International Women's Day

Today is a good day to think about how far we have come as women and how far we have yet to go. We became President of the United States, almost! But we are also protesting on the streets of Spain against gender inequality and sexual discrimination. We could take this opportunity to celebrate the successes of transsexual women, or focus on the plight of mothers who lost their daughters to Boko Haram and other terrorist groups. There are so many successes and so many challenges. This women's history month, the Thomas Foundation has renewed its commitment to supporting the cause of women and girls around the world. In collaboration with the SAIS Women's Alumni Network (SWAN) DC, the Thomas Foundation hosted a happy hour to highlight the impact of partner organizations such as Education for All Morocco that are providing access to opportunities for growth and learning for young women and girls. It is through our commitment to girls' education, their security and economic stability that we can ensure a pathway for women's empowerment. It's time that we speak and they listen. We are the young woman protesting gun laws, they are the law makers. We are Malala, they are the Taliban. We are the men and women, girls and boys who believe in equal rights for women, and they are the status quo. It's our day; let's make it our year, our century.