By Heathre Moler, Vice President Human Resources, ChemTreat
Feminism isn't about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength. G.D. Anderson
Since 1987, the month of March is a time when the United States celebrates Women’s History Month, reflecting upon and honoring the extraordinary achievements of American women. Most women have their own interpretation of what the month means to them, but many believe it is a month designated to promote the importance of gender equality across the nation. For me personally, this month is an important reminder that women serve as role models for young girls, showing them all that they can be, whether that is an extraordinary athlete, a successful business woman, an inspirational leader, a superior homemaker, or savvy politician; anything is possible and potential is not gender dependent.
This was never more apparent to me until I became Auntie to my nephew, Bobby, and my niece, Brooklyn. Many may wonder why I mention my nephew as personal motivation during Women’s History Month. It is my core belief that unless everyone – not ONLY girls and women – joins in the conversation and education, no real change can happen. I feel lucky to have the opportunity, as an Auntie to both a young boy and a young girl, to be a role model for chasing and achieving dreams, regardless of gender. I’m also thankful that through my work, I have the amazing opportunity to collaborate with professionals each day and as I influence programs for professional development and achieving individual aspirations as a human resources leader at ChemTreat.
In my role, one of my core responsibilities is to be laser- focused on the development of our associates through leadership development programs and processes. This critical effort not only helps us remain competitive as a business, but also provides opportunities for individuals to grow their careers. It is not lost on me that I need to lead by example because I am in a position to inspire professional women who aspire to be in a leadership role someday. In addition, I recently accepted the role of Co-Chair of Danaher’s Women + Friend Associate Resource Group. My hope and motivation is that together, we foster and sustain an environment where women can be their authentic selves every single day and reach their professional goals without boundaries. To achieve this, it’s just as important that we spend time educating our male counterparts as it is to afford women opportunities to grow.
Through collaboration, innovation and education, we have this amazing capability and responsibility to shape the futures of women and foster their professional growth. I am so proud to be a part of Danaher’s exciting journey.
A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men. Gloria Steinem