Women have made limitless achievements throughout time, continue to accomplish new feats daily, and will accomplish true greatness in perpetuity. But of our country’s 240+ year history, it’s only been since the late 1980s there’s a Congressional declaration recognizing ‘extraordinary achievements of American Women.’
With each year, success and worthy accolades, all month of March we celebrate women across the country and in many parts of the world. Today we see female strength and achievement at every level, in every movement and mobilization, and our position and confidence grows stronger each day. While celebrating Women's History Month, we pay special tribute to women whose strides in the STEM arena, especially those in technology, have motivated and inspired our own stories.
Happy Women’s History Month!
A wonderful tribute can be found here from the Department of Energy who provide a downloadable coloring book recognizing significant achievers in the fields of mathematics, physics, medicine, science and other STEM trailblazers. There’s renewed interest in the late Hedy Lamarr, a scandalously glorious actress of the 1930s who also happened to develop and patent a critical radio wave innovation that underscores today’s mobile and wireless technology. America’s very first woman Civil Engineer, Nora Stanton Blatch Barney was the third generation of Stanton women who, among her many other academic and professional achievements, famously fought for women’s rights to aspire and succeed.
Cultural references in films like “Contact” with Jodie Foster (groundbreaking actor and director her own self) as a SETI scientist who achieves the first radio contact with space and current movies like “Hidden Figures” shine a light on significant women in science who overcame adversities in the mid twentieth century. Thanks to books and movies, these women are getting the recognition so duly earned. Fast forward to 2009 and real life when the first ever live tweet from space was sent by Florida’s and NASA’s own Nicole Stott, the ‘artistic astronaut’ https://www.npsdiscovery.com/ who, despite retiring in 2015, continues to mentor, lecture, teach and tour and inspire the next generation of young women in the sciences.
Congratulations and kudos to these amazing women!
Speaking of NASA brings us back to earth, and to Florida, specifically Central Florida, where we founded our own women-led technology company, Bold! Technologies. As mother to a young woman, I want positive role models and examples of excellence to inspire and motivate her. In my own life, I began my career in publishing and became increasingly excited by the new and emerging world of digital and social media to promote and manage my personal brand and business. As a committed and involved member of my social community, we stay active in church, school, the arts and other civic activities. And as a mentor of young women in tech, as someone who recognizes the responsibility of encouraging and inspiring the next generation of women, a great deal of my time is spent speaking at events, participating in forums and panels and providing one-on-one mentoring of brave women who’ll lead us into the future.
And Happy 28th anniversary as well to the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988, without which, we might not have a women-held business. When HR 5050 became law, women business owners finally had the legal right to borrow money with which to fund their own businesses. It was Terry Neese, 1990 president of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) who was instrumental in campaigning and promoting the bill. Per NAWBO, in America today there are over 9 million women entrepreneurs, a number that would be far different if not for the works of those bold women before us. We’re proud to be one of those business owners, a NAWBO member and grateful to all those who helped make it possible. Let’s keep working together and support each other in every way we can.
And Happy Women’s History Month to one & all.