We had the privilege of meeting with 20 of our best female pros last week in Oakland, in celebration of Women’s History Month. The energy in the room was incredible. Being in the presence of so many women with such spirit, hustle, and determination, was so humbling and inspiring.
We met Jen, a body paint artist who airbrushed at the Super Bowl. Shirin, who used to study French but realized she was happiest with her hands in the earth, so she became a landscape architect. Celia, who had a near fatal accident, and during recovery decided to take her life back and pursue her passion for art. Angela, who formerly owned a post-production film company, but let that go in order to be a mom to three beautiful babies, all who have food allergies. She began cooking specialty foods for her children and from that, a catering company was born.
Every single woman who stood up had an incredible story of perseverance and grit.
We were able to talk about the challenges that we face as women business owners, as well as challenges that pros are facing on Thumbtack - and to talk about what we could do to better partner with our pros. My hope is that we can all continue to support and encourage each other, on and off of Thumbtack.
Comment on this thread to tell us more about yourselves, and let us know what you would like to see at future meet-ups.
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@RLHIGH2019 We are here to support you and I am your biggest cheerleader! Please let us know how things go, and how we can help you be successful! Be sure to check out the Pro Tips section as you are getting started. You should also take advantage of our Help Center, and of course, post in the community when you have a question or need support from other pros!
I know what it is like to start over coming out of a tough time - Thumbtack helped me tremendously. I have also heard dozens of stories from pros like yourself, who have risen from hardship and found success here. You've got this!
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It's International Women's Day today - let's talk about all of the amazing women on this platform.
Did you know that women are 5 times more likely to have their expertise questioned in all industries, and 10 times more likely to have their expertise questioned in male-dominated industries?!
Let's talk about Jessica, owner of JPaints Utah, an interior painting company and Top Pro in Utah. She feels completely at home on scaffolding, climbing a ladder, moving equipment or doing any other thing that needs to be done. She says that while being a woman sometimes works to her disadvantage, because people do question her expertise - it also makes some people more likely to hire her, because she does stand out in a male-dominated field. She has overcome great odds to get to where she is today and is now one of the highest rated and most hired painting companies in her area.
Or how about Sarah, Top Pro and owner of Rooforia in Nebraska - when she first started her company she was hesitant to market herself, because she thought people wouldn't take her seriously as a woman. She quickly learned that being a woman in the roofing industry was a compelling story - and that customers felt they could trust and relate to her. Her company is now one of Omaha's largest roofing companies.
And can we please talk about the incredible women in this video?
I hope we can all take a moment to celebrate each other, today and every day.
For more interesting statistics on female business owners, check out this article.
Tell me about your business - what are some of your struggles and successes? What do you do to overcome gender biases in your field?
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