“We live in the privileged region of Orange County, California, one of the safest counties in the US,” says the organizer of TEDxOrangeCoastWomen in California, Mojdeh Eskandari. “Although we share many women’s issues with others in the world, we do not experience them to the same degree. The first response if you Google “Women in OC” is The Real Housewives of Orange County.
“But while our lifestyle is somewhat different” she says, “we have more in common with all women in the world than we have differences.”
On December 1st, they will join TEDxWomen’s conversation on the state of affairs for women worldwide — not just in California or the United States — but for all of those who, they say are brave enough to “challenge and redefine traditional rules and roles.”
“There may never have been a better time to host TEDxWomen than following the historic 2012 election when a record number of women were swept into public office in the United States,” the TEDxOrangeCoastWomen team writes in a blog post detailing their event. “Twenty women will serve in the 100-member Senate and at least 81 of the 435 members of the House of Representatives will be women. Of the newly elected, three women are the first female senators from their states, two have military experience, one is the first Hindu in Congress and one is the first Asian-American woman in the senate.”
But why do the team at TEDxOrangeCoastWomen feel this is important to their event?
“Aside from the practical matter of having half of the country better represented in its own governance,” they say, “it indicates that more women than ever are seeking an active role in society, and society agrees there’s value in that.”
Today and tomorrow, over 150 events will join in the conversation taking place during TEDxWomen in D.C. and around the world. But until Saturday, check out TEDxOrangeCoastWomen’s website, and find out more about the TEDxWomen initiative here: http://tedxwomen.org/