It's easy to acknowledge the accomplishments of people who are in the spotlight. I mean, when you see people like Oprah, Sheryl Sandberg or Marissa Mayer it's hard to disagree that they've made it. They are some of the richest women in the world. They've come from a variety of backgrounds and have broken all types of glass, brick and concrete ceilings. And, for that, they should be celebrated.
But not all superheroes wear capes, drive Bentley's or make red carpet appearances. In fact, most female superheroes (I'd say 99.9999%) look just like you (or your wife, or your sister, or your mother). They eat, sleep and put their pants (or skirts or dresses) on one leg at a time. They come from modest backgrounds, went to public schools, run meetings, build stuff, create things, order takeout, participate in the PTA, homeschool, have good days and bad. Some of them are married with children and some are not.
The point is, there are real-life superheroes all around you. They may be a little harder to spot - for example, they aren't carrying a Louis Vuitton purse, on the cover of a flashy magazine or Forbes' "richest" people in the world list - but they do exist, and they're killing it.
Today is Women Entrepreneurship Day. A day for people to stop and acknowledge the incredible contribution women are making in their communities, families, and the world. It's a time to honor that 99.9999%. The women who are striving to have it all, do it all and be it all while maintaining a sense of self and stability.
These superheroes run households, are breaking stereotypes and own 30% of all businesses in the United States, according to an American Express study. So, today, I challenge you to think outside the box by acknowledging the superheroes you know.
Here are a few of ours.
Happy Women's Entrepreneurship Day to the ladies mentioned here and all the other superheroes around the world!