As promised, I am dedicating my blog on Wednesdays to highlighting the efforts of Women, both in the public eye and those who work behind the scenes, to make a difference, bring about meaningful change, or move the cause of Women forward. For many of these Women, the social biography they are fulfilling is deliberate. Many are following a path they intuitively feel is right. Others are more focused and purposeful. In any case, I ask you to think about YOUR social biography, and put it into action TODAY. If you haven't yet found your purpose or direction, I hope the inspiration of these Women will help motivate you.
I have chosen Hilda Solis, our recently appointed Secretary of Labor, as this week's Profile in Women's Courage. She was the first woman to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000. Click here for more about her background and social biography.
It is fitting, I believe, that she be given the spotlight today as we struggle as a nation with high unemployment, especially, within the middle class, and increasingly, among women. This link will give you some statistical perspective on the problem, but it does not tell the whole story. There are an increasing number of women and their children being effected by the loss of their husbands/fathers job, not to mention the single mothers who rely on spousal support and can no longer count on it because of layoffs, and gov't subsidy cutbacks.
As I have said before, we are in the second phase of a recession caused largely by bad bets, and too much debt. As men and women continue to lose their income, this will only worsen the situation by causing more defaults, lower asset prices, and reduced consumption. We need jobs creation to be a priority. If Sec'y Solis' courageous spirit is any indication of our future, there can be little doubt that once again, the best "man for the job", is a woman!
Until next post, continue to believe, achieve, receive. SDG-JBHIV