You may remember when we began our venture in 1991, the name of our new company and business publication was Networking Newspaper for Women. We were energized by the women’s movement and those heroines who were and have been at the forefront of efforts to move talented women into the influencial power centers of our society. Women like Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisholm, Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Geraldine Ferraro and the many others who had made a difference in a time when women in the movement aspired to achieve political office, more than token seats on corporate boards and recognition and respect as well as pay parity for their accomplishments. These women spoke about the responsibility, after breaking through the glass ceiling, to reach back and pull others through. They are our inspiration.
On Long Island, many women’s organizations spread the word and lobbied including Women on the Job, The Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women (one of the first) and the National Association for Women Business Owners (NAWBO). In New York City there were many others including the New York City Commission on the Status of Women. It was an exciting time to become involved and write about these women who were influencing history and making a difference. The association Catalyst.org was and still is a fabulous resource with a membership of more than 400 companies, firms, business schools and associations around the world reporting the statistics and trends of women in the workplace and the challenges and barriers to their success. (Networking® magazine wrote a cover story on Catalyst in those earlier years.)
Recently, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sponsored “A Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit” in New York City at New York University’s Kimmel Center. Many prominent women leaders met on panels and discussed aspects of women in business including the statistic that women still only make 78 percent of what men earn. The keynote speaker was Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama. When questioned by a woman in the audience, “What has changed in the past 30 years that will make a difference ” Jarrett answered that now men in power have educated daughters and will push for their advancement and empowerment in the workplace. More detail on the Summit appears on page 6.
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We are delighted to feature Geena Davis on our cover this month. This iconic star, with Susan Sarandon in the film “Thelma and Louise” has long been an advocate for women and women’s causes. Networking® magazine’s contributing editor Christine Giordano has written a fascinating piece about Geena Davis, a Mensa member, who is on the board of The White House Project, a non-profit that promotes the next generation of women to lead in politics and business. She has also launched the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. You will enjoy reading more about her on page 12.
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We are already making big plans for Networking’s eleventh annual David Awards Breakfast to be held at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Thursday, January 19, 2012, beginning at 7:30 am. Together with our 80 previous Davids, our new honorees represent the best of the best of Long Island/New York metro leaders. We look forward to celebrating these good men who not only excel in their professions but have led the way in philanthropic causes. What would we do without such visionary leadership Get a table together and join us for a most inspirational morning. For more details on the David Awards and other important Networking® news, visit our website. See our back cover.
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The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund held a fundraiser at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead. Networking’s contributing editor Denis Sheahan Jr. went to the happy event for 600 and photographed some members of the Baldwin family: mother Carol, sons William and Stephen, and daughters Beth and Jane. Carol has been dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer since 1997 after surviving a double mastectomy. We have known this courageous woman since she started her foundation and we featured her on Networking’s cover at that time. See the story on page 24.
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Christine Conniff Sheahan