With Women's History Month underway, we've been reflecting on what this month means to us. From the TTM team in their own words, a few thoughts on the power of supporting women, and why the women in our lives inspire us...
"I continue to be deeply inspired by my mom (mama!). She is incredibly smart, kind, accomplished, and - most notably - has an incredible sense of humor. She is unabashedly herself and taught me and my sister to always be our authentic selves."
"My mom, Jeannine, is one of the kindest, most thoughtful, selfless, and generous mothers in the world. With age, the gift of having her as my mother has evolved to the gift of getting to know other parts of her, getting to appreciate and marvel at the powerful woman she is.
She's a loyal friend, fierce advocate for justice... as well as the healing powers of Italian food, believer in humanity, natural born adventurer, lover and appreciator of beautiful words, champion for women's rights, a dreamer, and one of the strongest people I know. My admiration of her is never ending."
"The person who has inspired me the most throughout my life is my mother. She instilled the values of integrity and trust in me at a very young age. She's my best friend and always believes in me and my abilities. It's hard to put into words how she has impacted my life."
"Alison Schnipper is a lifelong friend of mine who recently passed from Leukemia complications. While her battle is over the lessons she taught me and everyone in her life will continue to live on. Through a number of diagnoses, complications, and physical challenges I can't count on my fingers and toes her power of self and positivity never wavered. It inspires me everyday to be a force of good for everyone I meet and to (try) and not sweat the small stuff through all of the curve balls life throws."
My goddaughter and niece, Juliette, is my biggest inspiration. She reminds me everyday that everything we work towards, strive for, and achieve today is creating a better tomorrow for her future."
"I admire the female nominees and victors of the recent Golden Globes ceremony. I'm inspired by female storytellers - in film, in literature, in song and in fashion. Throughout history, the female voice and perspective has been subverted. The more we can share and celebrate women creating, innovating and succeeding, the more that other women and girls can be inspired to rise up."
"I wanted to share how inspired I am by my teammates at TTM! Everyone on our team is so accomplished, and focused in their efforts to empower other women, both within our organization, and through our business model which supports ethical makers around the world. I’m grateful to be a part of this team that works around the clock to create a new approach to retail manufacturing."
"My mother has been a vital piece of my puzzle. Without my mom, I can confidently say that I wouldn't be sitting where I am today. She has nurtured all of my strengths, and supported me when I needed it most. The sky's the limit, thanks to my mom. She is resilient, kind, and tenacious, and I am beyond grateful to be her (only!) daughter."
"From a young age, my mom has always told me I could do anything I put my mind to. It sounds cliché, but the more she said it, the more I believed her. As a woman, sometimes we struggle with feeling like we’re not good enough. Oftentimes just a simple reminder from another woman who you look up to can make a huge difference in the way you perceive yourself and in turn, project yourself to the world."
"This International Women's Day, I'm thinking about this Serena Williams quote: 'Every woman's success should be an inspiration to another. We're strongest when we cheer each other on.'"
"As we approach International Women's Day and begin Women's History Month this March, I am reflecting on so many women in my life that helped shape me, support me and that held doors open for me and so many others along this journey. My grandmother, my mom, my daughter, my friends, so many strong, courageous women and girls who have inspired me.
My favorite quote is one by Maya Angelou: 'People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.'
As I think about the women in my life now, or at any point along the way, it's how they made me feel that matters.
Celebrating International Women's Day this year is all about #ChooseToChallenge. I am grateful every day for the women in my life that help make me better, challenge me to think differently and hold me accountable for ensuring I fight for a more inclusive world." - Cindy
Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them!