Praise for holding up half the sky

admin | 3/8/2012, 4 a.m.

NCRW honors womens accomplishments

Several studies have proven that often women are less likely than their male counterparts to have their accomplishments praised or even recognized. Women need to hear the stories of other women who have succeeded against adversity, said Linda Basch, the president of the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW). Women need role models, mentors and sponsors to inspire them and guide them to become the best they can be. That is why we celebrate women leaders each year and use their examples to pave the way for others. On Tuesday, March 6th, NCRW, an organization dedicated to promoting research on women and applying that research into policy, presented their 13th annual Making a Difference for Women awards to women across various age groups, ethnicities and businesses. This years honorees include Beth A. Brooke, global vice chair and member of Ernst and Young, LLP; Abigail E. Disney, Pamela Hogan and Gini Reticker, the co-creators of Women, War and Peace,; Anita Hill, law professor of law, public policy and womens studies at Brandeis University; and Soledad OBrien, CNN anchor. Because NCRW is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, 30 female leaders were also recognized at the awards ceremony, according to Vivienne Heston-Demirel, the director of communications for NCRW. We work closely with our Board of Directors, our Corporate Circle of major companies, and our Presidents Circle of leaders from higher education to find suitable candidates, she said. The Awards Dinner Committee of the Board of Directors selects finalists. While the NCRW is pleased with the gains women have made, the organization recognizes that gender equality is still a long ways off. Women still earn 77 cents to a mans dollar; for [Black] women it is 63 cents and Latina women 55 cents, Basch added. The gender gaps in pay, opportunity and leadership are unacceptable. We believe that investing in women, their families and communities will pay huge dividends in terms of increased autonomy and ability to contribute to their full potential. By Kaila Heardkheard@miamitimesonline.com