As Women's History Month comes to a close, we reflect on the powerful, intelligent, dynamic women who, throughout history, have paved the way for the rest of us. Opening doors, shattering glass ceilings, fighting every day for the opportunity and equality that is a right for our gender. Many of us enjoy the fruits of these labors, but, as a society, we still have a long way to go.
Over the past month, we have highlighted eight incredible women who have changed for the better and are still effecting positive change right here in Hawaiʻi nei. Charessa, Tiare, Heather, Nicole, Keani, Laura, Cynthia, and, of course, the incomparable Her Majesty Queen Liliʻuokalani. We only wish there were enough hours in the day to recognize each and every woman working hard to see a just, vibrant, and thriving Hawaiʻi come to fruition. You know who you are...imua! We stand with you.
At the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi, I am pleased and fortunate to be a part of an incredible all-women staff. These women work harder than anyone I've known to protect the very environment we depend on. It is a privilege to learn from and work with these all-star women. Especially when it comes to protecting our environment, when women have a seat at the table--and even better, when they are in positions of leadership--nature wins. I am hopeful for our shared future. With evermore women getting involved to protect our natural resources on-the-ground to decision-making to project management, I am confident that we will all enjoy a resilient, flourishing environment for generations to come.
Kimiko LaHaela Walter, Conservation Program Coordinator