How Women's History Month Inspires Maria
Since 2020, Maria Flores has been a Life Skills Educator at Association House. The way she cares for participants is obvious through the joy she brings to work everyday. To celebrate Women's History Month, Maria spoke to us about how women's history inspires her.
What does Women's History Month mean to you and how do you plan to observe it?
Women's History Month is an important recognition of the contributions, struggles, and achievements of women throughout history. It is a time to reflect on the progress that has been made in advancing women's rights and gender equality, as well as the work that still needs to be done. I plan to observe women's history month by celebrating all the women in my life, acknowledging and appreciating the women in my life who have made a difference. I also plan to support women-owned businesses!
What woman has influenced you the most in your life/career?
There have been many remarkable women who have influenced me throughout my life and career, and it's hard to pick just one. However, if I had to choose, I would say that my grandmother has had the most significant impact on me. Her dedication, intelligence, and perseverance have been a constant source of inspiration for me, and I'm grateful for the positive impact she has had on my life.
Why do we need more women in leadership?
There are several reasons why having more women in leadership positions is important.
1. Promotes diversity and inclusivity: When women are included in leadership roles, it brings diversity of thought, perspective, and experience to decision-making processes, which can lead to better outcomes.
2. Provides role models for younger generations: Women leaders serve as role models for girls and young women, encouraging them to pursue leadership positions and showing them what is possible.
3. Addresses gender bias: Having more women in leadership can help to address unconscious biases and stereotypes that exist about women in leadership roles.
4. Creates a more equitable society: Promoting women's leadership opportunities helps to create a more equitable society by breaking down systemic barriers and providing equal opportunities for all individuals regardless of gender.
Overall, having more women in leadership positions is not only beneficial for women themselves but also for organizations and society as a whole.
What female historical figure inspires you to be a leader?
Frida Kahlo's artistic contributions, political activism, and personal story have made her a highly respected and influential historical figure, particularly for women and artists around the world.