Woman of the Week: Elizabeth Warren

“Nevertheless, she persisted.” A rallying quote evoking feminist sentiment that has quickly taken over the media. But where does it come from? And what’s the real meaning behind it? Well, its essence is captured by this week’s Woman of the Week: Elizabeth Warren. 

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Elizabeth Warren is the senior Senator of Massachusetts who has quickly gained popularity due not only to her progressive stances, but also her determination. In the 1960s, she was raised by a single mother who supported her family off of a minimum wage job at Sear’s. She recognizes that today, this is a reality unattainable by many families due to perniciously low minimum wages. Correspondingly, her main agenda consists of breaking up large corporations on Wall Street and creating and maintaining a high minimum wage to secure a brighter, more prosperous future for America. 

It is no surprise that these progressive policies have made Warren a chief target of her male GOP Senate colleagues, who voted in February to silence her for assailing Trump’s Attorney General Nominee, Jeff Sessions. It was here that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made his now-famous remark:  “She was warned. She was given an explanation.  Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Altogether, we would like to dedicate this week’s WoW to the educated, courageous woman who continues to resist and persist in the face of adversity and discrimination. Her acts of benevolence remind us to act fearlessly and to use our power to actively defend those without it. Continue to persist, Elizabeth Warren.

Woman of the Week: Edith Green

Congresswoman Edith Green (2nd woman senator from Oregon, served as a U.S. Senator from 1955-1974)

Congresswoman Edith Green (2nd woman senator from Oregon, served as a U.S. Senator from 1955-1974)

We Are WoWed Because:

This past week marked 2017’s “Equal Pay Day” across the United States. For this week’s WoW, we therefore want to recognize an inspiring woman who paved the way for equal pay in America.

Berkeley Women in Business appreciates Congresswoman Edith Green for all of her trailblazing in the United States Senate to establish equality for women in the workforce. Aside from helping pass other bills such as the 1972 Equal Opportunity in Education Act, better known as Title IX, Green notably introduced the “Equal Pay Act” in Congress over 50 years ago to try to mend the wage gap among genders. She faced extensive sexism in congress, but used her resources and personal drive to make positive change for women everywhere.

This week, and every week, BWIB educates women about their impact in the workforce, and we strive to emulate one of our role models, Congresswoman Edith Green, who impacted many future generations of women with her direct influence on the treatment of women in the workforce. Happy Equal Pay Day from all of us at BWIB!