#BeBoldForChange on International Women’s Day: Celebrating President of L & D Mail Masters
“International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.”
Will you challenge bias and inequality against women? Campaign against violence? Forge women’s advancement? Celebrate women’s achievement? Or champion women’s education on this International Women’s Day? The mission is to be #BeBoldForChange! We, at L & D Mail Masters, would like to celebrate women’s achievements today. One woman in particular: President of L & D Mail Masters—Diane Fischer. To us, she’s a role model for entrepreneurial women all over the world. Thirty years ago in 1986, Fischer took on the daunting task of starting a woman-owned business after she refused to be pushed into secretarial roles by her male colleagues.
When Diane started the company in November of 1986, it wasn’t common place for women to work outside the home, let alone run a business. Fischer had to overcome the traditional thinking that women should be at home with their children. That mentality hardly changed over the years as Fischer raised her three daughters while building L & D Mail Masters from the ground up. But, Diane continued to stand against the gender roles society attempted to assign her. She pushed to balance the needs of her family with the needs of her company. Talk about Super Woman!
Those challenges were intertwined with the challenge of maintaining confidence in such a male-dominated direct-mail industry. Fischer had to educate herself even more than the next person in business meetings, because she was the only woman in many of those meetings. It takes a special person to let things roll off their back. One time in particular, Fischer and her Maintenance Manager went to purchase a one-million dollar piece of equipment for the company and the salesperson assumed the Maintenance Manager was the owner of the company. This is why we seek to #BeBoldForChange. Women deserve equal opportunity.
While times are different and, according to NAWBO, 9.1 million firms are owned by women, we still have a ways to go. Be bold and fearless, like Diane Fischer did in 1986. She will tell you it wasn’t easy and it still isn’t. But, through the big wins and great setbacks, she still dared to dream she could grow personally and professionally. It is in daring to dream, wishing for that dream and then being brave enough to go out and make it happen, that Diane hopes others will hear her story and feel motivated instead of discouraged by what society gives us as our gender roles.
Now, go support women all over the globe and take a bold action today! https://www.internationalwomensday.com/BeBold