Back in October, I got a wild hair (my hair is naturally pretty wild, anyway). I wanted to be purposeful in sharing positive content and find ways to elevate women. The #EverRiseWomen2019 campaign was launched to share powerful, diverse examples of women in the technical world. (The full story of how #EverRiseWomen2019 started can be found here) In November and December of 2019, EverRise shared the LinkedIn profiles of 61 women. I’m honored that these women are in my personal network and many of them are not just colleagues, they’re dear friends. I’m humbled by the work they’re doing. From shock physics and emerging infectious diseases to cementitious materials and data science, these women are tackling tough problems and working on fascinating topics.
What you don’t know is there’s a more personal driver behind #EverRiseWomen2019. As an adoptive mom, I also wanted to give my daughter more examples of successful women who look like her. We live in a diverse neighborhood in a diverse city but I want her to have more examples of women of color in STEM careers. She loves science now and I want that to continue. If she doesn’t choose a STEM career, that’s OK. However, I don’t want her choice to be because she doesn’t believe she’s capable and/or there aren’t other women of color role models.
The #EverRiseWomen2019 has been a professional and personal journey and the impact has been astounding. Here are the statistics from LinkedIn:
- 61 LinkedIn profiles for women in technical careers
- 61 days
- Women working in 5 countries on 5 different continents
- Approximately 55,000 total views (at this posting)
- Over 1000 likes (at this posting)
That’s HUGE! I know 55,000 views may not be impressive for all you fancy social media influencers out there, however, it’s real visibility for 61 women around the world that didn’t exist before. This campaign was simple, nothing fancy. This campaign has lifted other women, but it’s also lifted me. The ROI for my heart has been priceless.
Make a point every single day to lift up someone else. The ROI for your heart will be worth it!
“If you invest in a girl or a woman, you are investing in everybody else.“