Happy International Women’s Day!

(Photo of Debbie, Me, and Tanya – two of the strongest women I know)

Inspired by Katie Bowden from This is Duke, and her social media post about how today we stand on the shoulders of the women who came before us… I wish to honour those who came before me and to inform the new generation of young women of what has changed in just a generation or so

When I was young, women were…

1 – sometimes ‘allowed’ to work outside the home (a privilege for women), assuming, of course, that they continued to look after the children and home chores as well

2 – told schoolteaching was okay, wanting to be a professor was too much for a woman

3 – to wear skirts and heels and makeup at work

4 – expected to marry and then quit their jobs

5 – hired at lesser pay and I heard, “Let’s hire Sally. She’s married so we won’t have to pay her as much.”

6 – called bossy and opinionated which in a boy would be described as leadership skills

I didn’t know when I was young that my loving mother and amazing grandmother had dreams beyond their families, dreams for themselves.

Today you are strong enough. Smart enough. Loveable. As You Are. With children. Without children. Married. Single. Divorced. Gay. Straight. With opinions. With Dreams in Motion. Equal pay. Equal rights. A life lived your way. 

Happy Women’s Day! Happy Life! 

Catherine Doucette MEd, CTDP delivers customized business communications and leadership programs with measurable results. Topics include management issues, communication styles, difficult conversations, presentation skills, mentoring, productivity, managing conflict, business writing, and more.

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