International Women’s Day: Looking Back, Looking Forward

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International Women’s Day: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Posted by Lolitta Gevorkova on 08 Mar 2016

Posted by Lolitta Gevorkova on 08 Mar 2016

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As part of Evernote’s celebration of International Women’s Day, we’re saluting not only the millions of women who use Evernote every day, but also the women in our own company who make Evernote amazing.

We asked Lolitta Gevorkova, who manages Evernote’s U.S. social media, to give us her personal perspective on the day.

You might think International Women’s Day is a recent invention, but it’s actually been celebrated for roughly 100 years. It has been a day where both men and women come together globally to celebrate the achievements of women and the fight for equality—in law, education, politics, literature, and the arts. In other words, we’ve had our hands full.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

—Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist

There are loads of inspirational women who are notable for leaving their mark in women’s history. A few of my favorite ladies include Sophie Wilson, who’s like the ‘Mother of Dragons’ for smart devices. She designed the ARM architecture, which is found inside practically all smartphone and mobile tablets today. Evelyn Boyd Granville, the second African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Mathematics, who spent a chunk of her career at IBM working on computer software for the U.S. space program. And Harper Lee, obviously. She wrote the widely read classic To Kill a Mockingbird which tackles challenging topics like rape and racial injustice. The book won a Pulitzer Prize in 1961, which made Lee the first woman to pull the award since 1942.

Super cool, but what do these women have to do with Evernote? Stay with me, gals and guys. Historically, women have made waves in tech, literature, and all sorts of ridiculously cool fields. Today, these waves are accelerating. There are women who are taking charge and changing the male-dominated tech industry, and more specifically, there are influential women who are using Evernote to advance their careers in productive and creative ways. Enter a list of my favorite Evernote-using ladies:

Barbara Fuller

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Barbara is a professional organizer, traveler, wife, and mother who spends her busy days in Midway, Utah. Basically your modern day superwoman. After deciding to live a paperless and purposeful life, Barbara found and made Evernote her primary tool for capturing, storing, and accessing all of her information. Her digital organization business, Simplify Days, offers beautiful and much sought after Evernote templates and an online course—a step-by-step guide for going paperless and becoming digitally organized, all presented directly within Evernote. Talk about convenient. Her tip for women who want to start their own business? Be fearless. “Starting your own business is really scary! Feed yourself positive thoughts and surround yourself with positive and encouraging people as much as possible.”

CP Patrick

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CP Patrick is a historical fiction and fantasy writer based in Washington D.C. I find her bio particularly interesting because she intertwines the African diaspora in her work, drawing on her deep education in African Studies. (I’m talking degrees, people. Plural.) She published her debut novel, The Truth About Awiti, in 2015. As you may have guessed, she uses Evernote for her writing organization. Her writing process involves a lot of research and that’s where Evernote comes in handy—she uses Evernote for storing data, organizing her work, and, her most used feature, creating notebooks. Notebooks are instrumental to the way she organizes the structure and content of her stories, and she fills each one with historical research, chapter outlines, character profiles, general inspiration, and timelines. “My biggest tip for women writers is to write every day. Whether it’s 50 words or 5,000, every word counts towards making certain our stories are told.”, she advises.

Charlene Anderson

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Char hails from Jackson Hole, Wyoming (6237 feet above sea level, oxygen tank optional). She runs an e-commerce business, Purveyor of All Things Creative, an online only store for people who are interested in making and building things. Like most successful business owners, she’s got a secret sauce for staying organized: a calendar and Evernote. Everything that she needs to remember goes right into her Evernote account, including notes from client calls and wholesale order receipts. Charlene’s biggest tip for women who want to start their own business is to have faith in yourself and your gut feelings.

These women inspire me to live a more organized and meaningful life and, most importantly, to make waves of my own. I’m proud to work at a company where our app is used by women of this level of awesomeness. I’m extra proud to be working at a company that’s adopting International Women’s Day’s 2016 theme of #PledgeForParity and truly incorporating it into our culture.

Today, and every day, we continue to march towards equal pay, economic empowerment of women, and ending violence against women, no matter what industry we’re in. Join us in pledging for parity to advance women.

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