February 14, 2012 § 2 Comments
Today’s is Valentine’s Day – a day dreaded by some and embraced by others! But over here, let’s call it Heart Day and take some time to stop and think about the women who have given us “heart” and inspired us throughout the years.
I’d have to say, one of the first was my great-aunt Mary. As a child, I spent a lot of time with her as she was already retired. She had gone to work as a computer programmer in the 1940’s – one of only two female programmers in the area. My mother recalls riding around with her aunt and hearing her tool box clanking in the back seat – those were the days when computers were “programmed” using wrenches. My great aunt recalled dealing with sexism when she would arrive on a site to work, but she held her head high because she knew she belonged there and nobody was going to judge her because she was wearing a dress. She was confident in the quality of the work she delivered. My Aunt Mary always recalled her years working with much fondness and respect for those she worked with – both male and female.
Her voice was one of many in a chorus of amazing women in my family who constantly told me the only limits were the ones I put on myself. As a kid, well-educated, empowered women (and the men who valued those qualities) were the norm. I realized only later how lucky I was.
I’m fortunate that I had many inspiring role models and I continue to be inspired and encouraged by women around me. I can’t leave the office without having learned something new from the fantastic ladies who are the heart of the Empowerment Center.
So, today in honor of heart day, who inspired you? Or conversely, who are you hoping to inspire?
Posted by: Heather Comstock