International Women’s Day – From The Man In The Office

Today, March 8th, 2016, we celebrate International Women’s Day. A day set aside to highlight and celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Though it’s great to see social feeds and trending topics featuring the accomplishments of women on this one day, I personally don’t think it’s enough.

We are obsessed with placing special significance on select days on the calendar. Though the majority of days are significant in remembrance of a particular event or set aside to celebrate an individual’s life achievements, pulling March 8th out of a hat and saying that “Today we’ll celebrate all women’s achievements” feels disingenuous.

I come from of a strong family. Each individual is ambitious, steadfast, charismatic, business savvy, patient…and I’m just referring to the women. I am the proud product of strong women and I see a lot of them in me. My mother’s creative brain and business acumen. My grandmother’s (both) strength, energy, drive and passion for life and family. My sister’s entrepreneurial spirit, athletic prowess and unwavering self confidence. My cousins, my girlfriend, my friends… I wish I could say that I am half the women they are.

This brings me to the core of this article.

I have the great privilege to work with all women here at Scream Agency. Each one of my colleagues is a master of their profession. They are on top of their game and they bring it every single day. There is no way that I could celebrate all they do for this company, our clients, or for me, especially in one 24 hour period. They provide direction, strength, guidance, support and inspiration, not to me, but to the work that we create together. I’m truly grateful for their contribution and they are vital to Scream Agency’s continued success.

I challenge you the reader to take a walk today and think of the women who have shaped you into the successful person that you are today. Have you thanked them? Do they feel important? I hope those women that have inspired me feel proud to read this and know that I am grateful for their ongoing guidance and inspiration.

Truly, thank you!

Gem McLaughlin

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