By Ariel Johnson, Executive Director
This week marks the start of Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on the countless women throughout history who have moved our country forward. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories,” honoring the storytellers among us; from the authors, songwriters, and performers to the educators, mothers, and grandmothers who communicate the lessons of those who came before us.
The DC Charter School Alliance proudly celebrates the contributions of the women in our charter school community, past and present, who have dedicated their lives to education. Women like Josephine Baker, a celebrated teacher and the first chair and executive director of the DC Public Charter Board; Sonia Gutierrez, who founded Carlos Rosario PCS and taught, fought for, and counseled more than 80,000 adult immigrant students; Julie Meyer, who led the The Next Step PCS for 13 years, expanding the school’s enrollment and programs and earning its Tier 1 status; Linda Moore, who founded E.W. Stokes PCS to develop a new generation of scholars and global citizens committed to social justice; Cassandra Pinkney, who created Eagle Academy PCS, the first DC charter school dedicated entirely to early childhood education; Irasema Salcido who founded Cesar Chavez PCS to ensure that all students, regardless of their backgrounds, would have access to a high quality education that prepared them to graduate from college and give back to their communities; and BB Otero who founded CentroNía, a nationally recognized child and family services organization, and developed DC Bilingual and multiple child development sites throughout the Washington region as part of this work.
These are just a few of the women whose work inspires the next generation of educators and advocates to take up the cause of justice and equity in DC and beyond. This Women’s History Month, let’s celebrate the courageous women doing this work among us and the courageous women who came before us. Because of them, today is more just than yesterday. Let’s recommit to making tomorrow more just than today.
Here’s a list of ways to celebrate or learn more. If none of these options work, don’t forget to shop or eat at a women-owned establishment at least once this month!