Vision + Action = Equality in Motion Begins

Editor’s note: This blog is a series about the discussions that took place during Vision + Action = Equality in Motion on Oct. 11-13 in Chicago. This series is authored by Jan Stone, who volunteered her time and talent to attend 3,000 Days and Counting.

Part two of this blog, which will address each goal discussion, will be posted Oct. 18.

By Jan Stone

On Oct. 12 in Chicago, Vision 2020’s Campaign for Equality, an initiative from Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership, took place in the lower level of the Chase Building. The session, titled “3000 Days and Counting” outlines solid strategies to achieve the five national goals this group created. Strategies, it’s important to note, the groups came up with this morning. Amazing in and of itself.  Also notable, these are goals, strategies and tactics are without any of the sizable emotional baggage that comes along with gender inequality.

Vision 2020 is a campaign to make gender equality a SHARED mission for women and men:

Vision 2020 now has 46 National Allies representing more than 20 million women and girls. Leveraging these numbers, we all hope will allow the five goals of Vision 2020 become a reality. Lots of big business supports this group, including the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co., Exelon Foundation, Northern Trust, JP Morgan Chase & Co. and others. For a full listing of sponsors, visit: http://drexel.edu/vision2020/conversation/.

The moderator is Maria Hinojosa, an Emmy-winning journalist from PBS. As she was introduced, the group took the opportunity to present her with the Courageous Advocate Award. An interesting fact about her is that her favorite animal is the underdog. There’s no sense of underdog when it comes to her background of stellar journalism, which include the Robert F. Kennedy and the Edward R. Murrow awards earned for her documentary spotlighting the victimization of girls.

It’s not overkill to start with a reminder of what a struggle it is to be a woman in 2011. Especially a Hispanic woman. “It’s joyous to be empowered,” Hinojosa said, but it doesn’t come without relying on others. As a Mexican immigrant, she’s continually inspired by the women she meets.  It fuels her as does her 13-year-old daughter. I appreciate this because I married a first-generation Hispanic man, and I, too, have daughters who I worry about and with quite often.

Her daughter, like mine, is witnessing change.  So much so that she asked her mother if they could go to Wall Street and see the Occupy protests. While Hinojosa is a journalist and can’t participate in the protest, she was overwhelmingly proud to show her daughter a demonstration where nobody was arrested–a marvelous example of democracy in action. Hinojosa also recalled her mother going downtown to see  protests led by Martin Luther King, Jr. And with the wisdom of hindsight, she recognizes what an example her mother was. Although she wasn’t raised with the protection of some very fundamental rights promised by our Constitution, her mother became an activist and we don’t have to project very far to identify how she produced an activist daughter of such renown.

The takeaway: We must talk with our daughters, and our sons, and anyone else at the kitchen about the issue of gender equality. They are the advocates of our future, and their beliefs are forged in part from what happens at dinnertime.

Back to business at hand: the five national goals projected to be realized by 2020 are:

  • Achieve pay equity, so that equal pay for equal work will be the norm in America.
  • Increase the number of women in senior leadership positions in American life to reflect the workforce talent pool and demographics.
  • Educate employers about the value of policies and practices that enable men and women to share fairly their family responsibilities.
  • Educate new generations of girls and boys to respect their differences and to act on the belief that America is at its best when leadership is shared and opportunities are open to all.
  • Mobilize women in America to vote, with particular emphasis on a record-setting turnout in 2020, the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

Part two of this blog, which will address each goal discussion, will be posted Oct. 18.

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