7 July was the last day for the TechWomen visiting Washington DC. The day before, the program was honored by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her remarks in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department. This extraordinary honor was followed by lunch, then a night tour of Washington DC by bus, then a party at our hotel. We took turns standing up to share words of affection and encouragement. There were tears, followed by two cakes secretly bought by the Mentees, followed by group hugs and much talk. Some of the Mentees were up until 4 am talking since we don’t know when we will all be back together again.
7 July was full of departures, last tours, final shopping, packing, more hugs, kisses goodbye, exchanging cards and little presents, and talk. A group went to visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts, followed by a tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The National Museum of Women in the Arts was fascinating, particularly the centuries old paintings, and the Guerrilla Girls exhibit (“Fighting discrimination with facts, humor and fake fur!”). Growing up with an artist and CCA Professor for my mother (Eleanor Dickinson), I felt quite at home. We had a pleasant ladies’ lunch at the museum restaurant. The group went on to see the International Spy Museum but I had to leave to catch my flight home to the San Francisco Bay Area.
My flight was uneventful other than seeing remarkably lovely cloud formations. Since we were flying west in the evening, we were treated to a very long sunset.
Images Copyright 2011 by Katy Dickinson