What perfect timing… the last day of Womens history month falls on Mothers day! Before this month long celebration of women in history was launched into the spotlight I personally always thought Mothering Sunday was the perfect day to celebrate women. Not just mothers.
Not to take anything away from the great work our mamas do and have done because of course without them we wouldn’t be here. We can’t also forget that Mother’s Day is equally significant to those whose mums have passed, to the women who are becoming and wanting to become mothers.
Continuing the celebration of Womens History month and Mothering Sunday, we asked a few awesome boss ladies, with whom we’ve collaborated/featured in our delightfully themed boxes, to share with us their thoughts about women in business.
When asked how important is it that women own their own narrative, Jill Rehm-Craine, founder/owner of Glisten & Glow LLC said “It is extremely important for women to own their own narrative as we are the fabric that creates, instills, and provides for so many of our families and loved ones. Women are born storytellers. The ability to share their passions, interests, and versatile talents with the world is what creates female empowerment”
Jill goes on to say “Being a woman in business can be difficult at times because women are expected to wear many different hats and meet the expectations set for us based upon our gender. For many women, earning a seat at the table and gaining respect as a business owner can be difficult in a patriarchal society”.
We asked Lauren Berkovitz, industry expert and fashion trend-setter of Lauren B Beauty what it is like to be the owner/creator of her own brand and what challenges she faces being a woman in business. “It’s definitely a challenge the I’m constantly being underestimated, judged, ignored, given unsolicited “advise” from older men, and in general being told that I would not be a success or not be able to accomplish something. It’s incredibly frustrating but this just drives me more!
Suzi of Prism Polish adds “I guess I am lucky in that my business is ‘girlie’ so there are no challenges as such that I face being a woman as opposed to being a man. As a very female driven industry, I think women are respected for their knowledge and creativity within the cosmetics communities and I definitely feel that this is the case with my brand.
Times are definitely changing and more and more women are owning their own narrative as a married woman in her mid thirties, Suzi wants to highlight how important it is for women to take control of their own story, she goes on to say, “I’m not concerned about fitting in or conforming and never have been. I find it very frustrating when people (and society in general) ask why you haven’t done something that, according to their own expectations, you should have done. We should do what makes us happy and what is right for us individually – if that means conforming to society’s ideals, great. And if it doesn’t, that’s fine too and just as valuable and worthy!”
If anyone reading this has thought about starting their own business and isn’t too sure if they should or not… I think on behalf of the MeeBox gals and the every other women business owner we say DO IT!
For Lauren B starting a business based around nails got her through some of the toughest times. “Nail polish always made me smile and gave me a confidence that invited me to feel fancy as a child and put together as an adult. In founding Lauren B. Beauty, I want to empower all women to feel beautiful and confident”.
Jill’s advice is to create and maintain interpersonal relationships with customers. “These close relationships I form create brand loyalty and provide a keen understanding of my customer’s wants and needs. It takes a village and I am beyond grateful for the family, friends, and customers who support my dreams”.
Suzi wraps by telling you all to be true to yourself. Go after what you want to achieve, stick to the goals that you set yourself, don’t be sidetracked by what your competition are or aren’t doing. Figure out what works for you and keep at it! Don’t be afraid to approach and seize any opportunity no matter how big or small “I approached the lovely ladies of MeeBox when I had been going just over a month and was a teeny, tiny start up – they took a chance on me and it got me so much exposure that I truly believe it helped to kick start Prism’s success”.
In short; who runs the world…? GIRLS!
Happy Mothers day especially to the MeeBox Mamas that love and support their gals!!!