Heather Mallick is the Founder and CEO of Women’s Conference, and the Leadership Chair of the Trump U Women’s Initiative. She is also the National Board President of the National Organization for Women.
It is a fact, I know this intuitively. All too often, we are berated, bullied and told that we are “perverts” for being who we are. In truth, we are an important segment of the American electorate, we are intelligent and successful people who actually do care about the future of our nation and our world. I want to mention two recent notable examples that demonstrate why our nation is doing well and why it will continue to do so in the future.
Every woman who works hard, plays by the rules and follows the rules, builds a business that is successful and provides opportunities to other women like them. That is what it means to be a woman.
Let’s use women as an example to make the following point: A business is the foundation of any economy. Whether the business is a small rural inn or a global conglomerate, it all starts with a business.
A woman-owned business, a woman-run business, a business run by women is always more likely to create jobs. What this really means is that a woman-owned business employs other women.
For women in the business world, we are often called “bossy” and “bossy little girls” for wanting to make sure that others are treated fairly, or simply for speaking up when we have a concern. But this is exactly what it means to be a woman.
In my view, it is an incredible accomplishment when women take what we have learned in our education, apply it and become leaders who are successful and contributing to the business world. It is an essential part of being a woman.
I am also a mom and, like so many, I am constantly balancing work and family.
No matter how difficult it is, it is so important to remember that it’s hard to be a “woman” in this day and age and so let us have the respect and humility that we deserve.
America has an amazing and diverse workforce. There are women leaders in every line of work across the globe. For women, their greatest potential will only be realized if we surround ourselves with other women who also do extraordinary things. We can teach each other how to succeed at the highest levels.
Here are some things for you to ponder and consider.
There are women running out front and risk-taking to change the world.
There are women like 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who are the embodiment of what today’s America looks like.
Many of the most high-profile and well-respected CEOs in the world are women. There are also women who are wildly successful but walk a delicate balance between work and family as well as every working mother in America.
All of us, both men and women, deserve the same respect and dignity.
What motivates me is seeing the success of the women in my life. My husband is a remarkable man. They are both raising their children with a focused, purposeful and loving mentality.
My sister’s an attorney and realtor who is highly visible and successful. She drives a car that the average woman does not drive. Yet, she does her job with grace, intelligence and a zest for the business that I admire and want to emulate.
My children – 9, 5 and 4 years old – still pray to their grandma with incredible respect for her.
The list goes on, I could go on for pages, yet I think that when we see these women – women in power and accomplishment – it makes a powerful statement that Americans value women and value equal rights for all and that women have done this work, and will continue to do it, whether men love it or not.
The Women’s Initiative is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization to establish a new and improved model of corporate education.