Welcome to International Women’s Month, a time to celebrate the amazing women we know and love at STIL.
To us, International Women’s Day is about much more than a single day. It’s about truly committing to women’s progress and creating a brighter future every day. It simply means taking a moment to do something each day, each week, and each year to celebrate women of all backgrounds, cultures, jobs, ages and identities.
Women’s Day is a year-long initiative to inspire others to reflect on what it means to be a woman. And beyond. Think of this as an open invitation to ask yourself the question: “What does it mean to you to be a woman today?”.
And because we think women are pretty amazing, we wanted to get real with you (and them) in an effort to support our community who is dedicated to doing the same. Last year, we asked four inspiring women to expose what it means to them to be a woman and here’s what they had to say.
Think of this as an open invitation to ask yourself the question: “What does it mean to you to be a woman today?”.
// MARISSA CRISTINA
I think it comes down to what we do with our power. As women we are all powerful by nature. And is that not incredible? I think there is no better time to be a woman than now and I think it's important for us all to share our struggles, our stories, our successes and to celebrate each other for each of them. Second, I think it's important for us to educate younger generations on the power of us. I want to inspire as many young women as I can to strive to be their absolute best. Because if I can do it, so can they.
// AMANDA KAO
Being a woman today means knowing your strength and putting yourself first even though you've been told your entire life you shouldn't. It's about supporting and elevating other women, learning about other disenfranchised groups in the world, making mistakes, and in turn knowing that making mistakes is a normal human thing. We are intelligent, thoughtful, strong, and resilient and many of us are now realizing what we can achieve.
// STEFANIA BRANDNER
Being a woman means to embrace yourself fully. Embracing not only your mistakes but bragging about your accomplishments too. We've spent years believing that we have to keep quiet about what we do well, and improve ourselves when we haven't done as great. Today, being a woman, means owning who you are in this moment and loving every bit of it.
// MARIAH MILLIE
It means everything. Being a woman today means being able to use my voice, being able to speak my truth, being able to lift other woman up, and remind them how far we’ve come, being able to keep pushing for equality, and encourage other woman. All of us women together should always have each others backs and lift each other higher. Being a part of a community. I work beside multiple successful woman everyday and they inspire me daily, and that’s the way it should be. Because we are BADASS and should be celebrated. It means community over competition, and equality.