International Women’s Day
Inspired by the demonstrations and activists of the American Women’s Suffrage Movement, the first National Women’s Day was observed in the United States on February 28th, 1909. During the 1910 International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, activist Clara Zetkin proposed the idea of a globally recognized Women’s Day. Her proposal was passed unanimously by 100 women from 17 countries, and International Women’s Day was born. American Women’s Suffrage Movement, the first National Women’s Day was observed in the United States on February 28th, 1909. During the 1910 International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, activist Clara Zetkin proposed the idea of a globally recognized Women’s Day. Her proposal was passed unanimously by 100 women from 17 countries, and International Women’s Day was born.
All over the world, March 8th has become a day dedicated to the equality, advancement, and success of women everywhere. Communities across the globe now hold International Women’s Day demonstrations and rallies, workshops and conferences, parades and fairs.
Today, we are proud to celebrate by highlighting some of the many wonderful women of Brondell. We asked a few of our colleagues some questions about who they are and what they believe in. Read on to meet Sarah, Tiffany, Shirley, and Ife!
Vice President of Operations
Sarah, affectionately referred to as “SC”, was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended San Francsico State University to study Journalism and International Relations. She currently lives in the East Bay with her husband and son.
SC has been with Brondell for just over 12 years! In her time with us, Sarah has worked in nearly every area of the business, including Customer Support, Order Processing, and even Human Resources. She says “there’s never a dull moment” here at Brondell.
Outside of work, what’s important to you?
“Day to day, my son Harrison and husband Ryan; but I am also passionate about both women’s and parents’ rights."
"After having a baby in 2021, I was so thankful to work for an organization that provides leave for a new parent, but I continue to be shocked (and horrified) that we don’t have a federal standard, and how companies prioritize profits over the wellbeing over their employees."
"I try to find the good in every scenario and focus on positivity—I truly believe it is easy to be a good, kind person, and people will generally return that to you.”
Customer Support Manager
The oldest of 4 siblings and another San Francisco native, Tiffany is a “California girl all the way.” While she spent some time living in Los Angeles, she will always call the Bay Area her home. Her best friends and family—especially her 21-year-old son—are the most important people in her life, and we love how passionate she is about them.
For the last four years, Tiffany has been a key player on our Customer Support team! From her very first day, she said she “felt both welcomed and valued,” and she works hard to make our colleagues and our customers feel the same way.
What advice would you give your younger self?
“To Young Tiffany: Keep putting your best foot forward. Don’t allow for any distractions. You will leave a mark on this world—be intentional. You will see things you never thought you’d see. Be adventurous and don’t be afraid to try new things. Life is for the living, so do it up, girl!”
Senior UIUX Designer
Creative and passionate, Shirley is always ready to talk through new projects and make great ideas happen. She says it’s all about “seeing women included in all spaces and having the ability to openly share their experiences and perspective.” Outside of work, you can often find Shirley hiking and rock climbing or getting her barista skills on and practicing latte art!
Shirley joined the Brondell family in 2018 as a designer, and she’s been working hard to make Brondell the best it can be ever since. She says “it’s been a great opportunity to oversee how the brand evolves and elevates itself.” As Brondell’s Senior UIUX designer, she loves “digging into the nitty gritty” to find innovative solutions and make sure our customers have high-quality experiences.
What are you passionate about?
“The environment—making sure I do what I can to live a more eco-minimalistic lifestyle. For example, fixing things instead of buying new replacements, not going on crazy shopping sprees, and shopping locally whenever possible.
"My culture—as a child of immigrants, I want to make sure I don’t lose my family’s native language (Cantonese) and cultural traditions. This means taking the time to learn about the stories my family and my community have to share, remembering them, and eventually passing them down.”
Staff Accountant I
Before joining Brondell, Ife got a degree in Marketing and later earned her MBA in Finance at Sacramento State University. A first-generation Nigerian American model and fashionista, she’s passionate about uplifting girls’ self-esteem through her work with nonprofit organizations.
Ife has been with Brondell for 2 years, and she's been excited to have a great team to help her advance her knowledge in finance. She says, “I’m grateful for the new things I am able to learn and the opportunity to work with such a great company.”
What does “Women’s Empowerment” mean to you?
“It means giving women equal opportunity to go after and achieve the dreams they desire—irrespective of their gender. Unfortunately, in the past, society has had rules that can keep women in a box, and women’s empowerment, to me, is getting rid of the rules that created that box.”
Here’s to women everywhere
More than just our teammates, the women of Brondell are fearless leaders, passionate activists, dedicated scholars, daring adventurers, and beloved family members. Without these women, and many more like them, our business (and the world) wouldn’t have that spark that inspires us to keep innovating and growing. Together, we must work to ensure that women everywhere are treated equally, offered opportunities to succeed, and given a platform to make their voices heard.
We have a message to all the women out there who make this world a better place: We see you, we celebrate you, and we thank you. Happy International Women’s Day!