Celebrating Women's History Month
As the President of AnimeCon.org, I have had the privilege of working alongside countless women who have made a significant impact on the anime and convention industry. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I am reminded of the remarkable women who have inspired me throughout my life.
First and foremost, my vice-President Erica has worked tirelessly to make our events fun, friendly, and safe. She works so hard on all of our events that they just wouldn’t be possible without her.
Also, in these times where racism is rearing its ugly head frequently in public discourse again, I would like to honor the incredible Rosa Parks. Her bravery and determination in the face of discrimination sparked a movement and changed the course of history. Her story has been an inspiration to me, and her courage serves as a reminder to stand up for what is right and just, even when it may not be the easiest path.
Another woman who has inspired me is a lady I learned about from a meme – Margaret Hamilton – who wrote a ridiculous amount of code for NASA. This woman played a crucial role in the Apollo 11 mission, helping to put a man on the moon. Her work was essential to the success of the mission, and yet she went largely unrecognized for decades. Her dedication to her work and her perseverance in building something amazing are qualities that I deeply admire.
I read about Margaret in a meme about how much code she wrote and I was blown away by the shear volumes, and felt my own coding prowess feel abysmal in comparison. Seeing her work has inspired me to be a better programmer. This giant stack of code helped get us to the moon! (which I own, by the way).
Of course, I cannot write about inspirational women without mentioning my own mother. She has been a constant source of love and support throughout my life, and her unwavering faith in me has been a driving force in my success. Her strength and resilience in the face of challenges are qualities that I hope to emulate in my own life.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her groundbreaking work in the legal field paved the way for generations of women to come, and her legacy continues to inspire women around the world. Her determination and dedication to justice are qualities that we should all strive to embody.
You might think I’m pandering when mentioning RBG, but I seriously have a notorious RBG sticker on the living room wall. It’s no surprise that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or RBG as she was affectionately known, has become such a powerful symbol of strength and perseverance, particularly for women. Her tireless work to advance gender equality and civil rights throughout her career as a lawyer and Supreme Court Justice has left an indelible mark on our society. Despite facing numerous obstacles throughout her life and career, RBG remained unwavering in her commitment to justice and equality. Her legacy will undoubtedly continue to inspire future generations of women to fight for what is right and just, even in the face of adversity.
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I am grateful for these incredible women who have shaped our world in so many ways. Their stories remind us that we all have the power to make a difference, and that our actions, no matter how small, can have a profound impact on the world around us. Let us honor their legacies by continuing to fight for equality and justice for all.
As the President of AnimeCon.org, I am committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for all individuals who identify as women, both within our organization and at our events. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue their passions and interests without fear of discrimination or bias.
We are proud to have a diverse and talented team of women working alongside us, and we recognize the importance of providing them with the support and resources they need to succeed. We actively seek out and encourage the participation of women in all aspects of our organization, from leadership roles to panel presentations, and are always looking for ways to further promote diversity and inclusivity within the anime and convention community.
Of course, there is always more work to be done in the fight for gender equality, both within the anime and convention industry and in society at large. But I am committed to doing my part to support women and to create a more just and equitable world for all. By standing together and advocating for change, we can make a difference and create a brighter future for generations to come.