President's Message - August 2020

August 16, 2020
Written by: Jenna Kirkpatrick Howard

A century ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution made voting a right regardless of gender. Prior to this Amendment, women’s voting status varied from state to state from the Colonial period to 1920.

CREW DC celebrates this major step forward in the fight for equity and the strong voices that led the way.  BUT we cannot forgot that this Amendment excluded women of color from the ballot box.  It was not until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that outlawed discriminatory voting barriers adopted in many Southern states after the Civil War.

We are grateful to the women’s groups, Associations and leaders (and there are many) that organized, educated and advocated for advancements to women’s rights. Not only can CREW DC members vote in the upcoming national election, we also Raise Up Our Voices in local elections to select leaders that lay plans for economic development, tax incentives, affordable housing, zoning, and other important aspects of Commercial Real Estate. 

CREW DC can only deliver on its mission of advancing women in Commercial Real Estate because of the thought leaders, disruptors, and champions that paved the way for us. Let us not relent in our vision to reach equity, inclusion and advancement in our industry.