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March is one of our favorite times of year here at Gas South. The weather is warmer, the green beauty of Mother Nature reappears with the scent of flowers in bloom, and we welcome back another Women’s History Month. This week, as a company that’s proud of the diversity of our teams, we’re kicking off our celebration of this important time of year by spotlighting four of our own women leaders on what Women’s History Month means to them.

Name:
Ebony D. 
Title:
Sr. Manager, Customer Information Systems 

What does Women’s History Month mean to you? 

Women's History Month is a moment to shed light on the often overlooked and remarkable achievements of trailblazing women who have left an indelible mark on society, serving as inspiration for the next generation of young women to become trailblazers in their own right. To me, it’s also a chance for us to draw inspiration and find purpose in fulfilling the assignments that we believe are aligned with our calling.

How do you celebrate Women’s History Month? 

During Women's History Month, I celebrate by immersing myself in literature that highlights the achievements of inspiring women. Additionally, I actively share impactful stories through social media, shedding light on the contributions of remarkable women. I also prioritize supporting women-owned businesses and participating in events organized and/or led by women. 

Who is your favorite woman of history and why does she inspire you? 

Maya Angelou's story is profoundly inspirational. Despite not receiving a formal education, she made a lasting impact on the literary world in various ways. Following a traumatic experience, she chose silence for five years, during which she cultivated a love for reading and writing. This aspect of her journey resonates with me, challenging the common perception that difficult times signify the end of the road. Instead, it served as an opportunity for Maya Angelou to develop a deep passion and skill that propelled her to her purpose. It serves as a reminder that even in life's valleys, there are peaks of opportunity that can shape my future and leave a meaningful mark on the world. 

Of the women you’ve known personally, who has made the biggest positive impact in your own life—and how?

My mother has been the most influential and positive on me. She instilled in my brother and me the value of working with excellence, emphasizing that if a task is worth doing, it's worth doing right. Her unshakeable faith in God has been a guiding light, teaching me to center every aspect of my life around my faith.

Her wisdom is reflected in a multitude of quotes she imparts, showcasing her exceptional writing skills evident in the numerous poems and plays she has crafted. I aspire to publish her work someday along with some of my own. Her mantra of always doing what’s right resonates deeply, and she readily shares her vast knowledge of Bible scriptures whenever I seek guidance. Her compassionate heart knows no bounds, and she effortlessly relates a scripture to any situation I bring to her. As I raise my own children, I strive to instill the same values she has ingrained in me. I can only hope to be half the exceptional mother she has been to my brother and me. 

Name:
Harli G.
Title:
HR Business Partner

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?  

It means that we focus on honoring women from all walks of life, backgrounds, cultures and industries to celebrate and acknowledge who they are. 

How do you celebrate Women’s History Month?

By elevating and celebrating the women around me. But I do feel like it’s something we should do year-round and not just on Women's History Month. It’s so important that my daughter gets to see this celebration, so that she’s able to celebrate who she is authentically. 

Who is your favorite woman of history and why does she inspire you?

Well, I would be lying if I didn't say Oprah. What Oprah does is inspire emotionally and spiritually. She’s able to have several platforms where women can come and be celebrated, let their hair down and just be authentically themselves. She tells woman it's OK to be vulnerable, it's OK to be authentic and you don't have to apologize for who you are. If they tell you no, find another way. 

Of the women you’ve known personally, who has made the biggest positive impact in your own life—and how?  

Actually, there are two at Gas South. One is Aisha D., and the other is Aquanetta L. These two women have seen me through the good, the bad and the ugly, and they manage to love me and accept me regardless. 

Name:
Dr. Sheirra M. G.
Title:
Support Specialist

What does Women’s History Month mean to you? 

Women’s History Month provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the countless contributions of women throughout history, across various fields such as politics, science, literature, art, education and more. It raises awareness about the often overlooked or marginalized roles women have played in shaping societies worldwide. By highlighting their accomplishments, struggles and successes, Women's History Month helps to create a more inclusive and accurate historical narrative. Women's History Month is also a way to inspire future generations of girls and women to pursue their passions, break barriers and strive for excellence in their chosen fields. Women's History Month serves as a time to reflect on the progress that has been made in advancing gender equality while also recognizing the ongoing work that is needed to create a more just and equitable world for all. 

How do you celebrate Women’s History Month? 

I am intentional about supporting women-owned businesses. I attend events hosted by women and volunteer with organizations that support women’s rights and gender equality. Finally, I simply take time to honor and celebrate the important women in my life. 

Who is your favorite woman of history and why does she inspire you? 

Rosa Parks. Often referred to as the mother of the Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Parks was a key figure in the fight against racial segregation in the United States. Her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white passenger sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement. 

Of the women you’ve known personally, who has made the biggest positive impact in your own life—and how?

There is currently a small circle of women who collectively have the biggest impact in my life. Some of these women include my mom, bonus mom, aunts, cousins, and a group of close friends I call SIS (Selebrating in Sisterhood LLC). From authentically supporting me, encouraging me, pushing me, challenging me for the better and showing up for me whenever I need them, I could not imagine life without these women. Happy Women’s History Month!! 

Name:
Carley S.
Title:
Manager of Community Affairs

What does Women’s History Month mean to you? 

It's a time set aside to celebrate women, amplify their voices and elevate women’s issues and challenges. A time when people can come together and give attention to women, learn more about women, listen to women and hopefully DO something to positively impact women. 

How do you celebrate Women’s History Month? 

I celebrate all year long—not just during March! I love reading “Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls” to my daughter, watching female-focused movies and series like “The Morning Show”, “Poor Things” and “Fargo, season 5”. I give compliments freely (I try daily) to other women, mentor women inside and outside of work and try to champion issues like gender equality and childcare using my social media platforms. 

Who is your favorite woman of history and why does she inspire you?

Currently, I’m inspired by MacKenzie Scott Tuttle. She’s a novelist, and most know her now as a philanthropist. She married Jeff Bezos (of Amazon) and worked with Bezos to create what Amazon is today. She divorced in 2019 and was named the wealthiest woman in the world. She has signed the Giving Pledge where she has committed to give away most of her wealth to charity over her lifetime. To date, she has donated over $16 BILLION of unrestricted funds, embracing trust-based philanthropy. She has turned traditional philanthropy on its head, and I love it! 

Of the women you’ve known personally, who has made the biggest positive impact in your own life—and how?

Of course, my momma! She has been my biggest supporter, even when she didn’t agree with all my choices or decisions. She showed me how to be loving, caring, kind as well as how to be a businesswoman. She went back to college in her 30’s and started her own business. She pursued her passion, had faith in herself and still never passes up the opportunity to give someone a compliment. She taught me that people don’t remember accomplishments, they remember how you make them feel, so always treat people with respect and kindness.

Thanks for reading this spotlight on some of our women leaders. Happy Women’s History Month from all of us here at Gas South, Georgia’s most-trusted natural gas provider. 

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