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MCC Celebrates Women



Annual Themes for

Women's History Month

Declared by

National Women's History Project


Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence


Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination against Women


Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business


Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government


Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives


Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment


Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


Women's Education - Women's Empowerment


Our History is Our Strength


Writing Women Back into History


Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet


Women's Art Women's Vision


Generations of Women Moving History Forward


Women, Builders of Communities and Dreams


Women Change America


Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility


Women Pioneering the Future


Women Sustaining the American Spirit


Celebrating Women of Courage and Vision


An Extraordinary Century for Women 1900-2000



by Dan Perkins, MCC Board Member




As a visitor to this website, there's a good chance you know the month of March is designated as Women's History Month; but do you know the history of the designation, and who selects the annual theme of the celebrations?  If you read on, there is a chance you will find something new and worth knowing in this article, which celebrates the accomplishments of distinguished women, beginning with women serving on the Chamber Board.

The women who serve on the Board of the Maywood Chamber of Commerce fall into one of four categories, as shown below:


Outstanding Women Serving on the MCC Board


Corporate Leaders


Marta E. Alvarado, Ph.D., B

Director, Community Services

Westlake Hospital


Jennifer L. Koehler

VP, External Affairs

Loyola University Health System



Educational Leaders


Catherine Hegarty

Director of Development

Walter Christian Academy


Amanda Turner, Ph.D., MSW

Dean, Enrollment

Triton College



Engaged Residents



Albertine Alexander



Audrey C. Jaycox





Viola Mims


Vintage Realtors


Karen Yarbrough


Hathaway Insurance



Women are an integral part of the membership of the Chamber.  The Chamber is also delighted to be part of a community that has a woman as its mayor.  Edwenna Perkins is now in her second term as Maywood's mayor.

One of the most beneficial aspects of designating March as Women's History Month, is that it affords everyone an opportunity to reflect upon the enormous accomplishments and contributions women have made in all walks of life, both past and present.  Drawing attention to notable women is worthwhile because it encourages young people to dream big and to have the confidence that, with persistence and effort, they can go as far as their abilities will take them.

Each year, the National Women's History Project selects a theme to help focus and coordinate women's celebrations during the month of March.  This year, the theme is: Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Non-Violence.  A list of previous themes, dating back to 2000, is provided in the left column of this page.

If you are looking for women who have made notable past contributions to our nation and the world, you would do well to visit the Smithsonian's website.  The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture has a moving tribute to trailblazing women who worked to empower themselves and their communities by advocating for civil rights, full equality and women's suffrage.  Below are just two of the women highlighted:

Mary Church Terrell, and fellow activists, founded the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) in 1896.  Terrell was a tireless fighter for equality; and at age 86, worked to desegregate public spaces in Washington, DC.

Ida B. Wells helped exposed racial injustice and violence through her groundbreaking reporting of atrocities against Black Americans in the South.

Black women have contributed in extraordinary ways to advancements throughout American society: in business, education, the sciences, aviation, healthcare, the arts and sports, to name a few.

Speaking of sports, most individuals of a certain age can recall seeing the outstanding performances of Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who won a total of six Olympic medals for the heptathlon and long-jump competitions, including three golds, one silver, and two bronzes.

When it comes to the world of entertainment, much has changed.  In recent years, Black women has attained prominent roles in major motion-picture films.  In 2016, Hollywood released the film, Hidden Figures, which tells the story of three brilliant African American women were were the brains behind one of the NASA's most notable projects.  The cinematic success of that film meant millions of Americans learned the names of the three women: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson.

Black women represent an important part of the mosaic of women who have worked to elevate life on earth.  Asian women, Latinas, indigenous women, and women of European descent have equally rich stories of triumph over obstacles and adversity.  The contributions of each group warrants thoughtful attention and reflection. 

It is both exciting and uplifting to see the progress women have made in America since gaining the right to vote.  Women have enjoyed the benefits of full citizenry for a little over 100 years, but those years are arguably among our nation's best.

On March 5, 2019, Nancy Pelosi, current Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first woman to serve as Speaker (2007-2011), tweeted this little-known fact:

March 5, 1933 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) appointed Frances Perkins to serve as his Secretary of Labor, making her the first woman appointed to the Cabinet.

In the span of eighty six years, women have attained meaningful jobs and positions throughout the work force.  Our society is enriched when women are allowed to flourish. 

We do well to take time to recognize the enormous value women bring to our world, every day.  On behalf of a blessed nation, I say to the women of Maywood, and to women everywhere, "Thank you."




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