#MakeYourMark: Q&A with Sesame Workshop's Sherrie Westin

February 20, 2020

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s International Women’s Day Forum on March 5, we’re highlighting 10 inspiring leaders who have made their mark in advancing opportunities for women and girls. Sherrie Westin, President of Social Impact and Philanthropy for Sesame Workshop, leads the Workshop’s efforts to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. 

1. What is the biggest issue facing women today? 

I think one of the biggest issues facing women today is the need for equal access to education for all girls wherever they may be. At Sesame Workshop, we focus on reaching girls in their critical early years when they’re forming their sense of self and possibility, inspiring them to dream big and giving them the skills they need to succeed. True gender equity – from the outset – will have the most significant impact on the state of women in the long term.

2. How can we best engage the next generation to continue the momentum in women’s empowerment?

We know the importance of empowering young girls, but we also know that we need to engage young boys alongside them if we’re really going to level the playing field for the next generation. By teaching young boys the value of girls' education and breaking down the gender stereotypes children often form at a young age, we can plant the seeds for societal change. 

3. What would you like to see change in the next 10 years? 

In the next 10 years, I hope to see greater investment in girls’ education and women’s economic empowerment around the globe. 

Sherrie Westin will be speaking at the 10th Annual International Women’s Day Forum: Marking a Milestone, Continuing the Momentum on March 5 in New York City. Explore the full agenda and register now to save your spot.