Why Women?

What makes history? Perhaps more specifically who makes history? What type of person can see the world and not only believe in the possibility of a better tomorrow, but in the achievability? Change is often sparked by a catalyst; a condition, event, or person that is the cause of an important change. We need leaders who motivate and inspire us to make the changes that will improve our lives, and the lives of generations that follow. We need catalysts to spark the change our campus needs.

We need women.

Women are game changers. Margaret Thatcher, the United Kingdom's first female Prime Minister said it best, "If you want something done; ask a woman."

Women have long improved the world surrounding them. We mobilize and act on passion, on values, on what matters most to us. We make it happen; we take our visions of what the world could be and should be, and we make it a reality.

We see these women transforming the world all around us, in every field and in every way.

In social reform, we see Jane Addams, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and champion for children's rights and public health in the 1800s.

In civil rights, we hear Maya Angelou, who famously said, "Nothing will work unless you do." Angelou fought tirelessly for racial and gender equality, and her poetry inspired generations of women's rights advocates.

In international rights, we support Malala Yousafzai. After speaking against the Taliban's oppression of women, Yousafzai narrowly survived a gunshot to the head. She used her attack as a way to draw further attention to global female oppression.

In our lives we know women who do it all; mothers, professionals, entrepreneurs, scholars, leaders. Many of us are these women.

Why You?

We women have a choice to make. Harriet Beecher Stowe, abolitionist and advocate, once remarked that "the past, the present, and the future are really one: they are today." While the successes of the women who have led before us inspire us, the challenges of tomorrow still face us.

We need women for tomorrow's challenges. As JMU continues to grow and develop, there remains a need for women to be engaged with the university. We need catalysts to spark the growth of new generations of leaders. We need women.

We need you.

We need your insight and your experience. We need to share the challenges that we have faced and the successes we have achieved. We need to continue transforming the world and this campus for the better, the same way other women did before us.

We are ready to make a difference. We will do what we can to leave the world and this campus better than when we found it.

Will you?

   

- Jennifer Taylor, Ph.D.
Women for Madison Advisory Council member

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