Happy International Women’s Day (IWD). According to the IWD website, “IWD provides an important moment to showcase commitment to women's equality, launch new initiatives and action, celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness, highlight gender parity gains and more.”
The 2019 Campaign for IWD is #balanceforbetter. This campaign is focused on building a gender-balanced world, “Balance is not a women's issue, it's a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage ...Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.”
At WSOL, we are acknowledging International Women’s Day with several activities throughout the day. All of our women staff are highlighted in a special pop up art gallery, Women of WSOL.
We have a thank you card station where employees are encouraged to write a thank you note to a female figure who has impacted their life. At lunchtime, we’ll gather for a TED talk and discussion on Allyship and how we can continue to support each other in the workplace. Throughout the day, we’ll be blasting an all-female playlist—a compilation of powerhouse tunes from female artists featuring specific requests from our women employees. Take a listen here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4ZWOTahYeLuMWxy8cb0hxO
I am honored to share profiles of a few of our amazing WSOL women.
Britney Na | Interaction Designer
Favorite female leader: Helen Keller
Favorite inspiring quote: Life is either a daring adventure or nothing
Something that younger you would like about older you: taking better care of myself. Eating healthier than what I enjoyed in my 20’s
Jeni Mickalovski | Accounting Manager
Favorite female leader: Oprah Winfrey
Favorite inspiring quote: The same boiling water that softens the potato, hardens the egg.
Something that younger you would like about older you: my strength
Katelyn Ahern | Project Manager
Favorite female leader: Michelle Obama
Favorite inspiring quote: Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Something that younger you would like about older you: Younger me would like my passion to explore the world, build connections and indulge in dessert every step of the way.
While International Women’s Day is specifically one day, we believe in celebrating women and their accomplishments every day. We're looking forward to future IWD celebrations. How does your company celebrate?