Be Bold for Change
Written by: Val Pitt
International Women’s Day has caused me to pause and take stock. Twenty-two years ago, as a young, naïve paralegal in a mid-tier law firm, I had an idea about how things could be done better. Terrifyingly, I quit my job and started my own company, LitSupport.
My little company, that started with just me, has grown to become a national organisation with offices across Australia and over 150 employees. I feel humbled and blessed by this journey. As any entrepreneur, male or female, will tell you, success can’t be achieved alone. No woman is an island.
My success would not have been possible without the sacrifice, contribution, encouragement and example of many women. Of course, the very first debt of gratitude that I, and all women, owe is to the brave women who campaigned and won the right to vote. The incredible sacrifice that these women made, paved the way for us all. At a time when society’s values were so different, these women stood up and introduced new possibilities into the public consciousness. Their example should be an inspiration to all of us.
Of course, there are many famous and diverse women pioneers who have inspired us all in different ways and who have introduced new possibilities into our collective consciousness; Aung San Suu Kyi, Elizabeth Garret Anderson, Marie Curie and Oprah, to name just a few. However, every woman with aspirations will also have non-famous female role models. Without these unsung heroes, success wouldn’t be possible.
For me, this means reflecting on the huge contribution my sisters have made to the courage I needed to start and carry on a business. Even more than my sisters, however, is the contribution made to my success by two remarkable young women; my daughters. Without their help, sacrifice and understanding, I would never have been able to create a successful business.
The example of my female heroes, both famous and non-famous, has caused me to reflect on what I can do to inspire other women to Be Bold for Change. As I have had success in business, I plan to support other female entrepreneurs in their endeavours. This is something we can all do by investing in women starting their own businesses through www.kiva.org. On International Women’s Day, kiva is aiming to crowdfund $3M in loans to women. Let’s inspire either other to Be Bold for Change.