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Women who serve . . .

It’s been awhile since I have written. No excuses. We’re all too busy. I’ve been told I am taking up valuable “real estate” on the college’s home page, so here’s my latest installment . . .

Over the past several weeks I’ve been thinking about women who serve. Our veterans. Our civil servants. Our visionaries.

Our veterans. Several weeks ago Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter visited the college—Jeannie is helping us launch a program for recruiting women veterans to the college. The GI Bill—in its latest, very robust form—will pay for a woman vet to attend TWC without any additional cost. Between the GI Bill and the college’s deeply discounted tuition rate, we can educate those who serve. It’s the least we can do for the women who have served our country around the world, and particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Our civil servants. Last week I attended The White House Project EPIC awards dinner and met Kiran Badi, the first woman to serve in the Indian Police Service in 1972, retiring three years ago. Kiran is a women’s college graduate (no surprise there!) and ultimately obtained a law degree in the late eighties. A social activist, she instituted many reforms and established two NGOs in the areas of welfare and preventive policing, prison reformation, and child welfare. “Yes Madam, Sir” is a film of Kiran’s life, directed by Australian Megan Donerman, which documents her extraordinary contributions.

Our visionaries. I want to acknowledge the amazing work of Marie C. Wilson, founder and president of The White House Project (TWHP). Marie founded The White House Project to advance women’s leadership, knowing that when women are leading alongside men in all sectors—politics, business, education, law, the media—we will have a truly representative democracy. Marie’s vision and the work of TWHP, particularly in educating us all about the continued leadership gap for women and strategies to solve the gap, make a difference in achieving that representative democracy. TWC is a proud strategic partner of TWHP as we collaborate to advance women leaders.

Our veterans. Our civil servants. Our visionaries. Women making a difference in the lives of many, and making a difference in how we see and understand women’s leadership.

I have a new niece—Alexandra Eva Lynn Gangone—Allie for short—and it is my hope that these women making a difference today will result in Allie have a real opportunity to lead when she is ready. I’m glad that The Women’s College, and its students—and women like Marie Wilson, Kiran Badi, and our veterans—are  part of making Allie’s future, and the future of all of our daughters, granddaughters, nieces—a little brighter by virtue of their service today.

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