Today is International Women’s Day, commemorating the struggle for women’s rights all over the world. Growing up, I was told that being a woman wouldn’t stop me from having the job of my dreams…I could even be the President of the United States, though it would be a ‘tough row to hoe’ (to use the vernacular with which I’m sure my mom couched my presidential aspirations).
So, on International Women’s Day 2017, I give thanks for the strong women in my life, past and present, who’ve helped shape who I am. I feel extraordinarily grateful for the chance I was given to raise my daughter Olivia as a strong woman and to be to her the example my mom was to me. Working at MCG is a dream-come-true for me, and having Olivia’s eyes on me, watching and learning (celebrating the successes, and overcoming the obstacles) is a great honor. I know my daughter can achieve her goals regardless of her gender, and I hope for her that the row is a little less harder to hoe thanks to the many strong women in whose footsteps we follow.