The first lecture to the Not Equal Yet lecture series was held on January 28th at The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA. The lecturer, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown, opened the lecture by saying, “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” She then proceeded to screen a video where she addressed the lack of women on corporate boards in Philadelphia. In the video, she explains that “the issue of lack of women at the table is the root of a greater problem that is plaguing our national public dialogue.” Students were engaged as the councilwoman explained the importance of women’s roles in politics.
Many students were unaware of how truly underrepresented women are in the political field. Students tested their IQ on women’s achievements in the civic arena, by completing a quiz at the end of the lecture. Laura Nguyen, a senior at The Baldwin School, said “I came to this event with some knowledge of the underrepresentation of females in politics. I left with a better understanding of the reality of gender inequality.”
Julia Busby, a senior at The Baldwin School, said, “I thought Councilwoman Reynolds-Brown was eloquent and passionate about women’s rights. She wasn’t afraid to acknowledge the very real problems women in our society still face. She used her role in politics to come up with realistic and effective solutions to gender inequality.”
The Not Equal Yet lecture series will continue through the end of the 2015 school year with women professionals successful in their field of expertise. Not Equal Yet lecture series may be attended by high school junior and senior girls.
Julia Busby also expressed her views of the program as a whole, “Not Equal Yet is the perfect example of young people taking initiative and addressing problems within our society. Women today still face a society and workplace that view them as inferior to men, but because of programs like, Not Equal Yet, we will one day be able to achieve gender equality. I think that hearing successful female politicians, educators, and entrepreneurs can inspire young women to be ambitious and unapologetic for their success.”
The next Not Equal Yet event will be held at 6:30 PM on February 18th, at The Baldwin School. Lecturer Dr. Rhonda Hughes will discuss women achieving a PhD degree in mathematics and becoming faculty members at leading universities.
Contributor: Madison Dawkins