Today, Monday, August 26th, is Women’s Equality Day, and this year we celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women in the US the right to vote.
Congratulations to all women, in particular Latino professional women in the US!
The Women’s suffrage movement was an extraordinary achievement that provided us with access and the opportunity to see fabulous women such as Secretary of State Margaret Albright, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Inventor Mary Anderson, and Senator Gabrielle Giffords, achieve all that a woman can. Be it in politics, business, art, human rights, or education, women have excelled throughout the years and set an example of hard work and accomplishment to the younger generations of women—and men -- in the US.
Women associations in general are growing, not just in numbers, but also in importance around the United States, and this year Forbes included the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) in its fourth annual list of “The 100 Best Websites for Women”.
Minority associations have also joined efforts to promote the presence and influence of women in business in the United States.
Since 2002, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting formed its Women of ALPFA (WOA) subgroup, and this year they have opened a new website. With 478 members, the purpose of WOA (headed by Zenaida Mendoza, Chief Creative Officer in charge of developing solutions and strategies for ALPFA) is to seriously empower and promote the growth of Hispanic or Hispanic-descent women in order for them to reach their full potential through targeted programs, access to information, and seminars focusing on topics such as career management, effective self promotion, and emotional intelligence.
During ALPFA’s 2013 National Convention in Washington, DC, seminars and workshops included Strategies for Breaking Down Real or Perceived Barriers to Achieving Career Goals, Gender & Negotiation, and The Art of Self Promotion, presented by top women executives such as Sonnia Shields, VP of Global Leadership and Diversity at Goldman Sachs & Co.; and Venisa L. Ibarra, Partner Audit Services at Deloitte & Touch LLP.
This year, ALPFA presented the Women of ALPFA Latina Excellence Award to Anna Escobedo-Cabral, Unit Chief of External Relations at the Inter American Development Bank in Washington, DC, and the 2013 Woman of ALPFA Award to Maria Castañón-Moats, of PwC in New York.
These awards set an example to other Hispanic women executives and encourage them to continue showing how far perseverance and effort can lead.
Happy Women's Equality Day to all my readers!