This is International Women’s Day: a day to look back on the change that has been established, a time to celebrate the power of women, and a moment to reflect on the progress to be made in the future. Since the earliest celebration in 1911, people all around the globe now celebrate and appreciate women together on March 8th. It also marks the first days of National Women’s History month for the U.S. where we celebrate the contributions of women and girls around the globe during the month of March.
This year, to celebrate women, IMT Residential decided to ask the women of our company a series of questions that inquire about topics from feminism to inspiration and dreams. What we received were comments that were inspiring and carefully thought-out which show how truly incredible the women of IMT are:
WHAT DOES FEMINISM MEAN TO YOU?
- “Doing what you love with no limits.”
- “To me, feminism represents women changing the way women and their roles are perceived by society. I work very hard to ensure that I deserve everything I have worked hard for. I have taught my children through actions, not words, that to be a strong woman is important for the proper balance in any type of relationship- personal or work.”
- “Women taking control of their own life and future.”
- “Equality of women’s rights. Being treated the same as my male counterparts, not better, just the same.”
- “Equal opportunities and social rights for women….education, employment, etc.”
- “Women taking control of their own life and future.”
- “Feminism is the gift of our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers. I think back to when it all started and how women had to fight for the right to vote. At that time it was so much harder to be taken seriously. Their fight to be heard opened so many doors for women in history and it all started with a grass roots movement.”
WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU AND WHY?
- “My mother because of her quiet demeanor and strength was remarkable. My father did not want her to work outside of the home, [but] she convinced him to become foster parents. She made her mission in life to inspire and teach all my brothers and sisters that they could achieve whatever they wanted. We have engineers, computer designers, real estate brokers, business owners, teachers [and] executive administrators that walked through our doors lost, and she inspired them to be all they could be.”
- “A woman that knows what she wants and goes after it, she is strong and has her intellectual opinion based on facts and knowledge yet is nurturing at the same time.”
- “Amelia Earhart. She did what many (virtually everyone) told her she couldn’t do. Though the ending of her life story is that of a tragedy, she broke down many barriers [that] no other woman had and dared to do the ‘impossible.’”
- “My mom, she’s always worked hard and tried to do everything to make her daughters happy no matter the circumstances. She’s beautiful both inside and out.”
- “I read Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In a few years back, regarding female leaders in the workplace. It was very informative and inspirational. In terms of really making a difference, I admire Malala Yousafzai – the young Pakistani shot in the head on a school bus after writing about the Taliban closing schools for girls..she survived, won the Nobel Prize and continues to fight for this cause through the Malala Fund. She is totally amazing and inspires me.”
WHAT QUALITIES MAKE A GREAT LEADER?
- “Compassion, humbleness, [they] think about the team and not just themselves. [They] enjoy building up their employees. Honest and hardworking.”
- “The ability to inspire, listen, and communicate a clear message.”
- “Integrity, honesty, transparency, confidence, accountability, focused, ability to remain calm [and]… teach others through actions. Open to unconventional problem-solving techniques, as well as, [putting an] importance [on] team efforts.”
- “Kindness, working along side of those who they are leading, being positive, [and the] drive to assist others in achieving goals.”
- “Leading by example, not being scared to mentor and taking care of your team members. There is some things that we are all accountable for – our integrity, our reliability, our passion and our honesty.”
- “Patience and the ability to not take things personal.”
IF YOU COULD MEET ANYONE, MAN OR WOMAN, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO MEET?
- “Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson of NASA… largely because no one has ever talked about the contributions of these women to the space program. I admire the courage of the astronauts, but it took a whole lot more than courage to make sure these men got home safely. These ladies are real heroes.”
- “A great Iranian Poet name Parvin E’tesami. She fought for equal rights in a third world country and spoke her mind with poetry.”
- “My great grandmother. She raised 13 children.”
- “Martin Luther King Jr. He stood up for his rights and would not take no or racism for an answer. If you believe something is right you should fight for it.”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING A WOMAN?
- “ I love that I have so much heart and compassion for others but, most importantly, that I have the power to create life and grow our world population.”
- “My favorite thing about being a woman is being sensitive. Though a lot of us find being sensitive weak, I believe that this stimulates more fairness in decision-making. Being sensitive to other people’s needs make a wonderful woman.”
- “Being able to walk through any door and be recognized as someone equal, beautiful and free.”
- “That I can change my mind!!! Kidding aside, I was able to make my parents proud. [I was the] first to graduate, first to go to college and first to really love and enjoy what they do every day. The doors could have been shut, but my determination to succeed helped keep them open. I sit every day and wonder what will I do in my golden years [and how] I can incorporate [it] with what I do now. So many options…it is great!”
- “The experience of having my son.”
- “Ability to have kids! Giving life and allowing that to be a part of your forever world, to me, is the most glorious part of having children. I love my girls to the moon and back. Also, the ability to stay in touch with our inner girl!”
- “Being a strong women able to do things on my own.”
- “In a right environment, we can be more powerful than men because we can multi-task and be caring at the same time.”
ARE THERE ANY ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT WOMEN THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE? WHY?
- “That a woman needs a man to survive. Women want to be revered and cherished, but they make things happen on their own all the time. I think women are objectified when they believe they can’t make it without a man!”
- “That we are too sweet to be a boss; we are too pretty to be smart, that women are too emotional to be good leaders.”
- “That we are weak because we are emotional. This is what makes us strong. I may cry when I am frustrated, but I never buckle under pressure.”
- “That we are meant to only do certain things such as get married, have children and be only wives and moms. We are slowly but surely changing that mindset.”
- “That we aren’t as smart as men or we don’t deserve to make as much money as they do. Truly makes me angry.”
- “That we are evil and dramatic. Women are overwhelmingly supportive and positive when it comes to our sex.”
- “We are stronger than people think.”
- “That we are weak because we are so strong in many other areas when being compared physically. Our intellectual [and] emotional abilities reach far beyond what a man can ever compare/experience.”
IF YOU COULD LEARN TO DO ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
- “I would learn to build a plane so I could build them and go all over the world.”
- “Speak multiple languages.”
- “Drive a formula one race car.”
- “I would love to learn how to build a computer and program it.”
- “Learn how to fly.”
- “I would like to finish my B.S. in finance once my youngest son graduates. I was an excellent student in college but didn’t have the means to complete my education as well as raise two small children. I will always strive to learn more regardless.”
- “I would love to be a veterinarian.”
- “I would like to learn to do mechanics in my car.”
- “Speak all the languages of the world and be able to communicate with everyone.”
WHAT WAS THE FIRST THING YOU BOUGHT WITH YOUR OWN MONEY?
- “Riedell Ice Skates— I babysat for my next door neighbor for my entire Christmas break to pay for them”
- “I saved up to buy school clothes when I was 13 years old.”
- “I began saving all of my Christmas and birthday money when I was very young. Eventually, my aunt and uncle set up a savings account in my name. When I turned 16 in 1989, the first thing I bought was a 1988 Ford Mustang LX for $5,800. At 22 and a single mother, I accepted my first management position and bought my first house for $75,000.”
- “ A ticket from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.”
- “Most likely clothes. I was only 13 when I received my first paycheck. Maybe even garbage pail kids if we are talking about allowance.”
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE WILL BE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR THE GENERATION OF WOMEN BEHIND YOU?
- “Getting over the sense of entitlement and not learning the true meaning of working hard for a living.”
- “Learning to take a leap of faith and know that, without trying, you will never know if you can accomplish your dream.
- “That they do not need validation from anyone. Staying true to their needs and wants without losing the feminine touch.”
- “Although there have been significant strides made to even the playing field for women, I believe that women will continue to struggle with balancing a career with raising a young family and because of that, will not meet the demands required for some executive positions without compromising the well being of her family.”
- “Dating. I watch my single friends date online and it looks like a waking nightmare. I can’t imagine it improving from here.”
- “Retaining our right to choose. Obtaining equal pay for equal skills.”
- “They expect things and don’t want to work for them.”
- “Social media. It messes with a person’s self-image.”
Women are true go-getters that embody the confidence and passion every woman hopes to have. International Women’s Day and National Women’s History Month are just designated times to celebrate womankind, but women and men alike should celebrate each other every day. We want to thank all of the women who participated in the survey and implore everyone to commend the women in your life.