The Woman’s National Democratic Club (WDNC) Educational Foundation extended a warm and generous welcome to the young women of Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts for International Women’s Day 2019.

The theme of International Women’s Day 2019 was #BalanceforBetter, a call for action to build a gender-balanced world. With the WDNC’s motto “From the Right to Vote to the Power to Lead” in mind, the extraordinary moderator and panelists: The Honorable Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, former U.S. Ambassador to to Malta; The Honorable Murni Abdul Hamid, Deputy Chief of Mission and the Embassy of Malaysia; The Honorable Concepcion Figueroa Santos, Deputy Permanent Observer to the Organization of American States, Former Ambassador from Spain to Namibia; and The Honorable Amat Al Alim Alsowa, Minister of Human Rights and the first female Ambassador from Yemen to the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark, shared tremendous knowledge, insight, and stories from their invaluable wealth of experience with our young women.

Our students had questions for these brilliant women who emphasized the need to clearly know who you are and know your worth, equipping yourself with knowledge and substance, embracing who you are and bringing it to the table to work for you, and to not be afraid to make mistakes or letting fear refrain you from what you want to do. There is no one path, only you, and you can chart your own way. Continue to prepare yourself to have the best knowledge in any field, and be prepared to advocate for yourself and others, and get comfortable with saying it. Be sure to speak up, clearly and firmly, not with anger or shallow intentions, but with seriousness, and don’t let nonsense get in your way. Know that you are not alone and find mentors. Get to know the world as much as you can and know that most of the world is brown. Think about diplomacy as a vehicle to bring about a statehood of peace for a most challenging tomorrow.

Thank you so much to the all the members of the Woman’s National Democratic Club and Dr. Pamela Johnson, Educational Foundation President for the important work you are doing for our future women voters and leaders. Thank you to the stellar ambassadors for sharing your time and wonderful perspectives with all of us!