YWCA Leader Luncheon 2015

Women – question the status quo

Not for the first time, I asked this question March 2: Why are these women – powerful, experienced, wise – virtually invisible in Rockford and Winnebago County political and organizational leadership?

The YWCA Leader Luncheon brings over 600 guests, almost 500 women, together in a single room for a single day and proves annually – at least for me – that there’s a disconnect between the power and expertise in that room and the “way things are done” in the Rock River Valley.

And, not for the first time, I will ruffle feathers again by pointing out that disconnect. Over my 20 years as executive editor of the Rockford Register Star, my columns asking why women and other minorities were shut out of the mainstream decision-making irritated, to put it mildly, the entrenched power structure.