Jimmy Carter declared the first National Women’s History Week in 1980; it became National Women’s History Month in 1987. That same year, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin became the first female inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Since then, women have continued to make impactful contributions in the civic and cultural arenas. Women now serve on the Supreme Court, fly missions for NASA, lead Ivy League universities, and govern as Vice-President of the United States. Women’s History Month honors these and all women’s contributions to American history.

Great strides have been made, yet much work must still be done. A 2022 report from the UN Department of Economics found true gender equality – in terms of income, safety, education, and health – is still years away.

Within the architecture profession, closing the gender divide remains a priority at both the national level of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and locally here within AIA Houston. PRISM is proud to help again sponsor the Women In Architecture Equity Series. The panel discussion on April 13 will look at the disparity of females in the C-suite and the increasing departure rate of female firm leaders.
“Forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place. Think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval.” -Susan B. Anthony


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