High Heel Hundred to Shine Spotlight on Women's Equity
Come RUN a day in her shoes!
Converse College Student Government Association will present the “Hub-City High Heel Hundred,” a 100-meter dash in your favorite pumps, on Thursday, September 8 at 5:15 PM in downtown Spartanburg. Get more info and register online.
Men and women alike will celebrate the women in their lives and raise awareness for the continued need for women’s equity by sporting their favorite heels to race. A children’s race (without heels) will also add to the fun.
The Hub-City High Heel hundred seeks to promote awareness of the continued need for women’s equity. “The gender pay gap is a very real issue impacting society as a whole, and yet it is often overlooked,” says Converse Student Government Association President Samantha Nicholson. “Women excel in their careers and continue to break glass ceilings – often while juggling the demands of family life or other obstacles. Ilene H. Lang, a former tech CEO now working for Catalyst, a leading research organization that studies women in the workforce, once said: ‘Imagine that there’s a big race and your daughter or your granddaughter or your sister—whoever it is—is really good at track and field, and she trains with the best of them. She goes to the start line, and you look up and she’s not on the start line. She’s 100 feet back. Would you accept this? So that’s the challenge: women are starting out behind the start line. And they don’t catch up.’ Let’s bridge this gap and pave the way for the future generation to start on common ground.”
Nicholson encourages the greater Spartanburg community to join in the event. “Come run for the fabulous women in YOUR life. Whether you do it for yourself, your spouse, your daughter, your mother, your sister – or all of them – you will help us make great strides by simply acknowledging the value of these women,” she says.
Proceeds of the “Hub-City High Heel Hundred” will benefit the Ellen Hines Smith Girls’ Home, which helps girls learn how to trust, teaches them key social and life skills, and provides the necessary support for girls to make academic progress and set long-term goals for their lives.