Currents Winter 2018; Vol. 34, No. 1 - Page 4

AWCH News American Women’s Club of Hamburg Nevertheless Photo: Marc Schultz-Coulon “No one wants to be the Quotenfrau (woman get- ting the job due to a quota),” lamented Dr. Melanie Leonhard, Hamburg Senator for Labor, Social and Family Affairs, and Integration. But at the same time, she continued, despite all its shortcomings, it is one of the few political tools that we have to make a difference. This is one of many topics addressed by our panellists representing Politics, Finance, Edu- cation, and The Arts and superbly moderat- ed by My-Linh Kunst, a leadership coach for women and currently the President of AWC- Berlin. More than 80 women and a handful of men attended the event on March 1st, jointly organized by AWCH and the Amerikazen- trum, e.V. to observe and celebrate US Nation- al Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. “It is time to redefine what being a woman means,“ asserted Meredith Nicoll, an opera singer and caba- retist currently with the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. Her enthusiasm and engagement in supporting women’s rights was reflected in her willingness to drop all evening plans to join our panel discussion in literally the last-minute.” The Photos: Josh Pierstorff 4 PERSISTED That’s the Way to Do It, Ladies! SHE panellist agreed that educating children was a key element in making long-lasting changes, as Mary Wenstrom, a specialist for international education with a Harvard degree, outlined changes that are needed. And what about #MeToo? Laura Langford, an Amer- ican investment banker with over 30 years of experi- ence, thanked her drama training for getting her out of uncomfortable positions. A lively discussion with wine and snacks brought the inspirational evening to a close. A truly motivating event, leaving the audience with the conviction that we need to continue to fight dis- crimination against women. We need to speak up. We have the right and the responsibility. We need to keep moving forward and "persist." A heartfelt thank-you to all who made the evening so special.