We Can Do It…and We Do


If our CAWLM cover image this month looks familiar, it’s because it is.

When we began discussing our coverage for September earlier this year, the stories we assembled fell under an umbrella theme of “She Means Business.” We wanted to highlight women in our area who are working to make a positive difference through their dedication and devotion to the work they do and the communities they serve. No other symbol typifies that can-do attitude more soundly and succinctly that Rosie the Riveter.

The iconic image created during World War II initially was meant to represent the legion of American women who stepped up on the home front to reinforce the vacant jobs in factories and shipyards across the country to ensure that the supply trains of munitions and war supplies never ceased running. The war eventually ended, but the image of Rosie continued to be lifted up and carried forward as an emblem in the strengthening swell of the feminism movement and as a champion of the pursuit for equality.

It’s a happy coincidence that our featured cover women this month – Colleen Graber, president of Public Policy Associates Inc. – is a Rosie fan.

It’s fitting that our cover this month is a reflection on the strength of women as we approach the annual Inspiration & Influence Awards. CAWLM and the Aitch Foundation are again in partnership to celebrate heroes in the mid-Michigan region whose imagination and ambition soar where only eagles dare and who lead by example to encourage others to similar heights. On Oct. 16 at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West, we will be delivering deserved recognition on leaders in the areas of community impact, women’s advancement, medical research and award the mid-Michigan Woman of the Year. This year’s keynote will be delivered by state Treasurer Rachael Eubanks, so it will surely be an evening of positivity and empowerment not to be missed.

While it’s always a worthwhile endeavor to pay tribute to those who have pursued a path to perfection for women, it’s also important to set aside some time to play too. Prior to the Inspiration & Influence Awards next month, the CAWLM Lady Classic Golf Outing tees off at Hawk Hollow Golf Course on Sept. 18. The benefit for the Women’s Center for Greater Lansing is open to golfers of all abilities and skill levels, and there’s always an overabundance of fun.

The perfect ways to swing into the fall season await, and I hope to see you at both of these worthwhile events.


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