To me, International Women’s Day is about building on the foundations of the women who came before me to make the path that little bit easier for the women who’ll come after me. Without change, we can’t progress. And change takes so many different forms.
How can we—as a cohort of strong and ambitious business women—advance in our chosen fields if we continue to pull each other down? We are making our own lives harder, and setting bad examples for the business owners of the future; business owners of all genders. The small change I can make is to build relationships with these like-minded women and work together, support each other, help each other to do our very best.
Yes, even women in my same field – my “competitors”. I want them to succeed. I want to work with them, learn from them, share my knowledge with them, share in their successes and share my successes with them. In doing so we become a force to be reckoned with.
Since starting Glitterbomb Jewels in 2015, I have been lucky enough to meet and work with a number of amazing women. Some who run their businesses solo, and some who (like me) have a wonderful partner who supports them to achieve their goals.
I now call these women friends and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.
Specifically I’d like to mention my BlingBerra girls, Amanda from LLL Designs and Peta from Zoes Button Emporium. Peta and Amanda are Canberra-based and also make beautiful handmade jewellery, so could be considered my competitors. But as I’ve said before, we have become friends, providing each other encouragement, support and help.
The three of us joined forces to bring you BlingBerra in 2017, a lovely giftbox collaboration including handmade jewellery from each of us. Yep, three earring-makers, all based in the same town, often at the same markets, working together. We had such fun together, and will certainly keep working together to bring BlingBerra to more jewellery lovers.
Alison from Meeting Place and Fiona from The Markets Wanniassa are two more amazing, professional women who I have come to admire greatly. Both are inspirational women outright who are also passionate about supporting handmade Aussie businesses. Both of them have helped Glitterbomb grow and I can’t thank them enough for that.
#LadyBossesofCanberra right here, helping raise money for #multiplesclerosis treatment. These ladies are my inspiration! Thank you for sharing your awesomeness with me @meetingplaceact @zoesbutton_hq @themarketswanniassa @llldesigns! #squadgoals right here! . . . . #canberra #canberrabusiness #smallbusiness #smallbusinessowner #womeninbusiness #girlbossesau #girlboss #ladyboss #wearecbr #canberralocals #supportsmall #supportsmallbusiness #handmadebusiness #handmadeau #womenempowerment #womensupportingwomen #girlsquad #canberracommunity #canberramarkets #canberralife #canberramade
Over the years I have also come across a number of women who don’t seem to have the same beliefs and I do; who talk behind backs and see competition as a threat. I’m not interested in being part of that culture, that behavior stops at me.
So today, and every day, I will #PressForProgress by being positive and supportive of other women.
Because when women support other women, amazing things happen.