Urbana IL

By Ginger Mayo 

“The concept that being a female should keep me from doing certain things in life has never really occurred to me. I’m sure I can attribute that to my own parents and how they demonstrated what being a successful adult is, not just a successful woman. So of course the realization that there is a whole population of women my age who believe that they should only pursue certain jobs or ambitions because those are the “girl jobs” absolutely breaks my heart. Being involved in this rally was a no-brainer for me. This is a fun and engaging way to show off all the awesome stuff women and girls can do simply because they went for it, not because of their gender. Being part of this rally is so special to me because being a woman is not a small or easy job. Whether you are a CEO or a stay at home mom, it’s good to have encouragement that what you are doing everyday really matters. Getting the chance to empower and inspire young women in their pursuit of greatness is a beautiful thing. My favorite part of the process of planning for this event has been the excitement on the faces of the women I have invited to be speakers or simply to be involved in some way. To see them light up with that same feeling I know I get when I have the chance to celebrate what it really means to be a strong female is simply the best.”


– Kristen Plemons, Age 24 – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


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