“Add women. Change everything.”

Last Thursday night, I was fortunate to join the most fantastic group of women at an 85 Broads event.  85 Broads was started about 12 years ago by a group of women from Goldman Sachs (located at 85 Broad Street).

Marie Wilson

The speaker was Marie Wilson, President and Founder of the White House Project.  This is the powerhouse woman who brought you Take your Daughter to Work day.  I didn’t know that, did you?

Wow, Marie knocked our socks off!  Did you know that only 21% of all news subjects are about women?  And of the 1.2 billion people living in poverty worldwide, 70% are women.  Or that Rwanda has the highest percentage of women parliamenteers in the world at 56%.  The US Senate has only 14 female senators… and yet in every election since 1980, more women in the US have voted than men.  Whoa…  I am a Smithie and even I did not know these statistics.

Charles Malik said “The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world”.   Well, Marie is mobilizing!  Are you ready?

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