On Saturday, February 22, 2014 the AAUW Sacramento Annual Speech Trek Contest will be held at the Valley Hi Laguna North Library Community Room. The branch membership and the public are invited to attend this mission-based event, which begins at 9:30 when we ask all audience members to be in their seats. The speakers are students from the Elk Grove Unified School District high schools, grades 9-12.
Students will have a 5-6 minute speech in which to examine the above question about circumstances that still limit so few women from leading our major corporations and public enterprises. After 50 years of the Women’s Movement, there are only 14% of private and governmental organizations led by women. Yet, one billion women are expected to enter the global workplace in the next decade! What creates a barrier to women leading these enterprises and becoming the decision-makers that effect so many? And how do young women break through the opportunity ceiling with the personal decisions they make while still in high school? How do today’s young men create tomorrow’s solutions to breaking down these barriers? When our society uses 100% of available human resources, can we create a dynamic future for everyone?
We know that all of our futures rest in the hands of today’s young women and men. Come listen to them talk about their ideas, opinions, and dreams. It’s not just an outreach program event; it’s an opportunity to hear how breaking down barriers for women and girls happens; these speakers will tell us how do we get to the future from here.