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International Women's Day!

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Happy March! The month of March is usually associated with four leaf clovers, leprechauns, and all things green, but what about the other holiday in March that celebrates incredible women all around the world? In celebration of International Women’s Day, Yoobi sat down with three women who inspire us: Carina Bentivengo, Sharnique Washington and Falak Siddiqui to hear their unique stories and how International Women’s Day inspires them.

 Carina Bentivengo   

      

1. What do you do for work? What is the hardest part about your job?

I am a kindergarten teacher. The hardest part about my job right now is that we are online! We have been online all school year, so it is hard to make the connection with the kids that I would be making in person. Also, I'm so used to being around people all day and now I am in my classroom by myself. It's really hard to hang up a zoom call with my class and be sitting in complete silence. I miss the chaos! 

2. Where did you grow up and what is your favorite childhood memory?

I grew up in Torrance,CA until I was 10 years old and then my family moved to Temecula,CA. My favorite childhood memories all include my siblings! I have 2 younger sisters and a younger brother and we are all so close. Family camping trips and vacations are my best memories!  

3. Who is a strong female figure you look up to? Why? 

My mom of course! She has taught me everything I know about being a strong and confident woman. She raised us to go after what we want, love ourselves, and tell it how it is! She radiates happiness. I go to my mom for EVERYTHING! 

 4. What does International Women's Day mean to you?

International Women's day to me is a celebration of how far we have come as women. It is so important that we have a voice and never stop fighting for what we believe in. I like to take time to reflect on the women in my life who I look up to and aspire to be. I also like to take a good look at myself and my goals and make sure I am being the best role model I can be! 

5. What is your favorite quote?

"Here's to strong women: may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them"

 

Sharnique Washington

       

1. What do you do for work? What is the hardest part about your job?

I’m a stay at home mom, blogger, and content creator. The hardest part of my job at the moment is time management. There just isn’t enough hours in the day.

2. Where did you grow up and what is your favorite childhood memory?

I grew up in Richmond Va and my favorite childhood memories revolve around holidays. Family, food, fun, all wrapped in love. I think that’s why I’m so big on holidays now as an adult. 

3. Who is a strong female figure you look up to? Why? 

I have to say I look up to all the women in my family. From my mother to my grandmother aunts and older cousins. Each of these beautiful strong women has played such a huge part in helping me grow into the woman I am today. 

4. What does International Women's Day mean to you?

Empowerment and pride. It’s a day to reflect, acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishment achieved and sacrifices made by women before us while also inspiring and encourages women to continue making history.

5. What is your favorite quote?

"Find the good and celebrate it." - Betty Shabazz

 

Falak Siddiqui 

       

1. What do you do for work? What is the hardest part about your job?

I am a full-time blogger/content creator and have been doing this for the past 3 years. The hardest part about being a blogger is continuously coming up with creative content that resonates with my audience at the same time. However, that is also the most exciting part for me and I love the creative aspect of thinking outside the box and coming up with fun ideas while making sure my audience sees value in it. 

2. Where did you grow up and what is your favorite childhood memory?

I was born in Pakistan but grew up in Canada and my favorite childhood memory has to be the summer vacation trips made to California to spend time with my grandparents. The unlimited shopping sprees, getting spoiled by them, and spending hours watching them do their work while listening to their pearls of wisdom about life — nothing can ever beat that.

3. Who is a strong female figure you look up to? Why? 

I have always looked up to my mom and she is one of the strongest women I know. She is a physician by profession and I was always in awe of how she managed it all, taking care of 4 kids with no help around and still managing to be a kickass doctor! She has inspired me to do many things in life but has also taught me the meaning to slow down when I need to.

4. What does International Women's Day mean to you?

To me, International Women’s Day is all about celebrating the progress that is made towards gender parity, but also recognizing that we have to keep up with the momentum in achieving gender equality and respect for human rights universally. And as a mother raising two daughters, this is something close to my heart. 

5. What is your favorite quote?

“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” - G.D. Anderson

 

Feeling inspired? Check out some of our motivational journals, planners, and pencils that will help you take on all March has to offer!


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