International Women's Day
International Women's Day, globally celebrated on March 8th, is the opportunity to bring awareness to important women's equality issues, as well as empower women to pursue their passions and ambitions. We took this opportunity to interview some of our female jewelry designers, who we see as role models for creative entrepreneurs. See their advice and favorite quotes below:
Jaclyn from Anzie Jewelry
Pictured here with her mom, Anzie Stein, and sister, Jaclyn is the creative director of Anzie jewelry, a glamorous line that adds sparkle to daily life. Started as a family business, Anzie's line was built on a foundation of love, philanthropy, and making women feel empowered and confident.
We asked Jaclyn for her advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, and she shared this wisdom with us:
"My advice is this: when certain opportunities arise, don't be afraid to take a leap of faith, the worst that can happen is you lose and then you dust yourself off and start over again. If you believe that you are resilient then you wont be afraid to take risks that are worthwhile."
Melissa Joy Manning began her jewelry line to offer environmentally conscious women a new way to express personal style. "I decided to start my own business to live an authentic life guided by principle and creativity," Manning says of her line.
By pushing the boundaries of what's considered "precious," Manning is constantly re-defining and challenging our antiquated standards of beauty. On why she thinks celebrating International Women's Day is important, Manning says "This isn't our mother's fight. When women are judged by more than beauty, we will have gotten somewhere."
Manning's own female role models include:
Maya Angelou for wisdom, Maye West for humor & sexuality, Chelsea Clinton for intelligence, Jane Goodall for kindness and her mother for embodying all of these traits and more.
A strong believer in the fact that every woman has her own story to tell, Alex Woo designed her collection of personalized symbols to help women do just that.
Inspired by her mother, Woo says "s he wanted to be an artist and was discouraged from doing that, so she did just the opposite in raising me. She always cultivated and encouraged my love for the arts, and was a very strong force and influence on who I am today."
On why she thinks celebrating International Women's Day is important, Woo says "on this day, we all come together to voice and have our stories heard as one."
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