Calling all women interested in public service! Thanks to the new student organization, Leading Women of Tomorrow, there’s a space for you on campus. According to the chapter’s Instagram page (@lwt.binghamton), Leading Women of Tomorrow is a national organization that strives to “give undergraduate women the skills, resources, and confidence necessary to become advocates in their chosen professional fields with the goal of creating a border network of change-makers in the next generation.” The general body meetings discuss a variety of topics pertinent to women as well as provide opportunities for professional development. Its goal is to provide an inclusive supportive space for all majors and genders.
I recently had the chance to speak with President Borislava Naydenova, a junior double majoring in Human Development and PPL, and Secretary Arianna Reyes, a junior double majoring in Political Science and Economics. Reyes described the mission of Leading Women of Tomorrow as follows: “Leading Women of Tomorrow is a student run, non-partisan national organization that works to empower women working in public services fields while giving them the resources and support they need to excel during their college career and beyond.” Through encouraging women to enter the public service sector, this organization works to increase female representation which is severely lacking. President Borislava Naydenova adds, “Women make up 50% of the world’s population, yet women only make up 23.3% of the world’s legislature. Our voices cannot be heard if we don’t have a place at the table and to quote Shirley Chisholm, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair”.
Leading Women of Tomorrow is in the process of being chartered by the Student Association. Naydenova helped find the Binghamton Chapter as a member of the original executive board. She saw a need for an organization on campus which the mission of Leading Women of Tomorrow addresses. “We have a lot of fantastic organizations on campus, but none of them have our same goal. The Women’s Student Union focuses on women’s issues, but not public office. There are also various political organizations on campus, but they don’t focus on empowering and encouraging women to join public office. We aim to establish ourselves as the happy medium between those two types of organizations.”
President Borislava Naydenova expressed that the best way to help groups get chartered is “showing up and interacting with them.” It is important to give feedback about meetings since the clubs are there to serve the needs of the student body.
Be sure to follow Leading Women of Tomorrow on Instagram, @lwt.binghamton, and facebook, Leading Women of Tomorrow at Binghamton University. If you want to get involved, click on the link in the bio to fill out their interest form. The trailblazing and entrepreneurial spirit of the first and current eboard has been inspiring to learn about. Joining Leading Women of Tomorrow provides the exciting opportunity to be part of a new organization which will, without a doubt, have a lasting impact on generations of Binghamton women.