It is common knowledge that women have an uphill battle when it comes to advancing in their careers. According to the largest comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America, Women in the Work Place 2018 by Lean In Org., for the last four years, companies have reported that they are highly committed to gender diversity. But that commitment has not translated into meaningful progress.
We are proud to be a resident of the beautiful state of California, the first state to require women on corporate boards. The law requires that California-based companies appoint at least one woman to their board of directors by 2019, and at least one to three by 2021, depending on the size of the firm. The bill also allows California’s Secretary of State to fine violators $100,000 for the first offense. But you don’t have to be the state Governor to make a difference, the change starts with us as individuals.
In the pursuit to support and become an ally to other women, Cassandra S. Michel has founded the women owned and operated mobile notary company, Little Miss Notary. After she started the company she became pleasantly surprised and honored when other women got wind of the Little Miss Notary initiative and offered to help bring recognition to the mobile notary business by purchasing one of the Little Miss Notary mugs and posting a “selfie” with it on their Instagram accounts. In return the Ms. Michel shares that image on the Little Miss Notary Instagram account stating their name and their business. This allows the mug purchaser’s connections to find Little Miss Notary and vice versa.
It is in our nature to nurture and nurturing relationships is a two way street, it is the purest form or reciprocity. It is imperative for us as women to support each other in order to achieve equal rights and achieve our optimal level of success. Beautifully put by Ryunosuke Satoro, “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”