On the morning of Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 9 am, Maria van der Heijden and Ellen Tacoma opened the NYSE trading day by sounding the bell. The occasion was the celebration of the five year anniversary of Women in Wings.
The sounding of the bell was attended by a number of Women on Wings experts including Ronald van het Hof, Wietske Broersma and Carolijn Michels. Along with Maria and Ellen, they are helping to realize the mission of creating 1 million jobs for women in rural India. Having a job improves the position of women and improves the chance of a better life for women and their children.
“During our five year anniversary celebration on September 17, HRH Princess Máxima announced the result of 51,300 jobs realized. This milestone shows that the focus on jobs and income for women works. With an annual doubling of the number of women, after ten years we will realize over 1 million jobs for Indian women,” say Maria and Ellen.