International Women’s Day is upon us, so pause your Friday, high-five the lady closest to you & kick-start your weekend with a Grace and Frankie marathon (Notorious RBG tee on, glass of wine in hand, face mask on standby).
It’s been a HISTORIC year for women. A record number of women were elected to office in November, The Women’s March took to the streets for the 3rd time, the Me Too movement went global, Lady Gaga is officially a Tony away from winning an EGOT & Cardi B was the first ever solo female artist to win Best Rap Album at the Grammys. We could go on & on & on…
And there’s you (yes, you)—is there anything you can’t do? Raise your hand if you juggle some pretty Wonder-Woman-type stuff. So in the spirit of celebrating sheroes everywhere, we caught up with some of the female powerhouses at Macy’s.
Q:Best advice you’ve ever received?
“Sometimes you have to surrender to your situation. It is not the same as giving up.” My mom said that to me on the phone the autumn after I graduated from college and was struggling in more ways than one. I was living in a third-floor walk-up with four other people who didn’t get along, working in a bar & taking bad freelance writing/editing gigs. Then I broke my ankle in three places & quite literally could not stand on my own two feet for months, let alone use crutches in my narrow apartment. (The guys in the ER said it was one of the worst breaks they had ever seen.) My parents flew across the country, packed me up & moved me home to heal.
Chelsea Van Bloom, Copy Editor
Q:What do you do when you fail?
Big, huge (fake) smile till I’m alone. Then I let myself ugly cry,
binge snack on my favorite foods, #treatmyself. I allow myself a time to wallow, then I use my anger/disappointment/frustration to get my sh*t together & move past it. Eventually, any & every failure has turned into a lesson, even if it comes much, much later.
Nicole McGovern, Copywriter
Q:How often do you reach out to other women for support?
I’m very grateful for the circle of amazing women around me & I reach out to them almost daily. We have virtual circles where we share our lives & resources with each other. We also support each other during challenging times. We have video calls where we all get together & chat either in groups or just 1 on 1. These types of circles are becoming more common now thanks to the Internet.
Linette Mattei, Senior Designer
Q:Q: What qualities does an effective female leader have?
A combination of kick ass & kindness!
Tracy Brennan, Creative Director
Q:How do you balance your work life with your family and social life?
I work full-time during the week, so our weekends are usually jam-packed with activities either as a family or individually. My biggest thing is trying to stay in the moment and fully enjoy it—whether it’s my son’s swim class, going out for drinks or date night with my husband. Every minute counts. Of course, there are some weekends where we do nothing but lounge about in the house all day—but even then, it’s spending time with each other that matters.
Syden Abrenica, Copywriter
Q:How do you celebrate big wins?
I share my wins with my children, my husband & my close girlfriends (usually over dessert).
Deepa Das, Senior Copywriter
Q:What’s your outfit go-to, that one piece that makes you feel empowered?
For me, it’s all in the shoes—and that goes for both heels & sneakers.
Kimberly La Spada, Creative Director of Copy
Q:Which woman in your family really inspires you?
My mom has always been & always will be the example I have of strength, resilience & compassion. I was always empowered by her, even when I was little, to always do my best. Any success big or small, I attribute it to her encouragement, even today. She also always thinks of others. Her mind is always thinking of what she can do & how she can help someone else. She has this way of connecting with people everywhere she goes & I always try to channel her.
Katie Kent, Senior Social Media Manager
And if you’re looking to celebrate yourself today, we say do it & shop to it below.