I am a believer in the power of women to lead, in many ways and in many situations. Regrettably, there are too many instances where we all feel powerless despite who we are or what we have achieved. Two stories of late bring that home to me: the unfathomable kidnappings of hundreds of girls from their schools in Nigeria and the stabbing of Maren Sanchez at Jonathan Law High School on the morning of what would have been her prom night in my hometown of Milford, Connecticut.
In yesterday's New York Times, Nicholas Kristof suggests that on Sunday, Mother's Day, contributions be made to EdnaHospital.org, a family planning organization in the Horn of Africa, MothersDayMovment.org, which is supporting a clean water initiative in Uganda, or Camfed.org, where a $40 gift pays for a school uniform.
I join Mr. Kristof in his effort to create something good out of something so bad. And I add to his list of worthy organizations The Mercy Learning Center, which provides literacy skills to undereducated women with the goal of breaking the intergenerational pattern of poverty through education and empowerment.
We may not be able to rescue the taken girls or bring back Ms. Sanchez, but we, as mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters can support efforts to ensure that girls—far and near—are safe to go school and get the education they need to be our next Dealmakers, GCs, CEOs and Board leaders. Whatever they want to be.
Happy Mother's Day.