New Year’s Wishes for Women

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for new years graphic.jpgHappy New Year! At this time of renewal, I’m reflecting on what we can achieve together as women. And how we can help each other as women. So I asked my favorite women’s advocates, “What do you wish for women in 2013?” What would you add to the list?

Several decades ago, my cousin Chris gave me the following advice: “Remember to laugh out loud and make your own luck.” I have often marveled at just how challenging that is to do, but every day I strive to do both.
Janet Hanson
CEO and Founder, 85 Broads

I wish for women the collective will to hold elected officials’ feet to the fire on issues that really matter to us. After this election, it’s clear that women’s votes brought them into this world, and that women voters can also kick them out!
Lisa Maatz
Director of Public Policy & Government Relations, American Association of University Women

My wish for women in 2013 is that we grab some confidence, get out there, and do something we’ve been dreaming about but are scared of. I did this in 2012 and it catapulted me into a completely different, exhilarating world I’d never imagined I would know. One step into the unknown and untried can be like a clarifying plunge into a cold pool. You realize you can swim, after all. Ignore the voice in your head that says, ‘Who do you think you are to try this?’ The more new things you tackle, the more your world expands. You begin to realize just how much you’re capable of.
Ashley Milne-Tyte
Host, The Broad Experience

A commitment to each other that we will use our “power to” prepare, inspire, and propel women to reach leadership parity by 2025.
Gloria Feldt
Author, No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power

I wish that in 2013 women lawyers have real opportunities to advance and succeed and we see more women making equity partners and assuming positions of real power and influence.
Roberta Liebenberg
Chair, American Bar Association Gender Equity Task Force

My wish for women in 2013? Determination to reach their goals, success to keep them eager and challenges to keep them strong.
Carolyn Pineda
Founder, Empowering Women as Leaders

I hope that 2013 brings safe and secure schools for girls from the developing world in their quest for learning. As girls learn, stability and peace will result.
Joanna Barsh
Author, How Remarkable Women Lead

I wish for all working moms to have the flexibility they need to be the best employee, best mom and best partner they can be. Let’s get rid of useless stress!
Jennifer Owens
Editorial Director, Working Mother Magazine

More gains in politics, business and civil rights.
Bonnie Erbe
Host, To The Contrary

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0 Responses to New Year’s Wishes for Women

  1. Susan Smith Blakely January 22, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    I hope that women lawyers in 2013 will take control in their professional lives and advance in leadership roles. The junior women lawyers must believe that they can have it all, just not all at the same time. They must plan and choose and understand that the male definition of success in our profession does not work for many women. They must have personal definitions of success to survive the most difficult work-life years when childcare is so demanding. The more seasoned women lawyers must extend helping hands in terms of mentoring, supporting these efforts, and helping young women find a work-life balance that includes attention to self and that will keep them in the profession and raise the retention rates for women lawyers.

    Susan Smith Blakely
    Author, Best Friends at the Bar books