This is our annual “She Means Business” edition and the 12th anniversary of our magazine. 12 years… I just know the time went by quickly. I thought about printing my first editorial photo alongside the current one, but quickly nixed that idea–who needs to see how I have aged?
The “She Means Business” edition originally was intended to highlight women in business—whether they owned a business, managed one or played an important role in business. In 2005, the year we began the magazine, women owned businesses generating millions of dollars in sales. As of 2015, more than 9.1 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 7.9 million people and generate $1.5 trillion in sales. (National Association of Women Business Owners-NAWBO).
In 2017, “she means business” means more to me than owning or working at a business. It means women who take charge of their lives and bodies. It means women who believe in equality and diversity and will stand up to the forces that feel threatened by women in power. More women are getting involved in politics—often because they see unfairness and inequality and the only recourse they see is to run for office themselves or work on political campaigns.
Maybe it’s last month’s solar eclipse—a stellar event (pun intended) that for a few hours allowed everyone to share together nature’s show—and maybe the “ohs” and “ahs” of its beauty injected an extra spurt of optimism into my brain but I believe more and more women will rise to positions of authority and make this planet a better, cleaner place to live—a place where color or ethnicity or religion doesn’t matter—a place of inclusiveness.
Until then, enjoy this month’s special edition. We are so happy to have actor Toni Trucks on the cover—in many ways she represents the woman of the future. Read about her latest pursuits on pages eight and nine.
And thank you loyal advertisers and readers for your support. We couldn’t do it without you.
From my heart to yours,