International Women’s Day & Celebrating Change

  1. Thank you Emily. Similarly, I appreciate your global and fresh perspective as well as the San Franista’s coverage of cultural milestones.

International Women’s Day on Monday will bring the launch of the locally-based International Museum of Women’s newest endeavor to highlight the contributions of impactful individuals worldwide. The “Women on the Map” undertaking will invite visitors to name females who inspire them and note their locations, creating a virtual map of the communities of honorees, who will then be notified of their recognition. The tribute process takes approximately 30 seconds, and I’m eager to see who you’ll add. (And, while I watch Oscar acknowledgements by Kathryn Bigelow, my women to watch are Shaherose Charania, who has taught me more at the helm of Women 2.0 than I can tell her, and Rebecca Weeks Watson, whose recent Ignite Bay Area talk was a clear reminder of her humor, smarts and grace). Similarly intriguing, the virtual exhibit “Economica” about women’s global earning power first turned me on to the curatorial work of the IMOW. Following this month’s celebration of Women’s History Month, the museum’s spring benefit on April 27 is one I’m advocating (and not just because “cultural dress” is encouraged). SF’s first couple will be honorary chairs at the Metreon City View party in April with food provided by local female chefs. Donations to the museum–which doesn’t have a brick and mortar space but creates programming around female leadership in sociopolitical change–enable thought-provoking exhibits, to which I’m hoping a discussion about global healthcare is added.