Happy Thursday SA. Today, however, is no typical Thursday. Today is #InternationalWomensDay, so I have vowed to dedicate my voice and this blog to celebrating all of the women in our community and throughout the world. International Womens Day was founded more than a century ago in the early 1900’s when 15,000 women marched in NYC, demanding better working conditions and voting rights.
This blog post is meant to honor today’s women. The brave, the strong, the leaders, the mothers, the college student with big dreams, and all the little girls who look up to them. There will be no talk of politics (I promise), simply my opinions on a few fellow queens you may or may not have heard of, but as always, I am happy to enlighten you.
The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce started as The Business Men’s Club of San Antonio, established in 1894. The next year, the organization elected its first slate of officers. In 1910, we changed our name to the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Today, 20 of the 27 positions at the Chamber are currently being held by women. I’d call that progress.
This year’s International Women’s Day campaign theme is #PressForProgress. Although much has changed, we are not quite at the finish line. The World Economic Forum 2017 Global Gender Gap Report study found that gender parity is more than 200 years away. We may not see gender pay equality in our lifetime, but there is much to be done for generations to come.
Fast forward to 2018 keeping with that momentum, the Chamber announced Paula Gold-Williams, CEO and President of CPS Energy, as the 2018 Chair-Elect. Not only has she dedicated her life to being a pacesetter for CPS, she is most importantly a wife and a mother. If you have never had the pleasure of even being in the same room as Paula, please do. Grace and eloquence surround her like an ambient glow. Gold-Williams is a mentor to college students, vice presidents, directors, managers, and hourly team members. She is the epitome of a leader, and we are all a little luckier to know her. And, let’s remember that in 2016 Renee Flores of AT&T was Chamber Chairman. During her tenure, she worked tirelessly to make a difference in our city, and ultimately she made our city better through her priorities and vision.
Today we would also like to honor our past Chair Women of the board, Jamie Rochelle, Brenda Vickry Johnson, and Carri Baker.
Women everywhere are stepping up to the plate and continuously knocking out home runs. Today we thank you, we honor you, and we promise to keep that momentum going.
In addition today’s celebration of women, each year, through the Tribute to Women Business Leaders awards, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce celebrates women business leaders who are making a difference in San Antonio. The awards honor individuals who embody leadership qualities which have driven not only their personal success, but also the success of those around them. Know someone you’d like to nominate? Learn more!
Cheers to women.