Women@Iron Mountain

#ChooseToChallenge
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Women@Iron Mountain

#ChooseToChallenge

Our Vision:

An organisation where equity and belonging is inherent in our culture.

An environment where women are welcomed, valued, respected and heard.

Our Mission:

We are a dynamic, global network of women and allies collaborating to inspire confidence.

We accelerate awareness and advocate for women.

We make a difference for our customers, communities and workplace to exceed business goals


Breast Cancer Awareness

Every October, people all over the world come together and show their support for people affected by breast cancer. In 2020, there were 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer and 685.000 deaths globally( WHO).
Several of our Mountaineers have shared their stories to promote awareness and inspire hope for others on their breast cancer journey.

"My older sister Donna was just 38 years old when she found a lump under her armpit, which ended up being the first sign of breast cancer. My sister and I have always been close and she has been a steady presence in my life, so this news shocked me. It also motivated me to become involved in helping her and the millions of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

I first participated in the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day event in 1999. This 3-day, 60-mile walk is a test of endurance and fundraising as you must raise thousands of dollars to participate. It was a life-changing event so the following year, when Donna was cleared of breast cancer, she and I walked together. Over the next few years, we either crewed (the volunteers who operate the event) or walked together. On the 10th anniversary of my sister's remission, Donna found two new lumps. This time the breast cancer was aggressive and invasive. She underwent months of chemotherapy and radiation that left her sick, weak and took her to lows that I had never seen before. Donna underwent a double mastectomy and the cancer was in remission once more. To celebrate her life, I chose to walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day once more, this time in my hometown of Philadelphia. The following year, Donna and I walked together again. I'm happy to say that 12 years later she remains cancer-free and healthy.

What I have learned most about breast cancer is that it's a brutal disease, but it's curable with early detection. Get your mammograms, pay attention to your body and support each other."


Mother's Day

Never have mothers been put to the test as they have been in the last year. Between managing a professional career, taking care of children and other family members, cooking, cleaning, remote teaching, the added stress of the pandemic, and socio-political tensions, well...it’s almost impossible to think how we’ve all survived.

The Women@IM ERG put out a call to our community of working moms at Iron Mountain to find out how they have navigated these challenges. What has life really been like? What support have they received and more importantly, what support do they need to continue?

Watch the below videos to get a glimpse into the lives of some of our working mothers as they #MotherTogether.

March is Women’s History Month

 

Women’s history month is celebrated in March. This is a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women throughout history and in contemporary society.

The first Women's History Day was held in 1909. The day became Women's History Week in 1978. In 1987, it became Women's History Month. Every Women's History Month has a theme. This year's theme is: “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.” They will focus on women's political involvement and leadership.

Interesting fact: The 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote, was signed into law on Aug. 26, 1920. But at the time, a number of other laws prohibited Native American women, Black women, Asian American women, and Latinx women from voting, among others. It wasn't until 1924 that Native women born in the United States were granted citizenship, allowing them to vote. But even after that, Native women and other women of color were prevented from voting by state laws such as poll taxes and literacy tests. It wasn't until 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, that discriminatory tactics such as literacy tests were outlawed, and all women could vote.

Iron Mountain believes in working towards a more gender-balanced world and we are proud to support the women of our community who are building on the foundations forged by the heroes of their past to spark lasting change.

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International Women's Day

March 8, 2021 is International Women’s Day. The theme this year is #ChooseToChallenge. Mountaineers around the globe are striking the pose and showing their commitment to personally challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world.

International Women's Day 2021 collage of IM team

Mountaineer Messages for International Women's Day