people will know about the importance of Doing Your Giving While You are Living — thanks to the posts, photos and shout-outs on blogs, websites and social media pages.
I can only imagine that Alice Paul and her “sisters” are smiling somewhere — knowing their efforts paid off and their dreams of women giving at the level of which they’re capable are being fulfilled.