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KQED – Women In Business – by Makers – Women who make America

Event Highlights: KQED – Women In Business – by Makers – Women who make America

I left the MAKERS: Women Who Make America Series with several things on my mind. First, it is awesome that SAP is bringing this program and type of event to the Silicon Valley and secondly, although women have made great strides in business, the metaphorical path has been paved and we have a job to keep the hedges trimmed and keep the weeds from returning. The MAKERS program reminded me that we today don’t have to worry about not being able to go into a field and work in whatever industry we choose. Nor do we strive solely to find a partner that will support us in exchange to be home makers. Many of us never even think about this until much later in our lives and consequently most of us have a career first before forming a familiy of our own.

If before, we as women, could only strive to be home makers, today we can strive to be home makers, have a career and be head of household. The MAKERS Women in Business series reminded me this path has been set. For me it came in the form of not having any doubt about going to University. In fact, I was spoiled by having many choices on where to attend without fear of gender discrimination. The landscape has been set but we still need to tidy up, “Lean In”, and change in many cases our own mindset. I believe the glass ceiling is now within us. Let’s encourage ourselves to explore, to find what excites us, to find our passion, then take that passion and incorporate it into a career.

Let’s continue to trim the hedges; the path has been paved by Women in Business.

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