International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day and this quote always reminds me about all of the phenomenal {badass} women in my life!

The 2016 theme for the annual International Women's Day is Pledge for Parity.

When you post today about IWD, use this: #pledgeforparity

On this day we celebrate the many achievements of women, yet let's also be aware progress has slowed in many places across the world. Urgent action is needed to accelerate gender parity. Leaders across the world are pledging to take action as champions of gender parity. Can you pledge to take action as well? Click here to find out more!

I want to take a moment to recognize all of the phenomenal women in my life...

My fellow badass Bennies! (This is 3 generations of Bennies - Go St. Ben's!)

My fellow designers, mentors and friends!

My amazing team - I couldn't do what I do without you.

My mom...the ultimate phenomenal woman. 

This is a link to an article featuring phenomenal women who are trailblazers in life...

{Here's a quick snippet from the article...}

It’s an exciting time to be a woman in the world. So many of our favorite female leaders are standing up and speaking out to help women regain their power and to educate and inspire them to achieve personal success and officially bridge the gender gap. But despite their efforts, women are still underrepresented in STEM fields, tech, politics, film, and more. America now ranks 98th in the world for percentage of women in its national legislature, down from 59th in 1998. According to a recent University of Southern California report, from 2007 to 2014, women made up only 30.2% of all speaking and named characters in the 100 top-grossing fictional films distributed in the United States—and only 19.9% of female characters were aged 40 to 64, and 1.9% of the movies were directed by women. To help change this, we looked to some of our inspirational sisters for their quotes on summoning your inner ambition. 

One of the women they mentioned in the article is Cheryl Strayed (Author of the fab book Wild) who inspired one of my very own dear friends to take on her own "wild" adventure and then inspired ME to make an amazing jewelry here to learn more about her and the piece...

Happy International Woman's Day my friends - Celebrate not just today, but EVERY day!