A Day. A Week. A Month. The Movement that Grew and Continues to Grow—Women’s History Month.

Happy Women’s History Month! My post is a tribute to all the women who came before me, a huge shout out to the women today, and a wish for the women of tomorrow. We are inspirational. We are powerful. We are the future.

The women’s movement began in Europe when the first International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8, 1911. The United States started recognizing March 8 as International Women’s Day in 1975, which was extended to a week when Congress passed a Joint Congressional Resolution in 1981 (thank you, former senators, Barbara Mikulski and Orrin Hatch, representatives at the time). And since 1987, every president has declared March Women’s History Month. Quite the transformation.

The purpose of Women’s History Month is to reflect upon the accomplishments and contributions women have made to our culture and society. A chance to remember the bold and courageous women who were the firsts, the trailblazers—the ones who made our today possible. This month we celebrate their achievements, we also become acutely aware of how much still needs to be done—not just for women but for all minorities.

I consider myself lucky—actually, very lucky.

I am a part of a company that believes in empowerment and equality. And I am fortunate to be in a position where I can elevate the women around me and cheer them on as they grow in their careers and confidence.

Earlier this month on LinkedIn, I posted about the remarkable women I work with each day. These women are truly exceptional. The Coronavirus pandemic turned our business upside down—it seemed like there was a new challenge for our team to overcome every day. And somehow, we did overcome everything thrown in our way. And somehow, we are better because of it.

Every day these women show up, they speak up, and they level up. And we are a better company because of them. Yes, undoubtedly, we are still learning and continuously trying to “do better.” We know there is still a lot to do, and we are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for everyone.

But at this moment, I want to recognize the women on our leadership team. It is their voices, their ideas that shape our path forward. They are the face of our progress and the face of our future.

And on a personal note. Mom, thank you. I watched you achieve great success in a male-dominated industry with determination and grace. Thank you for letting me dream, encouraging me along the way, and showing me what a person can overcome. (I wouldn’t be writing this if it weren’t for her.)