I was glad to join the Younger Women’s Task Force this morning, at the request of my dear friend and YWTF board member Ms. Natasha L. Foreman, to give opening remarks for their first annual conference on leadership and empowerment issues. What an inspiring group of future leaders.

In 1870 in America, there were 5 attorneys, 24 dentists and 2,000 doctors in the entire nation. Women have come a long way, but there is so much that still needs to be done(so that woman can take their rightful place in our leadership environments).

Without women there would not have been a silver rights movement, because women were the operational backbone for the movement.

Without Mrs. Coretta Scott King there would not have been a legacy for Dr. King, and it was Mrs. King who worked tirelessly to secure Dr. King’s birthday as a holiday in our nation, and established the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Without Mrs. Jean Childs Young, there would not have been an Ambassador Andrew Young as we know and understand him today. He was not only his “love,” but she was his closet advisor, as Young at the same time was one of Dr. King’s closest advisors.

A funny story about the couple which illustrates this well, is the story of the Young’s participating in a parade in then Ambassador Young’s honor, in the town that Jean Child Young grew up in. The parade was in honor of then newly minted UN Ambassador Young. As they were riding in the parade, Jean leaned over to Mr. Young, pointing out a man who had fallen on hard times. He was from Jean’s home town high-school class. At that exact moment, Ambassador Young said “well Jean, you could have married him.” And without missing a beat, Jean Childs Young said, “well, if I had married him Andy, HE would be UN Ambassador.” Precisely.

70% of all black households are run by women today in America.

The majority of all students at HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges and Universities today are women.

Women are on the move in leadership America, and our world.

Today, in Rwanda as an example, fully 50% plus of all members of Parliament are women.

Today, in Africa, if you give women just two-years of primary education, they will lift their village out of poverty.

Today, part of this global economic crisis Is rooted in “an approach” to capitalism and free enterprise which is just too masculine, and lacking balance. Women can and will play a role in the RESET world we will soon find ourselves living in.

About the organization

The Younger Women’s Task Force, a project of the National Council of Women’s Organizations, is a nationwide, diverse, and inclusive grassroots movement dedicated to organizing younger women and their allies to take action on issues that matter most to them led by volunteers.

By and for younger women, Younger Women’s Task Force Atlanta Metro Chapter (YWTF-ATL) works both within and beyond the women’s movement, engaging all who are invested in advancing the quality of life and rights of younger women aged 20-39.

The first annual A.S.C.E.N.D. Younger Women’s Leadership Conference produced by the Younger Women’s Task Force Atlanta Metro Chapter (YWTF-ATL) is set to take place on Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the 103 West venue located at 103 West Paces Ferry Rd in Buckhead Atlanta.

Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO, John Hope Bryant will commence the conference with opening remarks. In the morning, Q100’s The Bert Show cast member, Melissa Carter will lead an address on women’s empowerment. Author, political thinker, and professor, Dr. Kendra King will deliver a special keynote address on women’s leadership in the afternoon.

“We are convening this conference, the first of its kind, for younger women and by younger women in Atlanta to unite, empower, and educate younger women about issues that matter most to them,” says Terica Scott, YWTF-ATL Chapter Director.

– Posted by John Hope Bryant

John Hope Bryant is the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc., author of bestselling business book LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability

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