Juggling the demands of career, marriage and motherhood, I confess that this year I was not very focused on the fact that International Women’s Day was being celebrated on Sunday, March 8. Until an on-line article caught my eye, informing that for the first time ever, an all-female crew would be announcing and producing an NHL professional hockey game.
Coming from Canada, the country where hockey was born, I was immediately intrigued, and gratified as well. As the play-by-play announcer, Kathryn Tappen said “the women who are involved in this broadcast, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, are the best at what they do. These are women that have worked really hard to get where they are, and they deserve every opportunity to shine.” I couldn’t agree more.
Behind the scenes in any industry are so many women, working hard to get where they are, who may or may not ever feel the spotlight shine on them, but their contributions are no less important. On International Women’s Day it’s a wonderful day to pause and consider three important questions:
- What does your personal vision of success look like?
- How have you or can you achieve it?
- What challenges have you overcome that we all can learn from?
Then I ask that you take those answers and share them whenever and where ever you can — widely, within your circle, to colleagues, with a mentor, online, at a school or university, a professional group, or any place else that your personal play-by-play can inform, inspire, and help reach a hand to women everywhere. We can all skate to the puck, as they say in hockey, and with teamwork, score the communal goal of an equal world for women everywhere.