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Celebrating inspiring female business owners for #IWD2019

Today (March 8) is International Women's Day - a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

IDH is a proudly female-run business, with Marnie Warman at the helm, and a talented team of women (and men!) working together to add value to our customers shopping experience.

While reflecting on the significance of the day, Marnie recalls the challenges female business owners and professionals were faced when she first opened her doors over 30 years ago. At the time she was a busy realtor in Oakville/Burlington, raising her two boys, and pursuing a passion for interior design in her downtime (whatever "downtime" is, for a working mom). She admits that earning respect as a female realtor, and interior designer wasn't as difficult as convincing banks/landlords/suppliers to support her as an independent business owner. And setting aside those challenges of starting the business, what about managing it while raising kids? Or maintaining a marriage? A social life?

Marnie recalls, "The mental load of family responsibilities, coupled with the stress of running a business, all the while not showing weakness, was hard. It's still hard! Even though my boys are grown, my life is still busy and the overwhelming role of business-owner often takes over."

And she fully acknowledges that she was not the only woman running a business in Burlington at the time, and that she shares the struggle of the female entrepreneur juggling act with her peers. In that spirit, when asked to name women in the Burlington business community that inspire her, she didn't hesitate to acknowledge the hard work and success of three women in particular, noting that the continued success of their respective businesses is due to the fact that they are women, not in spite of it.