March is Women’s History Month, a designation that encourages people to understand and respect the many contributions women have made to broader society. Supporting these efforts is BCFS Health and Human Services is part of a global nonprofit organization with locations and programs throughout the world. This organization provided an opportunity for several of its female executives to discuss the positive female influences that have shaped their personal and private lives.
Karen Thaxton, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, shared her experiences with other women that have served as mentors and provided her with counsel on decisions that have shaped her personal and professional relationships. She recounts the influence from women she’s never met but serve as inspirational voices, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) and Susan B. Anthony. She greatly admires women like Vice President Kamala Harris who have broken significant cultural barriers and inspired countless women and girls. She sees this inspiration in her two twentysomething daughters who she counts as the most inspiring women in her life.
The organization’s Executive Director at BCFS Health and Human Services Residential Services Division Headquarters, Sonya Thompson notes she has received mentoring from multiple women throughout her life that enabled her to succeed. She is also inspired by Vice President Harris’ election and the enormous positive responses to RBG’s legacy.
Veronica Villa, Regional Director at BCFS Health and Human Services-Fairfield, discusses her admiration for RBG, including her determined pursuit of the “equal protection clause.” She majored in history in university, with an emphasis on the U.S. Supreme Court, and notes Ginsburg’s role in shaping the court’s opinions to improve the lives of women in the United States.