We just celebrated the 4th of July last weekend. Woo Hoo! Nothing like a patriotic holiday to get all excited and shout, BBQ, light a few sparklers (only in your backyard) drink heavily or not at all, get stuck in traffic on the East End of LI, hog the Hamptons, walk on the beach, run into people you would rather not run into but, hey, it’s a free country now and money let’s you roam at will, and reminisce about old times. It was a long time ago when we broke away from the British rule. They’ve forgiven us. We’ve forgiven them and are global partners on many fronts. Funny thing is, it took a couple hundred more years after our Revolutionary War before female citizens of the United States even had the right to vote. Say What? Yes, it is true. Funny really considering that our ancestors who came over from England had Monarchies – Kings, and Queens who ruled their land. It was quite acceptable to have a woman in charge of their land, their military and their economy. But, how interesting with the freedom of religion that they so wanted in their own land, they oppressed the female leads somewhat. We’ve come a long way but not far enough in some aspects. When I was in Graduate in school in Boston, a very historical town, I joined a woman’s professional association. Yes they do exist. It was for female communicators of all things. Men have been helping men get ahead, mentor for jobs, life, careers for hundreds of years. Woman finally got the same idea. The members had all kinds of jobs and when I moved to New York some months later, I joined the NYC chapter of NYWICI ( New York Women in Communication). I met some very high level, high-profile women. I was honored to see my name in the membership book along side major magazine Editor’s, Broadcast Anchors, Presidents of Companies, entrepreneurs who started their own companies – and aspiring executives, all innovators in the vast field of communications. They were role models as well, showing me and others how to take advantage of education and opportunity and spin it into a happy career – most I met were very happy in deed. So, in tribute to that long-lost sisterhood that helped me many times look forward when all I could see were the stairs to the subway, thank you. Many said over the years at conferences, seminars, and at Matrix, that women need to find their voice. You definitely made me confident many years ago to emote and share my voice, and write, as part of a larger world. Happy 4th of July!