Women Leading the Way—Breaks Princess Culture with Exhibition

Women Leading the Way—Breaks Princess Culture with Exhibition

Shiane D. Jacocks

On Sunday, May 7, San Bernardino Valley College will host the 2nd Annual Women Leading the Way event. 

This free event will focus on historical contributions of women involved in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). This enriching and exclusive experience will feature conversations with STEAM experts, an exhibition and live performance of historic events, video gallery, and special presentations. 

This edu-tainment event is a salute to inspire and motivate girls to seek non-traditional careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. “I believe we are what we see,” said Cynthia Frazier, Founder of Mobile Commerce Digital Technology Alliance. “What is a girl to do when she doesn’t see herself in a career field?” 

Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, tackles that question too. Orenstein researches and dissects the obsession of the princess culture, which causes girls to believe beauty is all that matters. In a world where a woman running for president is either sexualized or referred to as a “b***h” for being unapologetic and confident, it is no wonder girls have a hard time reaching for careers beyond the traditional. 

In an April 21 press release, the organization stated, “women continue to advance in education and the world of work. Yet, [despite] these advances, women still lag behind in non-traditional fields.” 

At this special event, honorees will share personal stories regarding what it takes to be successful in areas where women are underrepresented. In addition, a monologue tribute from the play Ashbury Tree, about Henrietta Lacks, written five years ago by the late Richard O. Jones, will be presented by Martha Brantley Jackson, Director, and Monica McMurty, actress. 

Attendees will have an opportunity to watch history magically transformed into life by local students and adults. This is an event for youth, parents, educators, and business and community leaders, and offers an excellent opportunity for children to be inspired by these remarkable women in history, the present, and future. 

The event will be held at San Bernardino Valley College, 701 South Mt. Vernon St., B100 (Lot 11), San Bernardino, CA 92410 on Sunday, May 7 from noon to 4:00 p.m. You can register on line at www.womenleadingtheway.eventbrite.com or by email mcdtafounder@gmail.com.

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