a letter from our founder
Like all women, I'm familiar with transition. I've been through a lot of them - personally and professionally. In those moments, I've tried to be proactive. Reach out to my community, find resources, plug into a 'system.' But to be honest, a lot of those systems fell short. Maybe it's because I lacked the discipline of self-care. Maybe it's because I was juggling a career, and a family, and my own personal story. I've always heard that your network is your net-worth, but in those moments I often found it difficult to put my network to work...in a meaningful way.
During one of these particular moments of transition, I found myself in a rabbit hole about economics. I read an incredible book titled "Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner" by Katrine Marçal. It struck a chord, big time. Especially this: "Adam Smith's 'economic man' has dominated our understanding of modern-day capitalism. Such viewpoint disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning and cooking. Essentially, the father of modern economics has based our whole concept of capitalism on a system that ignores half of its participants."
As women, all of the things we are demanded to juggle do not always hold value in our society or even in our own homes. We do a lot without recognition. If it doesn't add to the bottom line, all of those things like child-raising, caretaking, community participation, helping our friends, lending advice do not "count."
Well, eff that.
I kept thinking, it's the economy, stupid! How many new ideas die on the vine because financial resources can’t bring them to life? How many job opportunities are lost because women are isolated throughout the process? How many collaboration are stunted by lack of community and tools? How many women feel isolated because they simply have too much on their plate?
That's when I found out about timebanking. And sister, it changed my world.
I also knew I wasn't the only one thinking about this, and dug deeper into our powerful women ancestors and found out more about the collaboration between Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The sheer volume of their work as a team blew my mind.
So I took a cue from people with way more wisdom than I have, and I came up with the idea for Anthony + Stanton. We're a community for women. We're reclaiming the value of our contributions. And we are going to wield that to build up our peers, our families, and damn it - our country.
Oh, and we're going to have parties, and make things, and get to know each other. IRL. Won't you join me?
About Alma: For nearly fifteen years, Alma Lacour has worked with interns and executives, emerging artists and Fortune 500 brands alike. Across all of her experiences, one thing continues to hold true: people want deeper meaning in what they do. They want it to matter. And in today’s world, caring counts for a lot. In addition to being the Founder of Anthony + Stanton, she is a Senior Agent at Bernstein & Andriulli, and Co-Founder of the leadership platform RESET.