Yesterday was International Women’s Day, a time to stop and reflect on all of the important contributions women have made in our society, as well as celebrate women in general. Ford did a nice job of recognizing International Women’s Day with this very interesting new video, which highlights the inspiring stories of four women who are quite literally doing their part to change the world for the better.
First up is Queen Anunay, a firefighter who serves as the deputy fire chief of a major metropolitan city and is the highest-ranked female in her department. Anunay first joined the fire department back in the 1990s and has steadily worked her way up the proverbial ladder through hard work and determination. “I’m constantly proving myself,” Anunay said. “And I do that just by being competent. You show that women belong by doing your job well.”
Raquel Garcia is the Executive Director of Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, a community outreach program that works to provide a cleaner, healthier, and safer environment for the residents of southwest Detroit. A passionate advocate, leader, and mentor, Garcia engages and educates residents and gives them the resources to plant seeds that will nourish their families and communities. One of the many ways she does this is through a community garden that her organization maintains.
Sandy Fershee is the Lab Director of D-Ford Detroit, where she works to solve problems people may not realize they have by creating solutions they don’t yet know they need. “I’m inventing the future,” Fershee said. “That drives me every day.” Through careful observation, empathy, and testing, human-centered designers like Fershee are able to create products and solutions that people will need and, eventually, won’t be able to live without.
Adrienne Bennett, President and CEO of Benkari LLC and the first African American female master plumber in America, is playing a major role in resurrecting Michigan Central Station.
“I’m not a doctor. I’m not a nurse. I am a contractor,” Bennett said. “I am a licensed master plumber. The license that I hold is just like the MD that’s bringing life back into a patient. And that’s what I’m going to do, bring this building back to life.”