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As we contemplate the impact of women role models during Women’s History Month, we are grateful for the women that paved the way for us to found a small business based on the values of gratitude, happiness and self-care.
We were both raised in strong, matriarchal households. Our moms were the primary "breadwinners," the caretakers, the “hustlers”. We were taught to break the "glass ceilings” and fight traditional expectations. We were challenged to learn, aim high, and work hard. But despite such positive reinforcement and a dare to dream big, when we entered the workforce we worked really hard, only to feel pushed to work even harder to prove our worth. Never saying no. Night meetings? Travel? Impossible deadlines? No problem! Unfortunately for us, this ended in burnout.
Burnout is not just “working too hard.” It is a state of emotional and physical exhaustion that is more often experienced by women because the prevailing definition of work “success” is largely based on the 1950s idea of a single household “breadwinner” and rigid definitions of gender roles.
We're so grateful for the lessons we learned from our moms, and we must do the same — teach our daughters to challenge the status quo, question the system, push back on the current definitions of leadership and success, and not just play the game, but change the game when it just doesn’t work.
As women, we still have a long way to go for equality and representation, but we do not have to wait our turn, work every night, or meet impossible deadlines to be successful. We can start at the top, we can say no, and we can and should have leadership roles at every level of government, tech, healthcare and businesses great and small.
So as we celebrate International Women’s day and reflect on the women that support and inspire us with their courage, let’s also believe that we will pave new pathways that truly reflect the contributions of women to the workforce by recognizing mental wellbeing, flexibility, creativity, and balance as key business values and measures of success. Because with workplaces that acknowledge that affordable and accessible childcare is key to work success, that working from home can provide more flexibility for two earner households, and that kindness and compassion are an important part of a balanced life, we are ALL better off.
Here’s to our sheros and every future badass women!
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