What does a leading lady in fashion, a famous poet, an aviation pioneer, a civil rights activist and thousands of our own maurices associates and fans across North America have in common? All of them are making history (no matter how big or small) and deserve to be celebrated today and every day!
So join us in raising our lattes in a toast to International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month by highlighting fantastic females we’re loving…
She made history when she co-founded the first dressbarn store in 1962, while also being a mother to three little ones. “What if,” she wondered, “I could create a store that gave women the level of service they deserve…all the help and attention they’d get in a fancy shop…but make it affordable, and right in their home town. Today she’s the Director Emeritus of ascena retail group, inc. which is the leading national specialty retailer under the Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey, Lane Bryant, maurices, dressbarn and Catherines brands, and the Justice brand.
She began making history as a performer in the mid-1950s, but made literary history when she wrote her memoir in 1969, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – otherwise known as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.
She made history as the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic, opening doors for female pilots all over the world. She also became actively involved in fashion, contributing to new lines that evoked a practical, yet feminine, look.
She made history and gave power to a movement to end segregation by refusing to give up her seat on the bus. To this day, she’s a nationally recognized symbol of dignity, strength, and courage for women all over the world.
Our Store Associates
With so many leading ladies to celebrate, we can’t help but make a little extra noise for over 10,000 of our own maurices store associates and home office employees that inspire women to look and feel good just as they are – just like these quotes from our store associates…
“Being a woman means being whatever you want to be and we should support each other whatever we choose.” – Abbey
“We are capable of so much and that is why I am proud to be a strong and confident woman!” – Mariah
“We love being women and appreciate how maurices empowers each of us to be who we are and successful in each of our talents!” – maurices store in Harrisburg
“My mother has influenced me the most in life. I can remember even at a very young age her saying “be a leader, not a follower” and that has stuck with me and shown through in every aspect of my life.” – Amber
“I think the greatest thing about being a woman is the ability to choose. You can choose to be a mom, a teacher, a CEO, a police officer, an artist, a caregiver, an athlete, or a retail rockstar.” – Abby
“My tribe: honestly my tribe has changed through the years. I view it as the women in my life who understand me when words are not spoken, who have my back no matter what, who know that I will do everything I can to support them, who I can laugh with, cry with, celebrate with, and collaborate with.” – Michelle
“The most extraordinary women in my life are actually several of my maurices mentors. They are the strongest of women that expect greatness yet empower me to accomplish great things.” – Kristen
And of course, an extra cheers to the many women that inspire us day in and day out – that means YOU!