Recently, President Joe Biden made history in nominating Ketanji Brown Jackson for a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Jackson would be the first black woman to ever serve on the court.
The nomination comes as we transition from Black History Month (February) into Women’s History Month (March), and I think it serves as an important reminder of the progress we’ve made toward both racial and gender equality in the U.S. But moments like these also show us how far we have to go. There have been 115 justices on the court all time — all but seven have been white men.
March 8 is also International Women’s Day, which is a good time to celebrate trailblazers like Ms. Jackson. Or the brave women who are taking up arms in Ukraine. Both stories highlight that women are just as strong, courageous and able as their male counterparts.
In the mobility industry, it’s important that women lift each other up. That’s been my mission with the “Making HERstory” LinkedIn group (please join us!), and I think it’s critical that our organizations reflect a commitment to empowering women in leadership positions.
It’s also vital that we support and empower women who we help relocate. It’s a topic I’ve written about a number of times before (click here for some previous posts) because it’s something I’m passionate about. How can mobility programs make sure we’re truly meeting the needs of our female customers, rather than pushing them into rigid policies that might not accommodate them or their families? Focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) within your program is a great way to ensure you’re meeting the needs of everyone you serve.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Ben Cross on "Love + Relo" about how mobility can do better at supporting DE&I initiatives generally. We also spent some time discussing the realities of being a woman in our industry and other corporate environments, and I'll leave you with what we finished with, which is my top five ways for women to build their brand (and empower themselves professionally): Lift other women up Own your voice Never stop learning from anyone or anywhere Know your true passion Know your strengths