Monday, March 30, 2015

Women's History Month Q&A: Molly MacGregor

History has many lessons to teach us if we take the time to reflect and seek an understanding. The national observation of Women's History Month comes to a close after today. During March we pay tribute to women and acknowledge their influence in shaping the nation. Women continue to add to America's narrative and that is something we must remember and celebrate the other 11 months of the year. 

With a focus on women's history I'm pleased to share an interview with Molly MacGregor, the executive director and co-founder of the National Women's History’s (NWHP) Project. The organization recognizes and celebrates the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing informational services and educational and promotional materials. The enduring goal of the NWHP is to “make history” accurate by continuing to recognize and celebrate women’s authentic contributions through its current and future projects.
   
Q: Why did you co-found the National Women's History Project?
A: I wanted to encourage the discovery of the rich history of women revealing the amazing accomplishments of women while providing role models for girls and women and for boys and men.

Q: What lesson(s) do you wish someone told you early on in your career?
A: I hadn't planned on women's history being my career. It actually became my mission. Women's history is an important vehicle to encourage girls and women to feel stronger, bolder and to have better sense of what they can accomplish as well as encouraging boys and men to respect women.

Q: What do you think is the most significant advantage to female leadership?
A: Possibly, women know the importance of listening, because we have often not been heard.


Q: What is your favorite inspirational quote?
A: "We must do the things we think we cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Q: What legacy do you hope to leave?
A: I am not particularly interested in my own legacy. Instead, I hope that learning the stories of women's lives will encourage girls and women to believe in themselves and that boys and men will only respect women, but also the female experience.

2 comments:

ChaChanna said...

I LOVE NWHP! I hope to work with them one day. Great interview. I find it interesting that she is not concerned on her legacy, even though she has created one.

Aaliyah Miller said...

ChaChanna,

I thought the same thing when I read her response. Selfless, I can dig it!