Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month, a month for us to honor women’s contributions in American history. Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California in 1978. The movement spread, and in 1987 Congress passed a law declaring March as “Women’s History Month.” Each year, the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA) shares a theme for the month, and this year’s is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” Every woman has an interesting story to tell, and the women at Transact Campus are no exception. Transact Campus, led by CEO Nancy Langer, is comprised of women who are mothers, technology gurus, marketing specialists, project leaders, product experts, engineers, and much more. We asked a few women at Transact about some of their opinions, inspirations, and advice, and are sharing some of their answers here.
Name a woman who inspires you.
“Malala Yousafzai. She is the youngest Nobel Prize laureate the world has ever seen. She is an incredible woman who overcame an assassination attempt by the Taliban in occupied Pakistan at the age of 15, to campaign for and children’s rights to an education.”-- Sangavi Rajagopal, Campaign Specialist, Transact Campus, Chennai, India
“Krysten Sinema (U.S. senator from Arizona). She is the first openly bisexual senator and works to support the rights of the LGBT community.” -- Amy Burger, Scrum Master
“Annie Lamont. Annie was a trailblazer in venture capital and private equity—still is today—historically and still heavily dominated. Early in my career I met Annie when the company I worked for was looking at acquiring a company her firm owned. At the meetings, there were only two women in the room, and I watched in awe and learned from how she handled herself with such confidence, grace, and professionalism.” – Nancy Langer, CEO
“My aunt—she immigrated from Honduras in her twenties and moved up the ladder in corporate America (health insurance industry), later transitioning to a senior role in state government in Texas.” – Mimi Stanley, Senior Proposal Manager
“My mom inspires me. She is an amazing mom and grandma to my kids. She always made it look easy, and now that I’m a mom myself, I realize how incredibly hard it is.” – Laura Magnall, Senior Product Manager
“Mary McLeod Bethune inspires me because her beliefs paved the way for the rest of us through activism, education, and humanitarian acts.” -- Rocio Lopez, Technical Support Engineer
“Michelle Obama. She never ceases to captivate us with her warmth, strength, and positivity with her steely mentality of always doing more than yesterday.” -- Georgette Lumbe, Associate QA Specialist, Transact Campus, Dublin, Ireland
“Indra Nooyi. I really like her leadership style and her journey from becoming a Product Manager to CEO.” -- Anindita Ghose, Product Owner, Transact Campus, Dublin, Ireland
“My mother, who always works hard, finishes every task that she starts, and truly enjoys the work that she does.” – Ashley Cleveland, Associate Project Manager
Your favorite girl power quote is…
"We must reject not only the stereotypes that others hold of us, but also the stereotypes that we hold of ourselves.” -- Shirley Chisholm via Mimi Stanley
“The days are long, but the years are short.” -- Gretchen Rubin via Laura Magnall
“Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back. -- origin unknown via Amy Burger
“Never dim your lights to make others comfortable.” – origin unknown via Rocio Lopez
“Be the woman who fixes another woman’s crown without telling the world it was crooked.” – Leslie Littlejohn via Nancy Langer
“Don’t let anyone speak for you, and don’t rely on others to fight for you,” – Michelle Obama via Anindita Ghose
“We are all much more powerful than we realize! Don’t let anyone take that away from you.” – origin unknown via Sangavi Rajagopal
If you could meet any influential woman, who would it be?
“Taylor Swift. I love that she is so hard-working, talented, and focused.” – Laura Magnall
“Ada Lovelace. She was a gifted mathematician and the first computer programmer.” – Amy Burger
“Oprah Winfrey. I admire how much mental fortitude it took to overcome the challenges she faced growing up (poverty, abuse, etc.).” – Mimi Stanley
“Laxmi Agarwal. She is an acid attack survivor, and an activist for the rights of acid attack victims.” – Sangavi Rajagopal
“Michelle Obama. I love that she is such a strong woman, and I am sure has some very interesting experiences others have not had, so to learn from those would be awesome.” – Nancy Langer
“Dolores Huerta. She fought for women’s rights and labor rights and was the co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association helping them achieve safe working conditions.” – Rocio Lopez
“Serena Williams. She has become so much more than an inspiration on the court. She is also very vocal about the need for gender pay equality and racial equality in our country.” – Ashley Cleveland
Why is celebrating Women’s History Month important?
“It shatters the myths about what women can’t do.” – Georgette Lumbe
“Because it reminds everyone of the accomplishments of women throughout the years in our culture and society.” – Ashley Cleveland
“It’s important to step back and celebrate how far we’ve come as women so that we can forge a path to success for our young girls and youth.” – Mimi Stanley
‘To showcase the achievements of women in different fields across the globe.” – Anindita Ghose
“Because while we’ve come so far, we still have a long way to go.” – Laura Magnall
“Women have come a long way and a lot of that is from supporting each other in life and career challenges, and successes, so we need to celebrate!” – Nancy Langer
“It’s important to see the accomplishments of great women.” – Amy Burger
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about being a successful woman?
“My mom once told me, ‘Don’t minimize your goals. Chase the job you want, not the money. Surround yourself with role models that you want to emulate.” -- Sangavi Rajagopal
“Have faith, be consistent, and relentless!” – Rocio Lopez
“it doesn’t matter how hard or how many times you fall. Your purpose will get you on your feet again and your drive will keep propelling you forward so you can achieve great things.” – Ashley Cleveland
“Find the smartest people you can and surround yourself with them.” – Marissa Meyer, CEO of Yahoo via Nancy Langer
“Let those potentials in you shine, surpass yourself, be yourself, never stifle what is in you because of people’s looks or influence.” – Georgette Lumbe
What are you most encouraged about women’s rights today?
“By the fact that, as a society, we’re having meaningful conversations about equality and fairness in everything from health and relationships to representation and employment.” – Mimi Stanley
“I love that media seems to be embracing different kinds of women more than in the past.” – Laura Magnall
“There used to be no female coders, but now there are many…It’s not quite there yet, but we will get there with determination and action.” – Georgette Lumbe
“I’m encouraged by the recognition of where things are at. Now we must work even harder to change that position.” – Amy Burger
“There are many more women in C-Level, senior level, and board roles than ever before…not where we need to be, but I’m encouraged we will get to where it just doesn’t matter anymore—someday.” – Nancy Langer
Women at Transact are representing and represented.
When it comes to female representation in the workforce, Transact is doing better than the national average. Zippia.com notes: “For the entirety of its existence, the tech industry has been exclusive and severely lacking in diversity. Women, in general, are gravely underrepresented in this growing and lucrative industry.” In fact, Zippia’s numbers reveal that only 26.7% of tech jobs are held by women, while 42% of Transact’s U.S. employees are women. Women’s rights are an important theme at Transact, as is evidenced by the recent launch of the Employee Resource Group (ERG), Transact Women’s Interest Network (T-WIN), which is dedicated to inspiring, empowering, and educating women and their allies. Here are a few ways you can celebrate Women’s History Month:
Eat or shop at women-owned businesses in your community.
Contribute to a woman-focused charity.
Support women artists and art.
Create and listen to a playlist of inspiring women’s songs.
Read up on the vital roles women have held throughout history.