How many of you know that the Young Women's Christian Association, the YWCA, celebrated its 150th anniversay last month? I got a note about this from a good friend and have been trying to get it into the mix here at Lip-sticking because this is not only a great accomplishment, it's a testament to the power of the women's market.
First, let's note that after 150 years, "the YWCA continues to lead the charge to empower women to seek racial justice and to serve all women in every aspect of their lives, from economic empowerment to ending domestic violence, to seeking change that wil bring quality healthcare to women and families."
As we move forward in this brand new environment - in a place of historic proportion - I want to share the results of the YWCA survey that talks about what women want, relative to the coming administration in Washington.
Here are the WHAT WOMEN WANT: A national survey of priorities and concerns, key findings showing some of the differences between Gen Y and their older sisters. They say, "...that 'civil rights and racial justice' should be a top priority," compared with women aged 30-70.
Of course, there are other important issues, also. The economy rates pretty high, as a concern for these women. 92% of women aged 18-70 "say that the new administration and Congress should make solving the financial crisis in the U.S. a top priority in the first year of their administration.
In the end, we are looking to Michele Obama to take a lead role in championing women and women's rights.
Actually, the study says, "take a visible leadership role and champion issues that are important to her" but let's face it, that means issues that are important to all women - civil rights, financial security, and being able to take care of our family.
This study stands as a collective voice for hundreds of women, of all ages. We ladies who work on the net are eager to help by using our collective insight and talents - to blog, to Twitter, to use our social networks...all Michele has to do is ask.
From the world of Moms Rising, to the founders of family networks in social media, to the single gals of the country, women are poised and ready to get involved. We stand shoulder to shoulder, across the land, and woe be it to any organization or political leader to dismiss us. We will not be ignored. We will not be silenced. We will not let our sons and daughters, our sisters and Mothers, our brothers and fathers, and...even our pets, down. We will make the future better.
Are you ready? I am.