On March 8 the Marco Island Branch of AAUW (American Association Of University Women) celebrated the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. This is a global event and celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women, past, present and future. Annually on March 8, throughout the world, thousands of events are held to inspire women and to celebrate their achievements.
The AAUW recognized the event with a luncheon held at the Island Country Club. All women guests were welcomed and were honored by the international tradition of being gifted with a rose, which was presented by Anne Batte.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Aysegul Timur. Dr. Timur is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Business Adminstration at Johnson School of Business, Hodges University. She has been conducting research in her field of expertise for ten years and is also a management consultant and corporate trainer for area companies. Dr. Timur was introduced by the chair of the event, Judith O’Brien, who also introduced honored guest, Dr. Fay Bileswho was the first woman Vice-President of Kent State University in Ohio.
Dr. Timur’s topic was Empowering Women in the 21st Century, an international perspective on the diversity of women in positions of leadership. She stated that women are the most dynamic and fastest growing driving force in the world today as entrepreneurs, and in the areas of politics, business, education and as academic and cultural leaders. She spoke of the changing role of women in the workplace, the home, the marketplace, in government and in society as a whole. She presented facts stating that worldwide, 1 billion women participate in the workplace and that the number of working women in the United States increased 50 percent in the past twenty years to 75 million. Working women in the United States generate $4.3 trillion in earned income annually. Women today are the fastest growing force and are helping to promote gender equality and empowerment of women worldwide. The message taken away was the importance of education for today’s women and for the women of the future.