International Women’s Day
Recognizing Women Who Inspire
Mar 08, 2018
On International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating women who have broken boundaries and created positive change. Today, we’re recognizing some role models who have made meaningful contributions to the world around them. We asked our employees who inspires them, and here’s what The A-Team had to say.
Women Who Inspire Us
- Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO at SpaceX: “Because she’s achieved this position in a male-dominated industry, she is a great role model for women in STEM. She has been critical in planning their rocket launches and leading the way in space innovation.”
- Bozoma St. John, Chief Brand Officer at Uber “She’s a driving force behind Uber’s effort to turn around their culture and increase diversity within the company.”
- Brianna Wu, cofounder of Giant Spacekat: “Brianna initially gained a lot of unwanted attention due to Gamergate. I admire that she is an activist pushing for inclusiveness. She’s helping to redefine what a stereotypical gamer looks like. And, she runs her own software company and hosts a great podcast too!
- Emma Gonzalez, Activist: “Emma is one of the survivors of the Parkland School shooting. Because she is a powerful voice calling for change right now, she is my hero. As far as I’m concerned, she’s the future face of America.”
- Carrie Fisher, Actress/Author: “I looked up to Princess Leia as a kid. Later, I grew to love Carrie Fisher too. I admire her candor, her willingness to own up to her mistakes and her determination. Though she stumbled along the way, she shared her mistakes so that others could learn from her.”
- Linda Harwell, Musician: “One of the most influential women in my life was Linda Harwell. Linda was my teacher and the assistant principal bassoonist of the National Symphony in DC. As an out gay woman who started her career in the 1970s, she succeeded despite a rampant and resistant old boys network. From her, I learned meaningful lessons about how to be a great musician, and how to be a kinder, more fearless human being.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt, Diplomat/Activist: “She was outspoken, and ahead of her time through her active participation in politics and humanitarian work. Thus, Ms. Roosevelt redefined what it means to be the first lady.”
- Misty Copeland, Principal Dancer: “Misty broke barriers by becoming the American Ballet Theatre’s first African American principal dancer. Since she didn’t even start dancing until age 13, her accomplishments are even more impressive.”
- Gretchen LeGrand, Executive Director of Code In The Schools: “Gretchen is doing great things for STEM education in underserved areas. Due to her non-profit’s programs, thousands of kids in Baltimore City have more access to computer science education.”
- Eva St. Clair, cofounder of Princess Awesome: “Eva is a local entrepreneur who started a business creating empowering, stereotype-busting, STEM-based clothing for girls. She did this all while raising 4 kids of her own.”
- Linda Greenlaw, Author/Swordfishing Boat Captain: “Linda is the real-life captain of the boat featured in The Perfect Storm. She was the first woman to become a swordfishing boat captain on the East Coast. Plus, her writing is fascinating!”
- Connie Heier, Small Business Owner: “My mom became a CPA, CFP, and a small business leader in an industry historically dominated by men. Connie is a support beacon in the local community. Also, she continues to support women in her industry by leading focus groups for up-and-coming female financial professionals.”
- Michelle Obama, Lawyer/Writer: “I admire her confidence, willingness to speak her mind, intelligence, and great sense of humor. As First Lady, she led by example and her speeches were truly inspiring.”
A Big Thanks
Here’s to the women who have shaped and influenced us. And, we’re saying a heartfelt thank you to the women who power The A-Team. We support you and couldn’t do it without you. That’s why we’re committed to equal pay and a fostering an inclusive work environment. We also support STEM education programs so that the next generation of girls can have access and exposure to female role models in technology. After all, “You can’t be what you can’t see.”
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