C4W Member Profile: Harriet Smartt

What is your profession? Retired, Career Consultant

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Volunteer activism within the cultural arts and the political realm.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? 16 years.

What inspired you to become a member? When I first arrived in Charleston, I was quickly made aware of the challenges women were facing related to finding careers or jobs that offered them a livable income. I was also made aware of the many discriminatory hiring practices that were prevalent at that time. Therefore I felt it important to offer to help the organization which was one of the few offering support for women on a myriad of issues.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I have enjoyed the association and watching the positive growth and influence offered women of this community.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? In SC, it continues to be a struggle for so many women, so I note that on a day to day basis. The Center for Women offers opportunities to open hearts and minds beyond the continuing prevalent thinking about the roles of women in society today.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in todays economy? Continue to follow your passionate interests. Women are always the most creative and resilient despite what might be swirling around in their world(s). Network with friends and family and you will emerge from this economic downturn with new and invigorated ideas and experience.

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