1. What does being a feminist mean to you?
Being a feminist means believing in equal rights, equal opportunities and equal freedoms for all humans. This has always been a core value of mine, having grown up surrounded by strong women who embraced the ‘feminist’ label and wore it proudly. Now, it is embedded in everything I do and strive for – and I expect the same of those with whom I’m closest. Feminism benefits everyone.
2. In 2022, is it still necessary to “empower” women?
It will always be necessary to empower others, and women specifically! There are still so many barriers that impede the success and progress for women - education, wages, sport, etc. It is disillusioning to realize we have taken steps backwards, but our generation must forge ahead and continue the fight for equality across all categories.
3. What is your advice for young women entering their professional careers?
Don’t apologize for being a force – embrace your power and own your strength.
Also, never ever allow anyone to make you feel unworthy of a seat at the table … your voice matters!
4. What is one thing you wish you knew as a young woman?
I wish I knew that being respected was more important than being liked.
5. What’s one thing everyone should remember when it comes to female leadership, not just in March?
Female leadership has a special way of highlighting the power of empathy, vulnerability, and authenticity when it comes to how people show up for work. More than that, it shapes an environment that gives room for a humanness that fosters more open dialogue, enhanced connectivity to purpose, better teamwork, and emotional resilience. Moreover, visibility of female leaders is critical to ensure future generations understand the art of the possible.