My mom was the first woman ever to be invited into the radiology group she joined back in the 90’s. Of Indian descent (born there, moved here in the 70’s), she was the first non-white member as well.
Knowing her, I don’t believe she was out to break any social barriers as much as she was out to make good cheddar, though I do believe she was proud to have made those firsts in the process of scoring a great job.
We never used the word “feminism” specifically, but my mom never held back her criticism of cultural traditions that treated women as subservient to men. In the part of the world she came from, there were more than a few -- women needing to wait to eat dinner until their husbands had finished, having different reception halls for men and women at weddings.
At Whistler, we’re working to improve our clients’ lives by saving them time and mitigating risk in their communications. It doesn’t matter to us whether it is legal, regulatory, HR, or PR risk…we aim to save our clients’ companies and careers by helping them get in control of their digital footprints.
With everything that is happening around workplace harassment recently, however, we’ve seen interest pick up in that side of what we do. In the image of my mom, we value all of our clients’ work equally, but we can’t help but admit a little extra smile when we can help make workplaces more fair and welcoming at the same time.