We have all cracked a few grass ceilings throughout our careers. And you know what — when it happens, it feels terrific! When you think back to 1991 when the EWGA was originally created by Nancy Oliver, she was sticking her neck out and taking a risk to provide each and every one of us with opportunities through the game of golf that were not readily available and sought after at that time by women. And for nearly 20 years, the EWGA has made a difference in the lives of over 100,000 women. That is something we can all be very proud of! As an organization we do so much for women of all ages: we support young girls; we provide women with tools to advance their careers through volunteer leadership, the awarding of the EWGA Foundation’s Women On Par Scholarship, the Drive for Dreams Campaign and the countless charity events EWGA members run coast-to-coast annuallly. EWGA members and EWGA volunteer leaders truly live the EWGA vision of enriching the lives of women through the game of golf.
With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men. Our work is not done. However, women do have real choices. And we need to celebrate those choices and role models!
While here in the United States, the entire month of March is designated as “Women’s History Month”; around the world thousands of events are held celebrating, inspiring and honoring the achievements of women. The EWGA is about to celebrate the achievements of our top leaders at the upcoming EWGA Golfpalooza in Pinehurst in early April.
Each and every one of us can make a difference. Do your part to ensure that the future is bright and rewarding for all women. Give yourself a round of applause and celebrate your individual achievements on this 8th day of March which is International Women’s Day!