As we read articles and see clips on the news about it being Women’s History Month, one question keeps coming up: What can we do to make sure that all the work throughout history can keep moving forward? Here are a few suggestions that can work both inside and outside of the workplace.
• Collaborate rather than compete. With space at the table limited in some industries, try to work with other women in your company to come up with ideas to present.
• Let people know that they are more than pretty. This can start with young girls and goes all the way to your adult friends. It’s nice to compliment people on outfits they put together, but it is also important to let them know that you see the other beautiful traits they have such as their strength, determination, humor, and drive.
• Show up for other women. Whether it be a friend or a co-worker, if they express the need to talk - then listen. If you sense that they are struggling with something, ask them for coffee. Be a safe space for them to work through their thoughts.
• Mentor women. Is there a program set up at your company to connect potential mentors and mentees? If so, sign up and get involved. If not, try to create one!
• Hire female veterans. Hire females from any historically male-dominated field. These are tough fields to bridge into new careers.
When we seek to rise, it doesn’t help us as a whole by climbing on others. Rather we should lift each other up. Remember, we are stronger together. Happy Women’s History Month!