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Work Hard, Dream Big
In an online post in The Huffington Post, nine hard-working women are featured for their great accomplishments! The key message to remember here is everyone has to start somewhere.
This post highlights nine women who got their start as assistants and made their way to the top. To name a few, Jenna Lyons, the current executive director at J Crew, had her start in the J Crew men’s section when she was 21. Donna Karan, designer for Donna Karan New York and DKNY, began her career at Anne Klein as an assistant making coffee and sharpening pencils. Lastly, Ursula Burns, Madam Chairman and CEO of Xerox, began as an intern. Burns was the first African American woman to lead a major corporation in the United States and she is the first female CEO to take over after another woman. How awesome is that?!
These women show there are endless possibilities if you find your starting place! Our very own JRF scholar, Lucy (pictured right) agrees in saying, “I now believe in myself and know that anything is possible with hard work, determination, and strong will.” Lucy found her start after devoting her time to her family and helping her husband with his business. She is currently working towards an associate’s degree in Health Information Management. She says since she has begun this journey her confidence has “boosted ten-fold.”
It is such a great feeling to see these women succeed! If you are out there looking for your starting place, I say READY, SET, GO!!
Scholar selection and support
Jeannette Rankin Fund volunteers are getting ready for the third, and final, level of application review. Starting with nearly 800 applications, pairs of dedicated supporters have read, analyzed and selected women to move to through two steps in the review process, ultimately ending with a group discussion at level three.
This year, about 60 applicants will be in the final stage of review. From that 60, one-third will not be selected for JRF scholarships. Many long-time volunteers decline to read at level three because the decisions are not easy and there are so many amazing women who need help.
A total of 87 renewal and new scholarships will be awarded this year, more than ever before. Each woman who is selected for a JRF scholarship will receive $2000 for the upcoming school year. Beyond that, she will be able to renew for up to five years, totaling $10,000 towards her education.
In addition, JRF scholars receive support year round from full-time Program Coordinator April Greene and from other JRF scholars and alumna in a closed Facebook group. JRF scholars often mention how important this care and encouragement is during times of stress and discouragement.
Donors and volunteers make all of this possible, and in this, JRF’s $2 Million year, we are grateful for all they’ve helped JRF scholars accomplish.
P.S. To find scholars in your area or career field, head over to our Scholars Stories page.
Celebrating International Women’s Day
March 8 may not seem like a particularly special day. But to those who know it as International Women’s Day, it symbolizes how far women have come in the quest for gender equality.
Compared to other holidays, International Women’s Day is relatively new. It was created in the early 1900s during a period of oppression and inequality for women. Unhappy with their status in society, women began demanding voting rights and better pay for their work. In 1909, International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time in the United States. Eleven years later, women would be granted the right to vote with the 19th amendment.
International Women’s Day is now an official holiday in countries all over the world including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cuba, Ukraine, Russia and Zambia. Many celebrate this holiday by giving gifts to the important women in their lives, like many do on Mother’s Day.
The United Nations joins in by announcing a theme for each year that highlights specific a issue. This year’s theme is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” The theme is sponsored by the UNITE campaign, which is led by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
“There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable,” said Ban Ki-moon.
Many Jeannette Rankin Fund scholars have faced the horrors of domestic violence and challenges that accompany it, like being single parents and sole providers for their families. Through their strength and determination, they now inspire other women to pursue better lives.
Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to low-income women ages 35 and older who have a vision of how their education will better themselves and the community. Education is critical in finding opportunities in the work force, especially for women seeking better pay and working conditions.
Join the cause and make a difference this International Women’s Day! UNITE by participating in International Women’s Day events and honoring special women in your life with a donation to Jeannette Rankin Fund.
What are your plans for March 8th? Share with us in the comments below.