Women Are Having A Moment (Now, Always & Forever)
We’re calling it: 2018 is the year of the woman.
Not that every year before hasn’t been & every year after won’t be, but this year, women are truly killing it AND getting the public praise they deserve. Sandra Oh was the first Asian woman nominated for a lead-actress Emmy, Mirai Nagasu became the first woman to land a triple axel in an Olympic competition & don’t even get us started on all the women running (& winning) for office. Woman power!
This month, our Fall Fashion campaign centers on a group of truly remarkable real women who have made amazing leaps in their respective career paths. Here’s a little bit more about what makes these six women so inspiring.
VANESSA BECKMAN: THE 4TH GRADE TEACHER
Vanessa always wanted to become a teacher. By the time she was nine, she was volunteering in kindergarten classrooms & in high school, she spent time tutoring elementary students.
She’s currently working in her dream job, teaching 4th grade students in La Verne, CA, while finishing up her Master’s in education. And to top it off, she spends her summers volunteering at the Madera County Library’s Summer Reading program. In her spare time, she enjoys reading & traveling.
TIFFINY BLACKNELL: THE PUBLIC DEFENDER & WORKING MOM
Tiffiny Blacknell, a working mother of three, has two great passions in life—her family & justice.
She has been a Public Defender for over 15 years, handling misdemeanor cases, juvenile adjudications & complex violent felonies.
She is also co-chair of the Women’s Defender Association, Vice President of the Black Public Defenders Association & is on the Board of Directors for a Reentry Foundation that helps formerly incarcerated people to reintegrate into their communities.
PATRICIA VALOY: THE CIVIL ENGINEER
Patricia Valoy has built a platform for herself in a male-dominated field (a very, very tall platform, which she probably drew up the blueprints for).
Patricia is an engineer & construction project manager in New York City. She knows the struggle of attracting & keeping women in STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) & works hard to create work environments where women are free from discrimination, sexism & racism.
She also speaks & writes on a variety of issues affecting the Latina community, including racism, immigration, cultural & religious pressures, in addition to living at the intersection of two cultures.
MISHAAL ASHEMIMRY: THE AEROSPACE ENGINEER
When Mishaal Ashemimry was six years old, she was gazing at the stars in the Unayzah desert & decided to start building space vehicles to explore the universe. Again, she was six.
Mishaal is a Saudi-American Aerospace Engineer, entrepreneur, speaker & influencer, who is continuing to explore the limits of the universe.
Mishaal founded MISHAAL Aerospace at age 26 to pursue her ultimate dream of building rocket ships. Her company’s objective was to design & build their own rockets to launch small satellites (500 kg or less) to Low Earth Orbit.
JOANN FALLETTA: THE ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR
Hailed as a “leading force for music of our time” for her work as a conductor & recording artist, JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra & the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Upon her appointment as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, she became the first woman to lead a major American ensemble.
JoAnn is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, recipient of many of the most prestigious conducting awards & a leading recording artist for Naxos.
BECKY HAMMON: THE NBA COACH
By the time Becky Hammon was three years old she could dribble a basketball. Her love for the sport grew from there, even though many considered her too small & slow to play professional ball.
But she persevered nonetheless, eventually playing professional women’s basketball at the highest level.
Though her professional basketball career ended due to an injury in 2013, she didn’t let it stop her. Shortly after, Hammon became the first-ever female in history to coach a U.S. professional men’s basketball team.