Women sure have come a long way. And although we’ve made some pretty major strides over the years, we still have quite a long way to go. I love how easily we can band together in order to support each other, rather than trying to tear each other down. That’s why community is so darn important, my friends. It’s our duty to help each other out, but sometimes we just don’t know how to do it.
Growing up, I was raised by some incredibly strong and resilient women. Both of my grandmothers worked while they raised their children, when many did not back then. And my mother raised me on her own from age 23, with very little to no money, all while finishing school and trying to keep a full-time job. I can clearly recall not having much food to eat or even a place to live at times, so we would need to stay with family – like my incredible grandmothers. But not once did I ever feel like things weren’t going to be okay, even if that was just my mother doing a great job of hiding her many struggles from me. She’s hands-down the strongest and best person I know.
Every single woman in my life shaped who I am today and are absolutely the reason why I have always felt like I could achieve anything that I put my mind to, confidently. And because of them, I always want to make sure that I give back – or pay it forward, so to speak.
With International Women’s Day just around the corner on March 8th, Dress For Success is launching a campaign aimed at empowering women to achieve economic independence, by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools needed in order to thrive in work. “Your Hour, Her Power” invites Canadians to donate one hour of their pay so that they can take part in truly changing a women’s life.
I urge you to put your money where your mouth is, in order to challenge yourself and the other women in your life to find out what one hour of pay could actually do. Donating is so much more than just a gift, it’s an investment in our future and in our economy. Since 2009, Dress For Success Toronto has helped over 10,000 women in the GTA transform from unemployment to economic independence.
There are many ways to give back, including by donating an hour of your pay, by becoming a corporate partner, or even hosting your own fundraising event. Head on over to yourhourherpower.org to find out how you can donate. Together, we can change the lives and futures of women all around the world: one hour at a time.
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