Full disclosure – I am a woman, and I work for a woman-owned business, and I can’t stress enough how important that is to me… not just because I’m a feminist, but because as a young woman I always feel heard, respected, and valued by my boss. I’m not saying that is exclusive to female leadership – I have a male superior, who also makes me feel heard, respected, and valued.
But it’s different when it’s a woman, when it’s someone who you can see yourself in, someone who you aspire to be like one day. Because the internalized misogyny in our culture is so strong – even in myself – that whenever I mention my boss to someone who is not familiar with the company, they assume her to be male, and I used to be one of those people, the people who assumed that a person in power must be a man.
I’m proud to say I’m not anymore. I was talking with my sister the other day about her and my brother-in-laws first meeting with their financial adviser – and I had just assumed that he was a woman, it was actually a moment of pride for me when my sister corrected my mistake: the first time I had mistaken someone in a traditionally “male” profession to be a female – because in my mind I have to begun to associate those whom I look to for guidance to be women.
That’s why women in business are so important – because even those of us who are conscious of internalized misogyny, who know that women are just as capable and destined for greatness as any man, can seem to forget the possibilities for ourselves and other women because in the past their have been so few women in positions of power for us to see ourselves in, but that is slowly being remedied.
Women in business and women in power are so important for the continued growth of the world because it opens doors for future generations – it helps young girls to not shy away from STEM subjects in schools, it allows that shy newly minted grad an opportunity at the table, it allows women to dream of the stars and to then reach them.
Written by: Mollie Mac, ECOBAGS® very own marketing maven. Mollie is an adventurer and a green living advocate. If you have any tips or tricks for her she’d love to hear from you, email her at: mollie(at)ecobags(dot)com