“A quality education has the power to transform societies in a single generation, provide children with the protection they need from the hazards of poverty, labor exploitation and disease, and given them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to reach their full potential.” — Audrey Hepburn

My friend, Theresa Hogue, who works at Oregon State University, posted this on Facebook today. Thank you, Theresa.

Ms. Hepburn’s insight is perfect for International Women’s Day. And it speaks perfectly to the mission of Isis Initiative, Inc. It speaks to the power of education. I would add “the power of educating women.”

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Roses and Recognition

March 10, 2009

Betty came up to me after swimming class today.  “Did you get your rose?”

I had no idea what she was talking about. She explained that she’d read my name in the Corvallis Gazette-Times today. In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), the local chapter of Zonta gives yellow roses of recognition to people who have exemplified Zonta’s mission of improving the status of women worldwide.

From the Zonta Web site :

“Zonta International unites women and men in the pursuit of a common goal—to advance the status of women worldwide, giving them the collective strength to help individual women the world over realize their potential.

Zonta has been an active supporter of the United Nations since it was founded in 1945, and currently holds Non-Governmental Organization status at the United Nations and maintains active representatives at UN sites in Geneva, New York, Paris, and Vienna.

Zonta is a Native American word (Lakota-Sioux) meaning honest and trustworthy.”

I hadn’t received a rose or read the paper. When I returned home, I had a message from Patty York, a Zonta member, seeking to deliver my rose. We arranged to meet downtown in front of New Morning Bakery. She presented me with a rose and took my photograph.

I was surprised and delighted by the recognition and acknowledgement of the work of Isis Initiative. She asked me if I had any interest in participating in a panel featuring yellow rose recipients and a discussion about women’s education.

Yes.