The SEC is celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of virtual events led by the agency’s Women’s Committee and regional offices, including the SEC’s Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Philadelphia offices.
The events include an entrepreneur spotlight on Susan Sarich, founder and CEO of the California-based bakery SusieCakes; a discussion with Rebecca Pak, director of donor engagement at the Women’s Prison Association—the nation’s first organization for women affected by incarceration; and a discussion on Robin Hauser's TED Talk, "The Likability Dilemma for Women Leaders."
Staff are also hearing from Sarah Bunin Benor, professor of contemporary Jewish studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, talk about her “I Waited 96 Years!” project—stories from women born before the 19th Amendment who were, for the first time, voting for a woman for president of the United States.
One of the final events features a discussion with Keren Taylor, executive director of WriteGirl, a nationally recognized creative writing and mentoring organization for teen girls. Taylor says WriteGirl has worked to support and empower thousands of teen girls—several of whom come from underserved, high-density and low-income neighborhoods—toward becoming successful professionals and community leaders. Of note, WriteGirl alum Amanda Gorman was the inaugural poet for the 59th presidential inauguration ceremony on January 20, 2021.
This year’s Women’s History Month theme is a continuation of the 2020 centennial celebration, “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.”
Modified: April 8, 2021