Fearless Female Interview: Jacquelyn
Who is your role model / a female that inspires you?
There are tons of women who inspire me, but one of the first that comes to mind is Jen Gotch, the founder of Bando. She’s smart, honest, raw, passionate, funny, and incredibly creative - all qualities I aspire to have. I think she is a unique leader because she seems to lead effortlessly and in a way that makes people follow her because they want to not because they have to. We could use more leaders, both male and female, who channel that same energy and honesty into their business.
Why do you think it's important to see more women in leadership positions?
I would love to see more women in positions of leadership for many reasons, but especially for young girls to have more role models to look up to for their brains and ambition, and also to change workplace and societal dynamics. I think if more women were in leadership positions, more women would feel comfortable speaking up, there would be fewer threatening work environments (especially regarding sexual harassment), and society as a whole would benefit from the balance in feminine energy. Also, because women make up 50% of this planet and should represent 50% of leaders (DUH!).
Why is it important to encourage girls and women to pursue fields stereotypically dominated by men?
Of course encouraging women to pursue any career they want is important, but I think it’s particularly important to challenge girls to pursue careers stereotypically dominated by men because the lack of representation means lack of talent from 50% of the population. Intentional or not, girls grow up learning that they aren’t as smart in fields such as math, science, engineering, etc, which is straight up false. Fields that are dominated by about 75% men, such as STEM, are truly hurt by the lack of female brain power! Women are just as capable of pursuing STEM fields and succeeding with business degrees and should be taught as such.
What are your tips for being a fearless female?
My three biggest tips for being a fearless female are to (1) fake it till you make it - sometimes you have to pretend to be confident to feel that way (for real it works). (2) Focus on yourself - stop watching what everyone else is doing and focus on your own sh*t. Comparison is the thief of joy and the only person you should compete to be better than is yourself. And finally, (3) to surround yourself with others who support and encourage you to be the best version of yourself - great friends are a game changer! If you’re in need of some supportive females, join our little gang of Heartman Ambassadors - we got your back ;)
How can girls and women support each other in today's world?
We can support each other by choosing to encourage and lift each other up rather than tear each other down. Society is structured in a way that pits women against each other, especially for superficial reasons, and sometimes I think we have to make a conscious effort to rewire our brains to not give in to that pressure. It’s easy to fall into that trap of thinking you need to be competitive with other women, when in reality we can all succeed simultaneously, so there’s no reason to spew negativity towards them. There is not a limited amount of space for successful women, and I think it’s our responsibility to create more space for other women to succeed when we have the ability to do so.
What does a fearless female look like to you?
A fearless female is someone who lives by her own standards, rules, and morals. A fearless female pursues her goals independent of what society or other influences tell her to do. She is not afraid to fight for her beliefs and ambitions even when it is difficult, and does so with both kindness and poise.