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Maggie's Message:

3.4.21
By: Maggie Hilty
Date: March 4, 2021

I remember the first time I was followed to my car after a dinner in downtown Portland one night. I remember the first time a man kept insisting on buying me a drink, despite me saying no. I remember the first time I was asked repeatedly whose assistant I was when they couldn’t believe that I was the administrator.

But I also remember the first time I voted. I remember the first time another woman stood up for me when my voice wasn’t being heard. I remember the first time I was selected for a promotion over a man because of my skills and qualifications. 

Despite the difficulties around us, we must not forget how far we, as women, have come and those that have fought for what we have today. When I think about the women who came before me, paving the way for change in the rights and privileges we have today, I am filled with gratitude and hope. We grow up learning and hearing about women that made a change in history, who went against the grain and stood up for what they believed in. However, it isn’t until you reach a certain point in your life that you realize just how much what those women stood for and sacrificed for affected you and all women for generations to come.

Women like Marie Curie immediately come to mind. She was someone I learned about in school, who had a dream to be a scientist in the 1920s, to delve into research, but was unable to attend school in Poland because she was a woman. Instead of letting that stand in her way, she moved to Paris where she could attend school, and ultimately became a two-time Nobel prize winning scientist whose research into radioactivity has saved countless lives today. 

Then there’s Lillian Wald – a nurse, humanitarian, and activist. She is known for her contributions to humanitarian efforts and the founder of American community nursing. After doing some volunteer work, she recognized a huge need in community nursing and health education, specifically those for immigrants. She believed that healthcare should be available to all, not just those who could afford it. After founding what would eventually be known as the Henry Street Settlement, bringing healthcare, social services, and English classes to those in poverty-stricken New York, she became an activist for the rights of women and minorities. She spent time campaigning for suffrage, racial integration and eventually advocated for the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). 

Lastly, but certainly not least: Shirley Temple, someone I grew up watching as a child, used her fame and platform later in life to become one of the first public figures to openly share with the media about her breast cancer diagnosis. By raising awareness about treatment options for breast cancer – something that wasn’t widely discussed before – women were educated about their treatment options and their right to consent to what treatment they chose, not relying solely on doctors to choose for them without their knowledge. 

These women, and countless others, helped shape the way women get to live today. I am so grateful for that. My promise to the future generations of women is that I will do everything I can to continue to push for progress. For the celebration of women and all they can do and accomplish. I will raise my son to respect all women and their voices. I will ensure the daughter that I am about to welcome into this world knows that she can do anything she wants in life. I will raise my children to know that women are strong and capable of anything.


Maggie's Message: 3.4.21

By: Maggie Hilty
Date: March 4, 2021


I remember the first time I was followed to my car after a dinner in downtown Portland one night. I remember the first time a man kept insisting on buying me a drink, despite me saying no. I remember the first time I was asked repeatedly whose assistant I was when they couldn’t believe that I was the administrator.

But I also remember the first time I voted. I remember the first time another woman stood up for me when my voice wasn’t being heard. I remember the first time I was selected for a promotion over a man because of my skills and qualifications. 

Despite the difficulties around us, we must not forget how far we, as women, have come and those that have fought for what we have today. When I think about the women who came before me, paving the way for change in the rights and privileges we have today, I am filled with gratitude and hope. We grow up learning and hearing about women that made a change in history, who went against the grain and stood up for what they believed in. However, it isn’t until you reach a certain point in your life that you realize just how much what those women stood for and sacrificed for affected you and all women for generations to come.

Women like Marie Curie immediately come to mind. She was someone I learned about in school, who had a dream to be a scientist in the 1920s, to delve into research, but was unable to attend school in Poland because she was a woman. Instead of letting that stand in her way, she moved to Paris where she could attend school, and ultimately became a two-time Nobel prize winning scientist whose research into radioactivity has saved countless lives today. 

Then there’s Lillian Wald – a nurse, humanitarian, and activist. She is known for her contributions to humanitarian efforts and the founder of American community nursing. After doing some volunteer work, she recognized a huge need in community nursing and health education, specifically those for immigrants. She believed that healthcare should be available to all, not just those who could afford it. After founding what would eventually be known as the Henry Street Settlement, bringing healthcare, social services, and English classes to those in poverty-stricken New York, she became an activist for the rights of women and minorities. She spent time campaigning for suffrage, racial integration and eventually advocated for the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). 

Lastly, but certainly not least: Shirley Temple, someone I grew up watching as a child, used her fame and platform later in life to become one of the first public figures to openly share with the media about her breast cancer diagnosis. By raising awareness about treatment options for breast cancer – something that wasn’t widely discussed before – women were educated about their treatment options and their right to consent to what treatment they chose, not relying solely on doctors to choose for them without their knowledge. 

These women, and countless others, helped shape the way women get to live today. I am so grateful for that. My promise to the future generations of women is that I will do everything I can to continue to push for progress. For the celebration of women and all they can do and accomplish. I will raise my son to respect all women and their voices. I will ensure the daughter that I am about to welcome into this world knows that she can do anything she wants in life. I will raise my children to know that women are strong and capable of anything.

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