Women Pulling Up a Seat to Their Table

Ranin M Ali: “No matter who I am, where I come from, how much English I speak, what accent I carry with my words, I have a chair at that table because I am a woman, because I am powerful, unique, loving, hardworking, and fearless.”
Mia Lian Chin:“Our perceptions of ‘leadership’ are often riddled with connotations of masculinity and abrasiveness. Unapologetic, assertive, and competitive women aren’t considered to be ‘ambitious’ as their male counterparts. Instead, they are called a host of expletives; a cheap way to dehumanize them and rationalize away their power.”
Yacine D Diouf: “Having a seat at the table means that my voice is heard and that I can affect change.”
Jasmin Salcedo: Gender Resources Counselor
Abigail Jean Francois: “To have a seat at the table means that my words or my actions have meaning, have credibility, and have some sort of importance to whatever it is that we are trying to build.”
Shelly Zou: “I believe that we can change what the table looks like now by raising up other women.”
Katlyn Palmatier: “To have a seat at the ‘table’ as a gay woman is an achievement that was not easily given to me, but something that I have worked hard for and earned, and something that many women and LGBT people who came before me fought to make possible.”
Yingli Tian: “Women are still a minority in the STEM fields [and] I hope to see more women become involved in STEM and become more represented at the table.”

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