Happy International Women's Day from us at Populus Group!
Sunday, March 8th was International Women's Day! We're so proud of our amazing PG women, and all that they do at work and beyond. This year's theme is #EachforEqual, so we asked our climbers the same question #IWD asks: How can you forge a more gender equal world? Why is it important to you?
Here's what some of our amazing climbers shared:
Employee Relationship Specialist
I will work to lead by example for my daughter, Cecilia. She was 4 days old in this picture (below) and everything I do is to teach her that she can have anything in this world that she wants. I will work hard in my family and in my career to show her that hard work gets results. My husband also works with me to show her that he and I are equal partners, not only in providing for her, but also in raising her!
Financial Operations Manager
I will forge a more gender equal world by supporting my daughters to achieve their potential; educating them to know they deserve to be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity. It's important to do so because women are created equal to men, and we should all endeavor to make our culture reflect that self-evident truth.
As we recognize International Women's Day and Women's History Month, we should celebrate the strengths and abilities of all genders. To me, a more "gender equal world" means creating an inclusive space for all genders to excel. This means giving people practical tools to achieve this goal. For example, ensuring that women are represented on executive boards and in meetings, rejecting gender-favoring, not falling into gender-rigid structures, and speaking up when you experience or witness gender discrimination. Cherish the strengths of masculinity and femininity, and everyone wins!
Proposal and Content Strategist
I will forge a more gender equal world by supporting and helping others achieve their goals, and celebrating their achievements. It's important to highlight each others' accomplishments to lift one another up and inspire others! No one should feel like they can't be everything they want simply because of gender differences.
Derek Kimmerle, CCWP
Customer Success Manager
I will forge a more gender equal world by continuing to address both the obvious and underlying reasons behind compensation discrimination. The gender wage gap is far more complex than most give it credit for, and to truly solve a problem it must be dissected thoroughly and directly. It's important to maintain relevancy of the wage gap not only now during Women's History Month, but the other 11 months of the year, as well. Women can't do it alone. Without the support of men, the gender wage gap will continue to be a detriment to women around the world. Everyone should be a feminist. I do this for the women of the future, like my two nieces.
Director, Strategic Sales & Channel Partnerships
I support and promote my wife, Tanesha Lambert, in her mission to reach her full potential. She is starting a movement called "guilt-free ambition" to empower entrepreneurial mothers...and I'm going to give lots of love and effort to help. We're better together!
Customer Experience Coordinator
I will forge a more gender equal world by making sure my wife is appreciated every single day. She does so much for our family, and I want to encourage her in all she does so she knows she can achieve anything she sets her mind to--because she can! It's so important to show appreciation, big or small. The big things are great, but it's the little things that matter in uplifting her every day.
Corporate Compliance Manager
As co-leader of the Populus Group Employee Resource Group (PG Parents), I am part of an initiative to support working parents of both genders, providing resources, as well as identifying any gaps we have (and finding solutions to close them!). I'm also raising two strong daughters who will be in the workforce on day, and I want them to have every opportunity possible regardless of their gender. Our family pushes to provide them with a variety of great role models who continue to push limits and are great examples to inspire them to be themselves!
Michelle Vaught, CCWP
As a woman in the workplace, I see how important it is for women to feel empowered to speak up, and feel comfortable making an impact/difference in their career. I plan to make an impact by making myself available to mentor new women entering the workforce, and help them navigate the corporate world!
How will YOU forge a more gender equal world? Why is it important to you? Leave us a comment!