March is Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating because Vestra Logistics is a women-owned business!
Women’s History Month
Since 1987, people all over the United States have celebrated Women’s History Month, a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society. It’s pretty astounding to think that during our lifetimes, the contributions of women have been often-overlooked and that we still haven’t achieved complete gender equality. Nonetheless, we would like to celebrate women and all of the incredible gifts that women offer the world.
When did it all begin?
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation for Women’s History Week. Throughout the next few years, the U.S. celebrated the week of March 8th. In 1987, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month. The rest, as they say, is history.
The 2020 Theme
This year, the theme of Women’s History Month is “Valiant Women of the Vote.” The theme honors “the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.” This seems incredibly relevant, particularly since it’s a presidential election year. Women make up half of the voting population, and it’s unbelievable to think that one hundred years ago, women weren’t even permitted to vote! This year, be sure to celebrate women’s rights and encourage all women in your sphere to cast their votes.
Women in business
The first record of a woman in business in the United States was in the 18th century, however, fo the next two hundred years, it was far more uncommon for women to be in business than men. Back in the early days, most women in business inherited their business from their husbands. During World War II, women joined the workforce in larger numbers.
1988: A huge change
H.R.5050 passed in 1988: “Women’s Business Ownership Act.” This provided women equitable access to capital. This was not that long ago! Hard to believe. Following the passage of this bill, the Women’s Business Centers and the National Women’s Business Council were created. It was the first time that discriminatory lending practices were eliminated.
2018: 12.3 million women-owned businesses
According to sbdcnet.org, there were 12.3 million women-owned businesses in the US. This was about 40% of all businesses. This is a huge victory! Since then, the number of women-owned businesses has been growing, particularly in categories like health/beauty/fitness, food/restaurant, business services, retail, and education.
Why support women-owned?
All of this is interesting information, sure, but as a consumer, why should you support women-owned businesses?
- It increases the economic stability of families and communities
- Help shape the world for young girls and women
- You’re supporting a creative, driven sector of the workforce
- Women-owned businesses tend to have more diversity and therefore more diverse perspectives on business, decreasing negative groupthink
- Women-owned small businesses have access to support and opportunities to capital that are not available to all businesses, so they can provide additional support, opportunities, and options for their customers
- You’re supporting and cheering for gender equality, and that’s the right thing to do
Vestra is a women-owned small business
We’re a women-owned small business, and you can rest assured that when you choose to work with us, you’re getting access to small business government funds and support that other businesses don’t have access to. When you work with Vestra, you get access to large scale capabilities with a personal touch. We’re really proud of that.
Work with Vestra
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