As we come to the end of Women’s History Month, join us in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role women have had in the creation of American history. Building the foundation for a country takes strong voices and creative innovators, and there is no shortage of women throughout our history who have made significant contributions… right up to and including powerful, accomplished women today.
For Women’s History Month we chose to spotlight three women who are currently making history in their own unique ways. These women have helped pave the way and are inspiring future generations of women to get out there and pursue their dreams.
Susan Kare — Graphic Designer
We don’t often think about the people who make our screen experiences work so well. Susan Kare was the designer who helped bring the Apple computer to life with her typography and iconic graphic design skills.
She shaped many of the now-common interface elements of the Mac, like the command icon.
Utilizing a minimalist grid of pixels and constructed with mosaic-like precision, her icons communicate their function immediately and memorably, with wit and style.
Sheryl Sandberg — Chief Operating Officer of Facebook
Sheryl Sandberg’s a role model for anyone—yes, women and men—who aspires to be successful. She’s currently the Facebook’s COO and the first woman to sit on Facebook’s board.
Sheryl is also an accomplished author. Her book, Lean In: Woman, Work, and the Will to Succeed which strives to promote gender equality, is one of the most popular business books of the decade. Even managing to spark its own movement.
Mellody Hobson – President of Ariel Investments
Living proof that hard work can pay off, Mellody worked her way from intern to president at Ariel Investments, the largest minority-owned investment firm. She has also shattered stereotypes to become chairperson and member of high-powered boards— from Starbucks to DreamWorks Animation.
When she’s not in the boardroom, Mellody also makes sure she gives back. She works with a variety of civic and professional institutions which include serving as board member of the Field Museum, the Chicago Public Education Fund and the Sundance Institute.
Join us in saluting these outstanding women – and all the other women who have left their mark on our nation and our lives – during Women’s History Month.