By Ann Ghanie

March wasn’t always known as Women’s History month; not very long ago in the 1970’s, women’s history was pretty much an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum and in the general public’s cognizance. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County in California was one of the first states to address the situation. They initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration for 1978. March 8th, International Women’s Day, was picked to be the center of the observance. The declaration of Women’s History week had a very passionate and eager response: schools across the country planned special programs, over one hundred women in the community participated with presentations in classrooms throughout the country, and hundreds of people participated in a contest known as the “Real Woman Essay Contest”. At the end of the week there was a huge parade filled with celebratory programs held in the center of downtown Santa Rosa, California.

Today we will be writing about one out of the many influential women in our time. This is part of a four week series celebrating Women’s History Month. We will cover women that have impacted our daily lives and that are still present and relevant today, women that continue to make a difference with each passing day.

Elizabeth Ann Warren was about 29 years old around the time Women’s History Week became an annual celebration. She didn’t know it then but she would later go on to become on of the first women considered to be Vice President in the 2016 presidential campaign. She was born on June 22, 1949 and is a well known American academic and politician. She is currently a member of the Democratic party and she is a senior United States Senator from Massachusetts. In her prior life she used to be a professor of law, specializing in bankruptcy law; she taught at the University of Texas School of Law, University of Pennsylvania’s Law School, and Harvard Law. She was most cited in the commercial law field before she began her prominent political career. Warren eventually became an active consumer protection advocate whose dedication to her work led to the conception and establishment of the U.S, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She has written many academic articles, and books. She is known for participating in media interviews regarding personal finance and the overall American economy. After serving in the Troubled Asset Relief Program and Special Advisor to the Secretary of Treasury under the Obama Administration, she was recognized by two publications National Law Journal and Time 100 as an influential public policy figure. September 2011 was a turning point for Warren, she announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate. She won the general election on November 6, 2012, the first female Senator from Massachusetts. Warren quickly became a leading figure in the Democratic Party and among American Progressives. Warren was constantly mentioned by political experts as a strong potential candidate in the 2016 presidential election. On July 7, it was reported the Warren was on five person shortlist to be Hillary Clinton’s vice-presidential running mate. Warren was not picked to be Clinton’s running mate, however she continues to make a difference everyday.

Elizabeth Warren is a strong influential woman that has accomplished many things throughout her lifetime and still remains relevant to date. We want to encourage women to hold fast and hold strong to their beliefs; if there isn’t a clear solution to a growing problem, create and implement it. We want to encourage women to be confident in their abilities, whether that means improving the current financial and regulatory system or raising a family; we want women to know that they each have their own unique strengths. Warren represents a multitude of traits that we as a company embody and respect: growth, innovation, and integrity.