The WIRE is run by women. The Island, by way of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, is run by women. Our public school has a female principal and both of our seniors organizations have women at the helm. We are also represented by a congresswoman and a female assembly member. You don’t have to look very hard to find strong women in our community working to make a difference.
This year marks the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York, and it’s thrilling to see how far women have come on so many fronts. And yet, there are constant reminders of the work that remains to be done. The news lately is rampant with reports of sexual harassment and rape. Many talented women still struggle to receive the same respect and compensation their male counterparts enjoy. And the glass ceiling is still holding strong in so many fields. As mothers, we’ve struggled with how to explain to our own daughters and sons why there’s never been a “girl president.” At times, the fight can feel relentless – and personal.
Having women in journalism is important. If we can tell our stories and the stories of our sisters, hopefully we will reach and inspire more women and girls to join us.
As we celebrate this momentous year, we’d like to hear about the women – both past and present – who are inspiring the next generation of Islanders. So we are holding an essay contest. Winning entries will be published in the paper and will receive a prize. Please encourage a boy or girl in your life to enter.