Women in Leadership
Women leaders are taking over by storm.

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court judge and women’s rights activist, passed away this year, leaving behind a great legacy and some very inspiring words. 

Ginsburg’s words have spoken to millions, and now women across America are following her advice. Women are taking leadership positions by storm.

From a governmental standpoint, a record number of 104 women are now serving the House and Senate, making up 27% of Congress. This is more than double what it was 20 years ago. 

On the business side, 26 women are now CEOs of Fortune 500 companies – about 5%. In 1995 there were none. There are also more women in the boardrooms than ever before. 

This is not just happening on a national level. Business professionals in the Lehigh Valley are also embracing women in power. Local organizations like The Chamber’s Women’s Business Council and Mompreneurs of the Lehigh Valley help to support this mission.

The Chamber’s Women’s Business Council empowers women within the business community and presents a networking forum for businesswomen through events that provide professional development. Event topics include things like sales and marketing strategies, personal growth, and health issues. 

Mompreneurs of the Lehigh Valley is a support group for moms who own their business and who want to connect with like-minded women, learn from each other, share ideas, and collaborate. This unique group focuses on the “Super Moms” who balance running a business with running the household. 

As women find more ways to participate in business, men continue to support them. Some men in the Lehigh Valley are helping their wives run their business, while others show their support by attending or sponsoring women-led events. Additionally, male business owners are hiring an increasing number of women to lead their teams.

In fact, more than half of the employees at EBC Printing are women. EBC owners Murtaza and Mustafa Jaffer see the value in having women leaders on the team. Last year, EBC Printing moved their operations into a new facility. One of the goals for this change was to empower women in leadership and offer them more inspiration at work. The magenta pink color was added to EBC’s branding colors, in addition to their green color. Today, green colors represent our sustainable “green” printing methods that utilize recycled paper and petroleum free printing presses, while the magenta colors represent women empowerment.

Women make up 50.8% of the population. Having women as leaders and decision makers is critical to advancing equality for all. 

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” -Michelle Obama

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