The 50 best moments for women
As we start 2012 with high hopes and new resolutions, it's important to reflect on what has been accomplished in the past year. The Huffington Post recently published an article that identified the 50 Best Moments for Women in 2011. We sorted through the list and made the difficult decision of picking our top 10 favorite moments. Although there is still room for progress, this list serves as a reminder of the remarkable accomplishments of these female role models.
- Women achieve leadership roles in tech
2011 was a year when women achievied leadership positions in the tech industry. Meg Whitman, 55, of eBay was named CEO of Hewlett Packard. Just one month later, Ginni Rometty, 54, became the CEO of IBM. We are honored to have Meg Whitman as a keynote at this year's annual Simmons Leadership Conference.
- Girls sweep Google's Global Science Fair
In July 2011, American teen girls took all three spots in Google's first annual Global Science Fair. Further proof that males aren't the only ones who can succeed in science.
- New York Times 1st female Executive Editor
In an industry that is dominated by males, the New York Times named Jill Abramson, 57, their first female Executive Editor. Abramsom is a role model for all women in the journalism and publishing field.
- Saudi women gain right to vote
In May, 32-year-old Manal al-Sharif breaks Saudi Arabia's unwritten law banning women from driving a car. Hillary Clinton speaks out on the issue, 14 female U.S. Senators petition King Abdullah to let women drive, and Saudi women continue to fight for their rights. The result of their efforts? Abdullah granted women the right to vote in elections for the first time.
- 'Miss Representation' was released
Jennifer Siebel Newsom's documentary made everyone refocus on how badly the media depicts women and what steps we can do to change it. The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change held a screening of the film in November that drew in a packed room and helped spark the conversation on campus.
- Female head athletic trainer in MLB
In November, Sue Falsone was named the LA Dodgers' Head Athletic Trainer, making her the only female head athletic trainer in all men's major professional sports. Go, Sue!
- Increase of women entrepreneurs
The number of women starting companies has doubled since 2008, according to a survey conducted by Women 2.0, an organization that promotes female entrepreneurship. Simmons does its part by hosting the annual Silverman Business Plan Competition, which awarded the non-profit WaWa Project with $10,000.
- Gabrielle Giffords returns to Congress
Just seven months after being shot in the head, Gabrielle Giffords returns to Congress to vote on the debt-ceiling bill. Earlier in the year, Simmons wrote "Letters of Hope" to Congresswoman Giffords. She's a fellow women's college alumna!
- Queens of comedy at the Emmy Awards
2011 saw women take charge in more ways than one. When Amy Poehler was called as a nominee for Best Actress in a Comedy at the 2011 Emmy Awards, she charged onto the stage and was followed by each nominee. A light moment that proved women are at the top of the comedic game.
- 'Our Bodies Ourselves' 40th anniversary
"Our Bodies, Ourselves," first published by the Boston Women's Health Collective celebrated its 40th birthday. The concept for the book first came about at a workshop held at fellow COF school Emmanuel College in 1969 .