Welcome to the ninety-first issue of CEE News!
Every year, the U.S. recognizes March as Women’s History Month, and as the CEO of Center for Executive Excellence, a Woman-Owned Business, I’m excited to celebrate. If you’re wondering how you can celebrate Women’s History Month this month and beyond, here are four excellent tips.
1. Learn the backstories.
The theme of Women’s History Month 2023 is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” This theme is a tribute to women who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling, past and present. Watch this tribute to journalist Belva Davis who is credited with opening the door for Black television reporters. Check out “Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins” an award-winning 2019 documentary about the irreverent and irrepressible American newspaper columnist, author, political commentator, and humorist. Or, pick up Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble: Some Things About Women and Notes on the Media, a collection of essays written by American author, screenwriter, and director Nora Ephron in 1970’s America.
2. Be aware of issues women still face today.
Although women have made progress since the 70’s, The State of Women in the Labor Market in 2023 published by American Progress, finds that women still earn less on average than men, carry the majority of household and childcare responsibilities, and face occupational segregation. Women are also under-represented in politics, leadership, and STEM careers.
3. Support a woman-owned business.
If you really want to make a measurable difference this Women’s History Month, support a local woman-owned business. Maybe buy your coffee and pastries at a local startup instead of a big chain. Take a minute to chat with the owner to learn about her origin story and her vision. You just might find a hidden gem while spending your consumer dollars within your community.
4. Write a thank you note to a woman who inspires you.
A few simple words to acknowledge how another woman has inspired you can mean a lot to her. Maybe she’s a role model or a friend who helped you through a tough time. Maybe you admire certain qualities about her and haven’t taken the time to let her know. A show of gratitude is a meaningful gesture.
Question: What women do you know whose contributions should be recognized and celebrated this month?
Sheri Nasim | President & CEO