DBC Celebrates International Women's Day

Women have been integral to the success of DBC thus far, and that's not going to change. From the DBC team, to our clients, our advocates, referral partners, and friends, the impact of women is felt every moment of every day in our office and beyond. 

On International Women's Day, DBC is proud to fly a banner saying that without women, we wouldn't be here. 

We're thrilled to continuously highlight women that have made an impact (directly and indirectly) on our organization. 

First up: Our Moms 

From the team:

My mom lives in Iowa and is active in local Democratic politics. As a designer, I've been able to collaborate with her to design banners and protest signs for a local women's march, as well as business cards for Indivisible Dubuque, an activist group. Her leadership skills, energy, and work ethic inspire me to keep growing as a designer and to create work with integrity.

Beyond near constant exposure to the arts, my mom influenced my work with her own strong work ethic. Some of my earliest memories are of visiting her at the John's Hopkins Space Telescope, where she worked as a librarian. Visiting her at work gave me my first exposure to an academic work environment, one in which women were an equal part. Because she's such a strong and capable woman, I was largely unaware of the progress we still need to make in terms of equal pay and equal respect until I joined the workforce. Because of her example I'm firm in my belief in equality, and am committed to using my voice to instill that ideal in others. 

My mum always encouraged creativity. She knew how much I loved being creative and enjoyed all my art classes at school. Approaching adulthood, we discussed different careers and she recommended following the path of graphic design, as it embodied my strengths and I could make a living doing something I enjoyed so much!

The most surprising conversation I had with my mother ever was when I told her I planned to leave my full time position to work on building dbc exclusively. She was surprised, but extremely happy about it. I went into that conversation ready to convince her it was all going to be okay, and she ended up doing that for me. I got #mothered at 28.

We're going to keep this conversation going. You may ask "why?". From AIGA:

NEA reports estimates that 54 percent of the designer category are women. AIGA’s membership is approximately 55 percent women, although we expect that to increase—two-thirds of design students surveyed by AIGA are women.

Women are here to stay. This is a long departure from the days of not too long ago, where women in design firms were "office girls". Yet, some of those past norms exist today. If we're going to call ourselves "innovators" , we have to confront these issues head on. Stay tuned for more! We're #firedup