International Women’s Day means to me that as women we are here to make a presence and we should be celebrated. We are here to encourage and motivate all women. It gives me confidence that my daughters are growing in a world which will consider them for their character and capabilities. It also means we have an equal voice in the workplace and not judged by our race. As women we are strong.
Women have not always been a welcome part the work force. The funeral industry was very much a male-dominated industry when I started out 14 years ago. To see how far we as women funeral directors have come in this business is amazing. In my opinion, women are natural-born caretakers. It’s second nature for us to be compassionate and empathetic, qualities that are definitely needed in order to be successful in this field.
International Women’s Day is a moment to reflect on how far we have come and set the target for where we still need to go. There is much to be applauded, but still much more work to be done. I am grateful to work in an industry where that progress is being made, at a firm where women have always had a place at the decision-making table.
To quote G.D. Anderson, “Feminism isn't about making womenstronger. Women are already strong, it's about changing the way the worldperceives that strength."
I think the funeral industry is finally noticing ourstrength, as many other professions are. It’s my hope that we all continue towork towards universal equality among all human beings.
My grandmother always told me it was a man’s world when I was little. When I started in cosmetics at 19 year old all the reps were men. I worked my way through the Cosmetic industry and in the end, I was Vice President of the Central US and Canada for Laura MERCIER cosmetics. I think my grandmother would be so proud.
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on how we can pay it forward to ensure gender equality.
As the first female preneed manager for Atlantic Coast Life Insurance, which was founded in 1925, I look forward to building a path for women in my industry and serve as a role model for girls in future generations.
I am lucky to be able to work with this fine group who help serve the greater New Orleans community. We offer a caring and compassionate perspective to the decision-making process that affects people in a very personal way.
Susan Schoen Holmes
Women have always played a vital role in the family business. They were definitely roles models for me.
I am so proud that the company that my ancestors founded has grown to include so many women in this formerly male dominated industry. There have been many changes over the years but the increased inclusion of women in so many areas is the greatest.