Local 33 News celebrates women all March long, but Friday night the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge spent ‘International Women’s Day’ celebrating women in the capital city who have reached significant milestones in their careers.
“We have to celebrate women because they deserve to know that they are doing a good job even when they don’t feel like they are. Women are reaching huge milestones in their careers everyday and it’s often overlooked. Those milestones deserve to be celebrated,” says Sherie Thomas, President of the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
The weather was perfect for honoring women as suspected evening showers held off on ‘The Green’ in Perkins Rowe. The tone was set as the cool Franchise DJ Ra-D played Beyonce’s- Run The World over the loud speaker.
Some of the honorees are the first woman and minority in their careers to reach highs that are often placed in the laps of men. Once again, proving that women are unstoppable and can do anything they set their minds to.
The honorees include:
- Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome -the first woman Mayor-President of the City of Baton Rouge.
- Terrica Williams-the first woman Constable of Baton Rouge.
- Linda Perez Clark-the first woman managing partner of Kean Miller LLP.
- Mia Cole– the first woman to own a semi-pro UBA Acadiana basketball team.
- Suni Nelson-the first woman to graduate as top wildlife and fisheries cadet.
- Nakii Junior and Nomi Brown for having the first female established 3rd Battalion 353rd Regiment Women’s Mentorship Program.
- Jasmine Leduff– the first African American female Sergeant of Baker Police Department.
- Davondra Brown-the first LA based Relationship and Sexual Wellness Educator to serve on the Board of Commissioners for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
Mayor Broome served as the evenings speaker. She detailed why it is important to celebrate women not just on one day set aside for women, but every single day.
“As we celebrate International Women’s Day I have to say that gender issues are not just women’s issues. Gender issues are human issues because women are a part of the fabric of America. Women have been pioneers for a long time. Unfortunately, we have not received the equitable response that we should have. But tonight in 2019, I’m glad to say that we are certainly on our way and tonight is evidence that we are making strides in various spheres of influence and we celebrate that, ” she says.
Mayor Broome also credits where she is in her career to the love, support and affirmations given to her by her father when she was a child. She spoke of how his words to her still resonate and made the biggest impact on the woman that she has become.
Mayor Broome said, “My dad who was born in 1903, said to me growing up consistently day after day, I want you to be able to go anywhere in the world and make it. That was pretty powerful coming from someone from his era. I don’t think he saw me as some timid little girl who could only be limited to certain areas of career. I think he saw in me someone who he wanted to see reach elevated levels of success.”
The Women’s Council plans to spend the remainder of the the year helping women in other avenues other than business. A big focus will be women’s health. After all, you can’t successfully run a business and complete tasks if you are not well. For more information on how you can join the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge or participate in any of their upcoming events, head on over to wcgbr.com.