REMARKS AS PREPARED
Center for Women's Leadership
April 26, 2017
Good morning girls!
You’re here to learn about how to be leaders, activists and entrepreneurs.
Seeing that you’re here this morning, I know that you’re already all leaders.
The future is bright, thanks to you.
Being a girl and a woman in this world is challenging.
Working as a lawyer, being paid less than male coworkers, fearful of relationships with woman being found out.
Even though I am now Governor, I am one of only five female governors in the country. We still have a long way to go.
Tips on succeeding, regardless of your chosen path:
o Be a public speaker, reader and writer. Words can be your greatest tools.
o Learn to consume information critically – ask questions. Challenge the status quo.
o Take the high road, but know when to fight for your values
o Show up, participate, be engaged, seek help, give help – then when you can, vote.
This is your Oregon.
You are already leaders; put your drive to use to make your community a better place for all.
Diversity of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives makes you a powerhouse of potential.
Elevate one another, and stand up for each other.
Progress for one is progress for all.