November 23, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang
Following the lead of Deborah Gillis in Canada, I asked colleagues in the United States what they are thankful for this year. Below are a few responses I thought worth sharing:
Sarah Dinolfo: I’m thankful for all the choices women have in the workplace today – there’s never been a better time to be a working woman!
Heather Foust-Cummings: I am thankful for organizations that “get it”—those who recognize that women, as outsiders, have different experiences than men, and that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to development and advancement. They embrace varying leadership styles, in the spirit of “multiple paths to the goal.”
Michael Chamberlain: I am thankful for my friends and family, who believe in me and what I am doing. Progress for women is progress for all. I’m thankful that others will come to know this.
Cheryl Yanek: This was a depressing one. I kept thinking, “Oh, we have less sexual harassment, we don’t have to wear makeup, we don’t have to wear short skirts, etc.,” but there are a lot of women who still face those things. So here’s what I’m thankful for: even though we have a long way to go until true equality, we’ve come so far.
Susan Nierenberg: I’m thankful that I work with superb colleagues on a vital cause. And that I was born into this era, in this country, where we can be comfortable with who we are, what we believe, what we want to do and (yes!) in what we wear!
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful that Congress stood up to the so-called “war against women”, and I’m thankful for my good health and ability to work in a mission-driven organization aligned with my passions and principles. I’m thankful for the hard work, creativity, and commitment that my colleagues show every day in all that they do to make the world a better place for women and their families, as well as for one another. I’m truly thankful for the companies and organizations that act to make workplaces more equal—they talk the talk and walk the walk.
And finally, I’m thankful to you—our Catalyzing readers! Since launching the blog in 2010, we’ve had more than 71,000 visits and have been listed among Forbes’ Top 100 Websites for Women two years in a row. I’m so grateful for this high level of engagement and recognition. Together, we are changing workplaces and lives.