Celebrating Herstory is a Win for Everyone!

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In this blog, we will be highlighting some recent wins by women as well as shine a light on some women from the past you may not have heard about before. 

At Motivation Excellence we have a lot to celebrate when it comes to women. Nearly 75% of our entire team is female, including 83% of our salespeople and half of our top leadership positions. The latter is by design too.  

“When I bought the company in 2018, I made it a priority to make sure we had women in leadership roles after decades of having a vast majority male leadership team. Most of our staff has been women for a long time, they should be represented at the top levels too,” says Owner and President of Motivation Excellence, David Jobes. 

He adds, “The key to having a successful business is to have good representation of the industry you’re in. Adding diversity of thinking to your leadership team filters down through the organization. By developing a diverse team, it allows you to explore options and generate new ideas that differentiate you in the marketplace and create opportunities for everyone.”

Great for Business

Jobes is not alone in seeing positive results with women in leadership positions.

According to an article published by the American Psychological Association, there are decades of research that show women leaders improve productivity, collaboration and fairness. The Peterson Institute for Professional Economics published a study nearly ten years ago that women in corporate leadership roles can significantly increase profitability. 

Speaking of profitable women, let’s look at the blockbuster hit of last year. The “Barbie” movie was the highest grossing film of 2023 IN THE WORLD, and is the most successful domestic and global release by Warner Bros. ever. Greta Gerwig became the first solo woman director to hit the $1 billion dollar movie mark. And to really shine a light on Gerwig, she is the first director ever (male or female) to have her first three solo directorial films be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar (Lady Bird, Little Women, Barbie). 

Music to the Ears

While “Barbie” only won one Oscar this month, it was for best song, making Billie Eilish the youngest person ever to win two Oscars. She’s 22. She took over the record from another woman though. Luise Rainer had two Best Actress Oscars at the age of 28 back in 1938. 

Earlier this year, another female musician, Taylor Swift broke Elvis Presley’s record for most weeks spent at Number 1 on the Billboard album chart as a solo artist. The new length of time to beat is now 68 weeks! Fellow mega-popstar, Beyonce, holds the record for most Grammys won in a lifetime at 32 golden gramophones. Both women hold multiple other top achievements too. It’s estimated both singers have contributed $10 billion dollars to the US economy in 2023!

Sports Stars

Moving over to recent sports feats, Caitlin Clark has broken some long-held records by women and men in NCAA sports, fittingly during Women’s History Month. She now has set the Division 1 records for most 3-pointers in a season and most points scored in a college career. Both of which were previously held by men. Outside of NCAA history, another woman, Pearl Moore, still holds the most points scored record for college basketball. Although unlikely, Clark could claim that one too. Either way – go women!

Staying in the sports realm, Katie Ledecky now has more individual world swimming titles than Michael Phelps, who was the world record holder. Interestingly, in long-distance open water swimming, women tend to have a slight advantage over men. The nearly 20-mile Catalina Channel route is one of the most consistently popular marathon swims in the world. The first person to swim both ways in one jaunt was a woman, Greta Andersen, in 1958. The fastest one-way times are held by women. In 1976, Penny Lee Dean swam from the mainland to Catalina Island in 7 hours and 15 minutes. In 2012, Grace van der Byl set the record for the reverse swim at 7 hours and 27 minutes. 

Celebrate and Elevate

March may be Women’s History Month, but women make history every month of the year. Take a moment after you’ve read this blog, whether it’s March or not, and reach out to an important woman in your life and let her know you “see” her and how she’s impacted you. Be the person who lifts up women at work and in your personal life. As a woman, be an example for other women, no matter their age. When we consistently celebrate women’s successes, we pave the way for a brighter future for everyone!

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