Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy International Women's Day!

Happy International Women's Day! I started my celebration of this special day today by having breakfast with a woman I greatly admire, Dr. Naomi Lynn,  Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Illinois at Springfield and the first Hispanic public university president in the United States!!  I extend my best wishes today to all the women in my life that I admire and appreciate -  UIS women students (many of whom serve in important leadership positions on our campus), UIS women faculty colleagues, our exceptional UIS women staff,  my fellow University of Illinois women Chancellors,  Dr. Phyllis Wise at UIUC and Dr. Paula Allen-Meares in Chicago, my three wonderful daughters (Kristina, Elizabeth and Rachel and daughter-in-law Rebecca),  my five beautiful granddaughters (Abigail, Sophia, Camilla, Natalie and Elsa), my much treasured women friends and so many women (and girls) who are making a difference in the world today in countless ways. In honor of all of you, I've made my annual donation to Women for Women International, an NGO that supports women in war–torn regions with aid, job skills training, education and small business assistance so they can rebuild their lives.  This year, International Women’s Day focuses on ending violence against women — an ongoing and tragic human rights violation that affects up to 7 in 10 women. Celebrations are underway today in all corners of the globe.  This link is to a special musical celebration created just for today.