“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” -Goethe
This year March is National Women’s History month. And although most of the history of our country and others is filled with “founding fathers”, there have always been strong women leading the way and breaking barriers.
In the business world, women are said to have a “glass ceiling” that they can’t push past. And yet more and more women are professionals in high places.
“The stories of women’s achievements are integral to the fabric of our history.” This project and month of honor/reflection is meant to highlight the courage and creativity that women through history have presented. Women have always been a source of strength in their communities so it’s only natural that we learn from them.
Take time this month and look into your ancestry. I’m sure women in your own family have great stories of success and triumph over adversity. Make sure to tell those women how much you love and respect them.
Then jot down the women in your life and in history that inspire you. Learn more about them and take notes. Remind yourself each day that you are special and can do great things. Remember that the reason why women have success is that we follow our hearts, emotions and never give up.
Personally, I’m inspired by the women in my life and my female role-models in the business world.
My mother and aunt both own bookstores have done so for many years… their small business is older than I am! My mom shows me how you can accomplish things and still spend quality time at home. As a kid I never realized how much she did and how hard she worked. She is a teacher in every sense of the word. Teaching her students to read, inspiring people to love reading for fun, and teaching my brother and I about faith and so much more.
My role models are strong women in the business world and mainly in creative roles. To name a few: Martha Stewart, Oprah, Rachel Ray, Julia Child.
And these days I’m finding inspiration from Dreamers into Doers. It’s a part of the Martha Stewart’s community. It “celebrates talented and creative women who turn their dreams into careers they love”. I can’t get enough of this. I love reading about ladies who started small businesses from their true passions and turned them into something big. This gives me hope as I am trying to create my own brand, logo and begin to sell my own designs.
I’m proud to be a women in America and I’m proud of the strong heritage I come from. A month doesn’t quite seem long enough to honor all the inspirational women in our world, but it’s a start. Don’t ever forget that part of the word “women” is “WE”. We the people includes all men, women and children…. no matter race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
Follow your dreams and learn from the past. Stay strong and be true to yourself!!