Celebrate International Women’s Day. And then Keep Going.

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If nothing else, the past few years have taught us this: It’s International Women’s Day 2021 — and we still have a lot of work to do to achieve equality for women in our country.

An ERA demonstration in Florida circa 1979. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Only last year in 2020 did Virginia become the 38th state to ratify the long-contested Equal Rights Amendment (the ERA). The ERA is an addition to the US Constitution that would prohibit discrimination based on sex.

Only last year did we elect our first woman Vice President — a leadership position higher than any woman ever before her. Yet, while we celebrated this incredible achievement, we wonder — why is this incredible at all? Should it not be the norm?

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: Kamala Harris is sworn as U.S. Vice President by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff looks on at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

And, as we watched Vice President Kamala Harris step up on this platform, the women on the ground around us took significant steps down. Women’s progress in the workplace rolled back with alarming speed. Because when the chips fell and families were forced to make tough choices due to COVID, the women were the ones who took a step back. They left their jobs (that still paid less than men’s roles), cut their time down, or put aside their fledgling businesses to care for their families.

Let us be clear. 

We are thankful for the women who helped us get where we are today. Our ancestors fought for our right to speak up with a vote. For protecting our bodies, for using our brains and creativity in new ways, for exploring the world’s possibilities.

We are thankful for the groups of women and advocacy coalitions who remind us every day the importance and power of #womensupportingwomen

And yet. We have a lot to do so all the work doesn’t go to waste. We must keep moving so that when a woman steps into power, it’s considered part of the norm. So that working mothers aren’t the ones who step down in their careers by default. 

For our part at Rowan Tree, we are committing to supporting women business owners. We are fighting on behalf of minority groups to achieve equity. We are fostering collaboration and learning opportunities, because we all know that we are #strongertogether

Members of Rowan Tree participating and supporting each other
The heart of Rowan Tree is rooted in #womensupportingwomen and #collaborationovercompetition.

To all those women out there who are working your tails off, who give without thought, who care for children, parents, and friends, who fight even on the smallest level to pave the way for our daughters:

We see you. We are with you. 

Happy International Women’s Day.

Let’s celebrate each other and the phenomenal women we are. And then let’s keep going. 

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