To celebrate and honor Women's History Month 2018, we asked some of our staff to choose a woman in history that inspires them! Here is what they had to say...
Jana - Co-owner & Co-founder
"At an early age I was fascinated with her courageous and adventurous spirit. Amelia Earhart inspired me to face challenges with confidence and do my very best!"
Jennifer - Co-owner & co-founder
"I have long admired Melinda Gates for her dedication to philanthropy work within the United States and around the world. Despite their vast personal wealth, Melinda works tirelessly to change lives as the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Much of Melinda’s focus centers around improving the life, health and education for women and children globally."
Jaci - Store Manager
"My choice is Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who defied threats of the Taliban to campaign for the right to education. Even though she knew her actions would result in her death, she survived a gunshot to the head by the Taliban, she charged on to advocate for young girls to be educated. Her courage and relentless conviction, in the face of extreme fear, is a true marvel to me."
Morgen - Creative Director
"I am inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, the Queen of Jazz! Not only did she have an incredibly accomplished career inspiring thousands of future musicians, she was also a racial activist, 'Civil Rights Crusader' and charity founder. She took what was hers and gave back to her community with mind, body and soul."
Anna Laura - Marketing Coordinator
"I am incredibly inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt. She revoluntionized the role of a First Lady and spoke out for causes she believed in. She stayed true to her convictions and was extremely goal oriented. She is an amazing example of what women are capable of. I love her quote: 'The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.'"
Wren - Sales Associate
"Princess Diana has remained in the hearts of people all over the world. With that, she has inspired me through all her humanitarian efforts while being on the throne. From breaking royal protocal to being the 'People's Princess,' she put people first and always expressed herself honestly and truly as every woman should."
Morgan - Customer Service
"Ruby Bridges was the first African-American child to integrate an all white southern elementary school in 1960. At only 6 years old, she showed true bravery and paved the way for continued civil rights activism. In 1999, she formed the Ruby Bridges Foundation to help seek an end to racism and prejudice. Ruby continues to be an admirable woman who inspires me to always have courage and to be kind."
James - Staff Accountant
"My historical figure is Sandra Day O'Connor. She became the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. Considered a Federalist, she served from 1981 to 2006. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009."
Megan - Staff Accountant
"Coco Chanel set an example that women were powerful too, and that started with an outfit that made her distinct. She knew what she could do for the world and she set out and did it. My favorite quote by her is: 'The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.'"
As an entire staff, we would like to thank all the women in our world today who continue to overcome odds, dream bigger than life and who make a way for themselves and for others. It is people like you who continue to change the world for the better and bring hope for the future.