In celebration of International Women’s Day, the International Institute of New England united women around Boston to recognize the achievements of female immigrants and business leaders. The IINE is an organization dedicated to protecting and helping refugees and immigrants. Their program includes refugee resettlement, job training, legal services, and English language classes. On March 8th, this event brought together around 300 women for a festive lunch filled with positivity and pride. Three women were specifically honored for their contribution to their own industries. The first, Pardis Sabeti, is a professor at Harvard University and founder of Sabeti Lab. She was the Time’s 2014 “Person of the Year” for her outstanding work with Ebola fighters. The second honoree was Monica Grewal, an intellectual property attorney who was honored by NASA for her work with the Johnson Space Center Crew and Hubble Telescope Repair Mission. Lastly, Christina Qi, a hedge fund manager, was recognized as part of Forbes’ 30 under 30 list in 2018 and the Boston Business’ 40 under 40 list in 2015. These honorees were able to create a lively conversation about their success in their male-dominated industries and illuminate how they balance work and personal life. Overall, this celebration highlighted the difference these females have made in our communities . From inputting energy into Boston to creating a stable workforce, these women have made a huge difference into the world.
In this supportive atmosphere, women were able to feel empowered and recognized for all they have done to help America. In a time where there is discrimination and prejudice against immigrants, especially females, it is essential to continue to empower them. Most of these refugees have escaped from war and violence, and still managed to innovate and improve industries in America. It is important to uplift women and show our support for the growth they have made in industries previously dominated by men. As a community, Boston successfully ensured that the immigrant and refugee community was welcomed and appreciated for their role in America.