What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

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Today is International Women’s Day 2021, a date that feels especially significant in light of recent
news that COVID-19 has pushed women back decades.
The official IWD website reads, “International Women’s Day is a day of global celebration and a
demand for gender equity.” ‘International Women’s Day is about solidarity, celebration,
contemplation, advocacy, and action — whatever that means internationally and locally.’ But one
thing is certain: International Women’s Day has been observed for more than a century, and it
continues to grow in popularity.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked Medstates female employees of all backgrounds,
ethnicities and ages to tell us what the day really means to them:

DR KIRAN YADAV

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Medstates Healthcare

  1. Why do you think it’s important to celebrate International Women’s Day? 

It is a day to celebrate the social, economic, political, and cultural achievements made by women. This global awareness is about creating unity, advocacy, and empowerment for women.
It is the collective strength and boldness of women at the turn of the 20th century simply wanting to improve their lives and the lives of other women
 

  1. Who is a female leader or mentor who inspired you and why?

Kiran Bedi
She is clear and firm; her courage and achievements significantly influence the women of all generations in India. Her work & speeches have inspired women to raise their voices against injustice and work hard for a good life.
 

  1. What are the attributes that you think have helped you succeed in your career?

Be your own evaluator,
Don’t compare with other
Mantra- I have to do better than yesterday
Keep moving forward
 

  1. What is the most helpful career advice you received?

When my kids were small, and I was struggling between job, children and house, then one of my senior advised- this time will soon pass, your children will grow up fast, they will see you as inspiration and will admire you and your hard work  and will slowly turn out  more hardworking just like you. During these days, its important to take care of yourself, have some me time and take care of your health so that you are able to manage all these things without getting tired.
 

  1. Any advice you would give young women who are just starting their career?

Have faith in yourself, be determined, have a plan in mind , be pro-active, be consistent towards your goal, Don’t  be disheartened if you don’t see positive result in ,maybe few years, but today or tomorrow you will surely succeed. Hard work never goes waste.

NIDHI SHARMA

Director, Digital Marketing
Medstates Healthcare

  1. Why do you think it’s important to celebrate International Women’s Day? 
    International Women’s Day holds a particular place in my heart since it was it that encouraged me to
    be who I am today. Reading about all of the amazing women out there and their successes,
    particularly in STEM, reminded me of one of the most essential lessons I’ve learned in my life: I
    needed to stop trying to fit in and start speaking out for myself. Hearing the amazing experiences of
    women all across the world has inspired the truly authentic me to have so much more fun and
    achieve so much more than I ever imagined possible!
  2. Who is a female leader or mentor who inspired you and why?
    “Jacinda Ardern” is the name of the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
    She epitomises the term “women’s empowerment.” She has demonstrated that being in a
    relationship and having a child would not prevent you from pursuing your dreams if you are
    motivated.

A few observations on her

  • She is New Zealand’s youngest prime minister (age 38), having been persuaded to enter

politics by her aunt Marie Ardern. She began her political career while still in high school.

  • She has been a strong supporter of New Zealand’s LGBT community.
  • She worked in a soup kitchen in New York and as a policy advisor in the United Kingdom.
  • After Benazir Bhutto, she is the second leader to give birth to a child while in office (as Prime
  • Minister). She breastfeeds her daughter Neve until she is six years old.
  1. What are the attributes that you think have helped you succeed in your career?
  • Curious Mind.
  • Influencing Skills. …
  • Courage & Confidence. …
  • Results-driven.
  • Teamwork. …
  • Initiative. …
  • Analytical, quantitative. …
  • Professionalism, work ethic. …
  • Leadership. …
  • Detail oriented.
  1. What is the most helpful career advice you received?
  • Never Stop Learning. …
  • Work On Goals. …
  • Be Organized. …
  • Be A Team Player. …
  • Value Your Network. …
  • Value Your Health. …
  • Focus On Results. …
  • Speak Up.
  1. Any advice you would give young women who are just starting their career?
  • Use your voice — don’t expect your work to speak for itself.
  • Take credit and accept praise.
  • Use powerful language. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.
  • Be eager to learn, but don’t be a pushover.
  • Be independent and a team player at the same time.

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