International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th (in some countries it is a national holiday although not in the US or Mexico), is a great opportunity to reflect on the challenges that women face and many ways we overcome them to achieve happiness, success and freedom.
When I think of women who embody the ability to overcome adversity, I think of the indigenous Zapotec women who live in rural Oaxaca.
Women in Mexico carry much of the responsibility for the health and wellbeing of their families, and now, more than ever, their economic stability as well. In my personal experience working with women in Oaxaca, I noticed that many had jobs that never truly end, such as the day-long task of preparing and selling tamales or running a shop that never closed. Added to that, they care for their children and complete all of the domestic duties as well.
A study by the Mexican Public Health authority, which examines that way Mexican women respond to these challenges, noted:
“However, despite, or perhaps as a result of, the many social challenges faced daily, Mexican women appear to demonstrate personal strength and resilience.”
And they do, display an impressive grace and strength on a daily basis. By running businesses and households, they are constantly striving to improve the lives of their families.
There are so many ways that women are carving out their niche in predominantly male areas the world over.
According to CNBC, the small-business gender gap is closing as female entrepreneurs continue to launch businesses at nearly twice the rate of men. The Guardian Small Business Research Institute projects that women-owned businesses will create 5 million new jobs by 2018, about one-third of the 15.3 million total new jobs anticipated by the Department of Labor.
I am so proud to join a business that is run almost completely but women (excepting our amazing Production Manager Paco). While the working with women is empowering, I am mostly proud to be working with a company that positively effects the lives of many families in Oaxaca. It is wonderful to know that by offering a fair price and creating a larger market for their incredible textiles, we are improving the wellbeing of our weavers and their families.
We are taking the opportunity to celebrate women (mujeres) everywhere by offering a 15% discount on ALL PRODUCTS ON OUR WEBSITE through Monday, March, 10th.
ENTER COUPON CODE: mujer
… at checkout to retrieve the discount!