Women’s Equality Day: Celebrating 100 Years of Suffrage

Women’s Equality Day: Celebrating 100 Years of Suffrage

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the of the passage of the 19th amendment to U.S. Constitution, granting women in the United States the right to vote. This year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. On this day, we celebrate how far women have come in all areas of public life. In particular, we want to acknowledge the importance of women in our company, our industry, and our communities.

Remarkable Women of WithersRavenel

Remarkable Women of WithersRavenel is an internal resource group with three primary goals:

  1. Provide leadership and professional development opportunities through speakers, conversation, and panels.
  2. Offer a forum for members to seek advice on a variety of issues.
  3. Create opportunities for the remarkable women of the firm to network with one another across teams and departments in a fun and productive manner.

Remarkable Women of WithersRavenel met for their inaugural meeting on Friday, August 21. The meeting was facilitated by Chandra Storrusten, CEO & Chief Value Creation Officer at Visible Value. Participants—who included women and men across all departments, offices, and roles—talked about taking ownership in one’s daily life and career and creating opportunities for success using our Core Values as a guide.

A few of our Remarkable Women

Left to right: Alexis Carambot, Kendall Effler, Laura Elliott

Women Leading through Mentorship

WithersRavenel believes that investing in mentorship and other professional development opportunities empowers employees to do their best work. Being mentored and becoming a mentor have had a significant influence on several of our female staff, which is why we are particularly interested in creating opportunities for women as well as well young professionals and minority staff members, who often face additional hurdles to a successful career in STEM.

In addition to hiring and mentoring women at all levels of the company, WithersRavenel takes an active role in introducing young women and girls to engineering, encouraging them to consider it as a career choice.

Women at Work

Women at WithersRavenel are engaged in every aspect of our business. You can find them in all of our technical disciplines as well as our corporate departments. They touch every kind of project, where their roles range from project managers and technical experts at the top all the way down to the CAD technicians and design support that make up the backbone of any project.

The women of WithersRavenel are equally at home in the field and behind a desk.

What’s Next?

Securing and safeguarding the right to vote provided women with a critical avenue for gaining other rights and protections and for pursuing political, economic, and social reforms. Exercise your right to vote at the state and local level as well as in national elections. If you’re not registered to vote, find out how to do so here. Encourage your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors to register and vote too. If you are able, help others to find and access voter resources like polling places and voter information.

To learn more about the history of Women’s Equality Day, visit the National Women’s History Alliance. For an overview of the women’s suffrage movement in America, check out this article from the History Channel. Finally, head over to the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative for trivia, games, and events celebrating women’s right to vote.

Featured photo: “Women at Pitt.” Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-08785 (digital file from original neg.).