As I write this, on Labor Day, I’m reminded of why we honor the people who make up our workforce.
Strength. Prosperity. Social achievement. Economic achievement.
The rapid expansion of industrialization and economic growth in the late 1800s paved the way for an increased labor force. Immersed in our Gilded Age, President Grover Cleveland signed a law on June 28, 1894, making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.
With its origins in the labor movement, Labor Day allowed our countrymen to pay national tribute to the contribution workers have made to the well-being of our country. This day of celebration was signed into law 29 years after the Civil War had ended and 26 years before women had earned the right to vote.
Sandwiched in between two of the most significant social changes in our country’s history, Labor Day became a catalyst for things to come.
Amid a landscape of uncertainty…
The 2020 Influential Women in Manufacturing Awards closely resembled the year itself.
Pandemic pandemonium prompted a few pivots along the way to the finish line. Similar to most things this year, we found ourselves adapting to a new way of doing things.
This year’s IWIM program honors 20 women who have not only engineered impressive careers, but they’ve done so in such a way that makes a person want to sit up and take notice.
Unlike years’ past, we won’t be able to gather for a ceremony and pay homage to these amazing trailblazers this year. Rest assured, each woman is still receiving her award; however, this year, we decided to do something a little bit different.
For the last couple of years, we’ve invited you to sign up to receive a PDF that included a brief description and a quote from each of the honorees. This year, you don’t have to sign up. You’re welcomed and encourage to download the PDF right here.
That’s not the only change we’ve made.
This year’s edition offers 20 pages of sound advice from each of our honorees. When we set forth to create the PDF, we asked each honoree the same question: What advice would you give a young woman just starting out in a career in manufacturing?
Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll spotlight each of the honorees on this website. You’ll be able to get to know them much the way we have over the last 5 months and find out why they are so deserving of the honor of being known as an Influential Woman in Manufacturing.