Celebrate The Women In Your Life


The month of March marks Women’s History Month, and on March 8th, we celebrate International Women’s Day. Although this day has come and gone this year, I think it’s still important to shed light on some people’s women influences.

When I think of this month, I think of my grandmother, mom, and all the other influential women in my life. My grandmother, Cathy, has to be my biggest inspiration in life, though. At a young age, she was sent off to a Catholic boarding school, not even coming home for the summer. Due to this, she was very independent and was extremely driven to make a new and successful life for herself. She was the first woman president of her Rotary Club, as well as the first woman President of Sales and Marketing Executives in the Twin Cities. Also, throughout her life, she made and helped start several successful businesses (all of these being before she even went to college). And, at 78, she’s still a is a true girl boss at her and my grandpas business. Her consistent drive and commitment has influenced me to be the best I can be.

Since I have been greatly influenced by the women in my life, I wanted to see what women in my peer’s lives have influenced them. This is what they said:

Leigh Steiner: “ My sister has been the most influential woman in my life because her work ethic and kind heart have led her to help so many people. She has inspired me to be kind to everyone and truly looks for the best in every situation, and I am forever grateful for her positive presence in my life!”

Jack Fink: “My mom has been a great influence in my life through her guidance and direction while always allowing me to make my own decisions, while knowing I would always be supported by her. My mom has always shown me so much love and care and has instilled values and beliefs in me that make me who I am today.”

Annie Wilson: “The biggest female influence in my life has always been my Oma Jeanne. I grew up learning how to be my authentic self and how to be a loving being from her. She was a mother of 9 and a grandmother of 30, but still loved each of her grandchildren like they were her only. My grandma supported me in being my true self and always taught me to “do it my way”, and for her, I am eternally grateful.”

Brendan O’Connor: “My mom is a strong figure in my life because she always stands up for what she believes in. She is respectful yet makes sure to get her point across and she will never back down from anyone. She has taught me that standing firm in your beliefs is important because it lays your base of who you are as a person. That is what has made her the strong individual she is today.”

No one would be where they are today without women, and we have so much to be thankful for because of them. Make sure the women in your life know how much you love and appreciate them this month, and always.