ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Choose to Challenge,” which means calling out gender bias and inequality where to see it in order to help create an inclusive world.
In order to discuss the impact of International Women’s Day, WFXR News’ Amanda Kenney conducted a live, one-on-one interview with former Roanoke City Councilwoman and social worker, Djuna Osborne, on Monday, March 8.
Osborne was on the city council during a historic time. In fact, the Roanoke City Council made history twice during Osborne’s tenure, first in 2018 when three women were on the council — the most at a single time — and then in 2019 when female members outnumbered male members on the council for the first time.
However, in September 2020, Osborne made a tough decision to step down from the city council to stay home with her family amid the pandemic.
For the sake of context, according to the National Women’s Law Center, in September, four times more women than men dropped out of the workforce.
With her background in counseling — specifically for medical professionals, therapists, and entrepreneurs — Osborne helps people with confidence and empowerment, among many other things.
Therefore, in honor of International Women’s Day, we asked Osborn to offer some pieces of advice for women to start their day feeling empowered.