When I was a child, a history of women’s achievements would start with mother, homemaker and culinary skills. Now, these limited areas have expanded beyond description, and Women currently reach into every career level available. If we take a look around, we see Women Achievers in every ﬁ eld such as, Oprah, a business and entertainment leader, writer Michelle Alexander and movie producer Eva Duvernay, Loretta Lynch, former Attorney General of the United States, youth rights activist, Marian Wright Edelman, April Ryan, author and news reporter, and Viola Davis, Oscar winner for her role in the Movie “Fences”, and winner of a Tony and Grammy award. In the background we acknowledge the Women from the movie, “Hidden Figures” staring and ??? Negge, from the movie “Loving”.
Locally, since 2008, The Journal has honored Women of Achievement (WOA) in a variety of careers, occupations, and as service providers. The WOA Breakfast was initiated in 2010 when we honored the heads of local Black Women service organizations (Jack and Jill, Phi Delta Kappa, Deltas, AKA‘s, Links and Women in Action).
In the vein of inspiring the next generation, we honored Women in Ministry and Women in Medicine, Women Pioneers who opened so many doors in Pasadena, in Real Estate, Law, Education, Business and Corporate Executives, Women heading Organizations working
with youth, and Women in Business.
The Journal Women of Achievement Breakfast this year (on April 15, 2017) is designed to inspire the next generation and honor those who have paved the way for those coming after them. They are the pace setters who have accomplished much. The event is also a reminder that young women can achieve no matter where they begin. Doctors who have been the ﬁrst in their families to graduate from College, Teachers who were told that they could work in the kitchen but couldn’t work as the classroom teachers or School principals they were.
Privilege is a word that does not enter the vocabulary of many of our Achievers, as many have had to struggle to reach the highest heights of their professions and careers. This year we honor Women with Careers working in local government including one whose career grew out of the inspiration of watching the career of the great Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. A Police commander whose career grew out of a bad experience with the Police and wanting to change the opinion of the position. An Administrator who follow God’s word and spends her spare time collecting and distributing life sustaining items to the homeless such as blankets, shoes, sweaters, coats and food. Another who has spent much of her life as a medical professional caregiver, working in radiology. A banking services professional whose service to her church is an important part of her life, and a professional who works with technology who says that the way she prepares to do her job is to show up daily, prepared to do what God has planned for her.
We encourage you to bring young women along to the WOA breakfast, so they can meet, ﬁ rst hand, women who at sometime in their life had to overcome prejudice and discrimination to accomplish much. They are our sheros carrying forward the legacy of Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks.
Join us in honoring these women and say “Thank you” for your service and sacriﬁce.
Order tickets from the Journal Ofﬁ ce by stopping by, 1541 N. Lake Avenue, in Pasadena, or call: 626-798-3972.