CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY!
Will you join us in celebrating Jumie with a special gift today?
An atomic clock resides in her chest. It marks the time with rhythm and unique precision. Producing enough energy to travel the moon and back, a heart doesn’t flutter, it soars for others.
As a traveler of both time and space, Jumie Garba has worked on space shuttles and airliners you have yet to see. She hasn’t spent 25 years examining fasteners, but she is fascinated with mechanisms and how things work together. She tames pythons in her spare time. That’s a coding joke. Jumie is involved with a company that specializes in reconstructing your reality. Her own existence is somewhere between Velma and Janelle Monae’s Electric Lady. When Jumie says, "Build it. Test it. Can we make this a reality?" you can’t be certain if she’s referring to the hardware design process or if she’s projecting her philanthropic spirit.
"I love volunteering," says Jumie. "That’s why I really love Legal Voice."
Her family was struck by tragedy during her freshman year of college. The sacrifices strangers made for her loved ones during that difficult time left a resounding impact on Jumie. You can feel it as the words leave her lips. "I remember going to the Ronald McDonald House to visit. I remember being in this house and there were all these volunteers there. They didn’t have to be there. It left an imprint on me that people would use their time to help people that were helpless. I never forgot that. That’s why I volunteer."
"[International Women's Day] is a reminder of how far we’ve come.
It’s a reminder of how far we need to keep going."
She has a noticeable enthusiasm for giving back to the community. What Jumie appreciates most about International Women’s Day is the recognition of contributions that have not been properly acknowledged and the reminder of a shared sisterhood. "There are a lot of people of color who have done amazing things that have never gotten credit for it. That’s heartbreaking to me. It really comes down to validating and acknowledging people. Thank you goes a long way and we don’t do it enough."
"In a way, I wish we didn’t need this holiday," continues Jumie. "But I’m glad it’s here to remind people that women contribute a lot. It’s a reminder of how far we’ve come. It’s a reminder of how far we need to keep going."
Jumie realizes, like most of you, that a single celebratory day doesn’t limit the importance of proper representation. Tomorrow won’t change the fact that women should have primary roles in decision-making processes, especially when it concerns reproductive rights and reproductive justice. A change of seasons will not quell the demand for an equitable dialogue.
Somewhere, in an office space over the rainbow, a woman is in a meeting, being acknowledged for making a good point, free from accusations of hysterics. This scenario shouldn’t be interpreted as a fantastical piece of Hayao Miyazaki art. "What colors did rainbow represent? How do we know salaryman was chairing the meeting?" The future of feminism is the finality of how unremarkable the aforementioned sequence of events should be.
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This piece was based on an interview with Jumie Garba and written by Phil Bouie. MORE STORIES