It’s International Women's Day 2022!
How are we collectively breaking the bias against women in our homes, our communities, workplaces, and in everyday life? How do you think, speak, and act in ways that support gender equality?
I’d like to take a moment to celebrate two incredible women in my life that continue to amaze me by their compassion, strength, and self-empowerment. They shared photos with me that best represents how they break the bias in their own lives.
My mom has always been an inspiration to me. She’s a self-made woman who joined the Marine Corps after high school, put herself through college as a single mom, married the man of her dreams, had two more children, and ran her own accounting business.
Question: Who in your life has inspired you to break the bias against women?
“My mother. She said I could do whatever I wanted to.”
My friend Kendra is one of the most all-around intelligent people I know. She received her Master of Science from a German university in 2021. Personal life experiences inspired her to help create a cure for cancer. In addition to her love of science, Kendra is a world-traveler, free spirit, and an enthusiastic dog lover!
Question: In what ways do you break the bias against women in your workplace?
“I try to break the bias when I know that I am a well-educated woman. When it came to the [job] interview, I was asking what the company does to fight against the bias… For example, what do they do to generate equal pay? Or what do they do to make women be able to stay in the company even if they get pregnant? Those were actually questions I was asking during the interview… to find an employee that fits what I am looking for.”
As a mother of a little girl, I find it especially important to do everything I can to make sure she grows up in a world where she is valued regardless of her gender. Evelyn knows that I will support her in playing any sport she wants to, learning anything she’s interested in, and being a pretty fairy princess if that’s what makes her happy.