This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is all about being bold and inspiring change. One woman who embodies this is CBC’s Emily Mills, who in addition to her full-time gig as a Senior communications officer, was also the mastermind behind HERstory in Black.
HERstory in Black shares the experiences of 150 women who excel in their field, who push for greater diversity and who help build vibrant communities. The project was an extension of How She Hustles, a network of more than 5,000 women from diverse backgrounds. What’s with the number 150 you may ask? Emily chose this as another way to highlight Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
What was your experience like presenting your project to CBC? I was excited but also a bit uncertain. Everybody has passions and interests outside of work. One of my passions is connecting diverse women in the city through my How She Hustles community. Bringing my outside passion into CBC – and creating this intersection – was a unique experience. Fortunately, my idea for HERstory in Black was received with enthusiasm at CBC from day #1. I think we all gained valuable lessons throughout the process that will be helpful for future special projects.
As a mother, what would you like to teach your children about how they relate to others? Our boys are already learning that girls are awesome and that gender shouldn’t define what they can achieve. Respect is a key message. We practice what we preach.
In honour of International Women’s Day, what is your wish for women ten years from now? My hope is that more women stand tall and own it! Humility is a quality we should all have, but more women need to take pride in their accomplishments and take credit for the incredible work they do. I think this shift in mindset can help change the world – from more women in leadership roles to a change in our economy.
– Emily Mills, Senior communications officer, English Services