Designer Kendra Scott on International Women’s Day: Female Empowerment Is More Than a Day, It’s a Movement
March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day we acknowledge to honor and celebrate the women in our world today who are shattering glass ceilings, women of our past who have laid the groundwork for our own success, and women in our lives who empower and encourage us to be our best selves.
As a female founder, not a day goes by that I don’t look around at the brand and impact I have built, and think about the amazing support I received from women along the way, who believed in me over the last 20 years, inspired me, and equipped me with the tools I needed to make Kendra Scott what it is today. International Women’s Day is a day to stand together and celebrate the incredible impact women can have when we hold hands and support each other. But in our world today, there are still so many barriers that women face – whether cultural, financial or self-imposed. My mission as a woman, a founder, and an entrepreneur, is to break down those barriers and clear the path for other female leaders to follow – to empower women to achieve their dreams, whatever that may be, and pass on the wisdom I’ve learned through my own journey.
I like to say that 2020 gave us all clear vision, to see what truly mattered, to see the good and the bad. This month marks a year we’ve spent in this global pandemic, and as we take a moment to celebrate International Women’s Day, let us take a moment to acknowledge all we have overcome in the last 365 days. This year, we as women faced immense challenges, like disproportionate job loss (women accounted for 100% of job losses in December 2020, according to WWD). We faced the struggle of working from home while losing access to childcare and learning to homeschool their children. We battled mental health, whether for the first time or in new ways as our lives were turned upside down and our connection with our communities were cut off.