As many of you know, I will leave for a 27-month Peace Corps assignment in Ukraine, a nation at a pivotal point in its history, in just a few short days. Although I am unsure of who I will be directly working with, the prospect of working with the women of Ukraine is particularly exciting. Great change does not happen without the participation of women. We are essential to societal change. As a student of civil society, you begin to see a pattern emerge: women have served as the backbone of so many of the great movements throughout history. Whether it was the Civil Rights movement, or prison reform, or any of these great issues, the role of women has been terribly important.
In closing, please allow me to express how honored I am that my former colleagues at The International Center wanted to hear my thoughts on International Women’s Day. We have had so many fabulous international women come through Indianapolis in the past, each of whom have opened our eyes to the condition of women around the world. This International Women’s Day, I implore each of you to pause and think about our sisters all around the world and what we can do to help one another grow and thrive.
By Diane Thomas, former President and CEO, The International Center