Sunday Snippet: Women As Leaders
At WeHaKee Camp for Girls, we see girls and young women embracing leadership roles all the time – when a girl helps another girl learn a new activity, when a staff member guides two campers toward an effective resolution to a conflict, when a veteran camper welcomes a new camper to their cabin or activity to help her gain a sense of belonging. It is a constant at Camp WeHaKee! But we know that when each girl and young woman leaves camp to head back to their home communities, seeing other women in leadership roles becomes much more sporadic. Yes, it is much better than it has been in the past, but women need to be welcomed into leadership roles so girls and young women can frequently and commonly see and be inspired by strong role models that look like them! And frankly, boys and young men need to see effective women leaders, too, so that women in leadership positions can be normalized for all.
The world of sports does not always provide the best of role models for our young people, but a recent news conference with Notre Dame women’s basketball coach, Muffet McGraw caught our attention. Coach McGraw strongly and eloquently shared why we need more women of leaders in our world. Here is what she had to share:
Muffet McGraw: A voice for women.
— NCAA WBB (@ncaawbb) April 4, 2019
We applaud Coach McGraw for her brave and exceptionally true words and thank her for using her platform for bringing attention to gender equity. At WeHaKee, we pledge to help girls become the strongest, most compassionate and effective leaders in all that they do at camp and entrust that they will take their leadership abilities with them in their communities beyond camp. Thanks for reading today and enjoy your week!