It’s International Women’s Day once again, and we’re thrilled to be marking the occasion and honoring the women who have inspired us today on the Mediavine blog.
This year’s theme is Breaking the Bias, and as a tech company where more than half of our workforce identifies as women, including 60% in positions of leadership, we’re proud of the work we’re doing every day to smash stereotypes as we strive for gender equity in the workplace.
We also recognize that what women do outside of the workplace matters, too. From building their own small businesses to volunteering to raising families, women are powerhouses of progress and change.
So we want to say thank you not only to the women of Mediavine but also to those who have blazed trails and inspired us along the way.
Why Is It Important to Celebrate International Women’s Day?
“Women are, in short, AMAZING, and should be celebrated every day in every way. The female perspective is so multi-faceted, but for me, my deepest bonds are all with women. My mother, my sisters, my female friendships. The brilliant women I work with — now and in the past. We are so often behind the scenes propping things up and helping others shine. It is so important for us to be able to step out front, and to celebrate those that have paved our way.”
— Heather Tullos, VP of Support
“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.”Ruth Bader Ginsburg, submitted by Heather Tullos
“Sharing our collective experiences, and honoring women and the incomparable contributions we’ve made to the world, but also how we have been suppressed, is vital to lifting each other up to our highest potentials. Knowing about the women who came before us, blazing a trail for recognition and equality, not only shows us how far we have come, but reminds us of the tremendous work we have left to do.”
— Cyd Converse, Supervising Editor, Food Fanatic
“It is always great to celebrate contributions by women which tell that we are also part of history and inspires many more women to contribute to the world.”
— Navya Jonnalagadla, QA Engineer
“Much of what I learned in school growing up was male-centered. And while I think it’s important to learn what I learned, it’s also really important to learn about women’s contributions to history and our development as humans, too. For example, the mechanical dishwasher was invented by a woman (Josephine Cochrane), as were windshield wipers (Mary Anderson), modern security systems (Marie Van Brittan Brown), and the Laserphaco Probe (Patricia Bath). That last one is so important to me right now, as my mom is about to have her second cataract surgery to save her from blindness! I can’t imagine life without any of these things, and I’m super glad I don’t have to.”
— Amber Bracegirdle, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer
“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.”Tina Fey, submitted by Sam Seeley
Tell Us About an Influential Woman Who Inspires You
“My mom inspires me every day! She radiates kindness and spreads happiness everywhere she goes. She has the most loving heart and I feel so lucky that I get to call her my mom. When I grow up, I want to be just like her!”
— Kristie Kovarovic, Lead Support Specialist
“My mom, Tracey, has been the most influential woman in my life. She has always been my biggest supporter and fan. My mom is the most loving, intelligent and selfless person I have ever met. I know what hard work and perseverance is because of her. My mom raised me while going to school to become a RN, and went on to have a fulfilling career as a nurse doing what she loves, helping people. I couldn’t ask for a better mom or example of a strong woman.”
— Jennifer Myers, Jr. Ad Ops Specialist
“I would say it’s not just one woman, but a group of women that continue to inspire me every day. Women in leadership roles within pet rescues. These women live and breathe animal welfare for pets. They work their day jobs, care for their children and significant others, while putting in so many hours advocating for animals. Whether it’s driving across states for the sake of one dog, or driving 20 minutes to save 40, they’ll do anything if it means a pet gets to live another day. As the Director of a local dog rescue myself, I know how tough it is, so I admire and look up to the women who are able to do all the things with the welfare of animals at the forefront.”
— Karla Greb, Product Support Manager
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.Maya Angelou, submitted by Amber Bracegirdle
“The most influential woman in my life is absolutely my mother. My father and grandmother passed away in 2007 and 2008. During this time, I watched my mother effortlessly take on the role of caretaker. She is the strongest woman I know and I wouldn’t know what to do without her.”
— Sam Seeley, Product Manager
“My mom and my girls are my biggest inspiration. I learnt watching my mom that women can multi-task. She is my first teacher who inspired me to be bold and love unconditionally without any expectations. She has always been my huge support.”
— Navya Jonnalagadla, QA Engineer
I am woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me.Maya Angelou, submitted by Jennifer Myers
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