What is International Women’s Day?
Happy International Women’s Day 2021!
Each year on March 8th, the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women globally are celebrated. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.
This theme of the day this year is ‘Choose to Challenge‘ which means that from challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge the gender bias and inequality we see in the world. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. That is why every day this week we are highlighting a valued and inspirational woman who is part of the Contra Vision team.
Meet Emily Huynh
Q. Can you tell me a bit about your career history before you began working for Contra Vision?
A. Most of my career before Contra Vision was spent in hospitality and retail.
Q. How long have you worked for and what is your role at Contra Vision?
A. I have been with Contra Vision for five and a half years. When I began with the company, I looked after customer service and logistics for the North American market.
As of August 2020, I’ve transitioned to Business Development in the Southeastern United States and loving every bit of it!
Q. Have you ever felt held back in your career or you have not been given certain opportunities because of your gender?
A. Fortunately, at Contra Vision, I have not. They have been fair regardless of my gender.
Q. What progress have you seen on gender equality in your life and in work?
A. It’s common to see women CEOs and women in upper Management these days. I mean, we have a female Vice President of the US for the first time in history! It’s a beautiful thing.
Q. Why do we need women in leadership positions?
A. There were times in the the past where women’s opinions were generally overlooked. Men and women both face different struggles and to only take one perspective would be ignorant.
Q. How do you feel men in your life and in workplaces can contribute more to women’s empowerment?
A. When beginning my role at CV, I was nervous. I had no experience in the role I was stepping into. My husband was there to silence any doubts that popped up and pushed and supported me. While growing within the company, I had similar support from my team at work (a predominantly male team) – always supporting and believing in me. It’s in large part to that support that I’ve had the success that I have.
I think people-men or women- in general need a support team. I guess what I’m trying to say is that instead of doubting or trying to pick apart a woman’s work, lift her up! Let her know she’s the boss lady that she already knows she is. Trust them that they will be able to make the right decisions.
Q. Do you have any words of wisdom for women at the start of their careers?
A. Keep trying! Believe in yourself! You will come across people that will want to hold you down, don’t let them! The road isn’t always easy but it’s worth it. The pride that comes with achieving your goals is so satisfying.