The following is excerpted from a message sent by Athleta’s President and CEO, Nancy Green, to all Gap Inc. employees worldwide.
March 8 is International Women's Day. Each year, we come together to celebrate this important moment, but for us, it’s more than a day on the calendar. Celebrating women and women's accomplishments is nothing new at Gap Inc. This year, amid louder-than-ever calls for women’s rights and gender equality, I’m incredibly proud of the ways Gap Inc. invests in women at every level.
Women make up the majority of our employees and customers, and the majority of the world’s garment workers are women. Women are driving this company forward. It’s how we do business and it’s how we collaborate to make our company and planet a better place. From the Board, to Art’s leadership team, to our store leadership teams, women are a strong and equal voice in this company.
Change comes from speaking up and empowering others to raise their voices, too. With this in mind, this week we are previewing a new, cross-brand campaign that will launch this summer honoring the women who have participated in P.A.C.E. -- our decade-long training and empowerment program for the women who make our clothes. Raise Every Voice shows us how inspirational every woman’s voice can be in creating a ripple effect for generations.
And, if you haven't already, check out how our employees are celebrating International Women’s Day. Also, my fellow colleague, Old Navy CEO Sonia Syngal, posted a must-read on LinkedIn. Read about how Old Navy is living their manifesto this week.
I am proud to be part of a company that has always stood for equality, inclusivity and empowerment.
This week, Gap Inc. and its brands were honored by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), a division of Working Mother Media, for the 7th time as a Top Company for Executive Women, which rates workplace cultures that promote leadership development, mentoring and sponsorship for female employees.