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Championing the women in print

With International Women’s Day (March 8th) fast approaching, one organisation will be celebrating the girls and women of print for the entire month of March.

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March marks a month of celebrating women in print

Girls Who Print was founded ten years ago by Mary Beth Smith and is an online network of over 6,000 women in the print industry.

In 2019, the group partnered with the Printing Industries of America to provide the Women’s Print Mentoring Network.

Last year, GirlsWhoPrint, launched Women’s Print HERstory Month, which coincides with Women’s History Month.

The idea behind the month-long event is to encourage women in the industry to come together and share their successes through social media, using the hashtag PrintHERstoryMonth.

Deborah Corn, who has ran Girls Who Print since 2017, comments: “Women’s Print HERstory Month is about women in print refusing to be drowned out by the male voices that dominate the narrative of our industry, and taking power for themselves by standing up and shouting, ‘This is what I do’.

Women’s Print HERstory Month is about women in print refusing to be drowned out by the male voices that dominate the narrative of our industry

“Everyone can show their support by following the hashtag stream and engaging with the content. A ‘like’ or a reshare or a retweet is an acknowledgement that the achievements of women in print matter.”

In addition to the hashtag feed, Girls Who Print are also encouraging women to share their own content or tributes to the industry’s female leaders to its website.

Print Media Centr, which provides resources to print and marketing professionals, also runs a podcast called Podcasts From The Printiverse. This will feature a special series to celebrate Women’s Print HERstory Month.

Kelly Mallozzi, of Girls Who Print, adds: “Simply put, you need to tell them and we need to hear them. The newer generations in the printing industry need all the help they can get in navigating their careers, building their development plan, and setting themselves up for success.

“The more seasoned among us need to tell their stories because it helps shape the narrative of where we’ve been, where we are now and where we’re going.”



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