2012 is the year that I am almost 40. Age really isn’t a big thing for me; the women in my family go on for more decades than most (meet my grandma). But it’s always good to know the company you’re keeping so I put the power of Google to work and searched for celebrities turning 40. (Please keep all comments about me putting myself in the company of celebrities to yourself.)
Turning 40 in 2012: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Garner, Selma Blair, Gabrielle Union, and Alyssa Milano – just to name a few. Also 40 in 2012 – Title IX.
Title IX, the law requiring gender equity for boys and girls in every education program that receives federal funding, was passed in 1972. Woo hoos to 40!
I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am the mother of two brilliant girls. I am a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and am very proud of the company of successful and strong women that I keep. I am the executive director of A Woman’s Place, founded, led by, and committed to the empowerment of women. I am a partner in the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition.
Title IX is not just about sports (although even I paid attention to the UConn Women’s Basketball 90-game winning streak by in the late 2000s). It’s about so much more. It’s about access, quality, advancement. It’s about Equality.
Equality is not about success at the expense of another. To be equal is to be alike in quantity, degree, or value. When scales have been tipped excessively and destructively in one direction, we need to proactively work to balance those scales. Proactively work to achieve equality. Investing in educating girls is a smart investment in the development of our world.
Title IX isn’t done and neither am I. I am just beginning and the future has never looked so beautiful.
Can you imagine the beautiful potential of equality?
Equality: A Woman’s Place believes each and every one of us must collaborate to create a new society based in equal power and rights.*
*excerpt from the Values Statement of A Woman’s Place
Ifeoma U. Aduba