Today is about celebrating the political, social, economic and cultural achievements of women, and here at Nature’s Edge, we are always excited to see this day pop up on the calendar. This year’s theme is #PressforProgress, which is a call to come together and push for gender equality. It isn’t organization-specific or benefitting a particular foundation, but instead is a day to celebrate the progress and push on for more. The goal is to not become complacent in our achievements but to use the achievements of the women before us as inspiration and motivation to work towards gender parity.
Why is this day so exciting for us? Nature’s Edge is a woman-owned business, and today is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the strong women who have come before us to help raise us up, inspire us and pave the way for greatness. Who are some of those women, you ask?
“It gives me great joy to celebrate women – my sisters - of all races and ethnicities across the world today and every day! I was a raging feminist at 6 years old and didn’t know that’s what I was, so my hunch is I came out of the womb as one! It was the late 60s and early 70’s and I was all about Girl Power! My very first role model – well, of course Gloria Steinem. Her decades of dedication, leadership, and perspiration for the cause of gender equality is bar none in my book and continues to inspire me towards my highest ideals. Today, as always, I beat to my own drum with one foot firmly supporting women through friendship, business and mentoring while my next foot is propelled forward into a future where ALL women enjoy true equality, equity, and opportunity. Shhhh… can you hear the heartbeat of my drum?”
“I was really fortunate to have so many examples in my family of strong, independent women, but my grandmothers were major sources of inspiration growing up (and still are)! My maternal grandmother was out of the box…an artist, a model, a horseback rider, a gardener…a leopard bikini wearer! When she walked out the door, she exuded confidence, and if you didn’t like it, she would leave you behind. My paternal grandmother was the opposite in fashion, style and hair color, but she made anything and everything seem possible. She went back to graduate school later in life, was a tennis player and still to this day is the most social person I know! She showed me that you don’t need to fear aging…every year can be a fun adventure. Aside from my family, I am wildly inspired by everything I read about Barbara Corcoran, Angela Merkel and Kathrine Switzer.”
Which women in your life or in the world inspire you?
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