For Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating the empowering women that work at our affiliate locations all around the world. These ladies are making an impact in someone’s life every single day and we thank them for their commitment to the organization. Throughout the month of March we will be featuring the women who are truly making a difference at their affiliate locations. Women’s History Month is all about recognizing the achievements of women and we plan on celebrating every day. Women helping women is what Dress for Success is all about and we see that power of women coming together impact a number of lives. We asked 12 women from 12 different countries about Women’s History Month and what motivates them to continue to do what they do for Dress for Success. Come back to our blog throughout March to get to know the ladies that make it all happen behind the scenes. Meet Danielle Zonfrillo, of Dress for Success Adelaide.
Dress for Success: How many years have you been with the organization?
Danielle Zonfrillo: I have been with Dress for Success Adelaide since August 2015.
DFS: What bold action did you take to make a change or a difference?
DZ: As a woman, I have to be bold every day! Personally, the boldest, bravest thing I have done recently is apply for and accept a position at Dress for Success. As a single mother, with very little in the way of a support network, I knew that it would be like jumping from a cliff, in terms of pushing myself out of my comfort zone. However, I knew I wanted to not only change my life, but those of other women who had experienced disadvantage or trauma. To quote Mahatma Ghandi, you have to “be the change you wish to see in the world,” and in my work with Dress for Success I get to make a small change every day.
DFS: Can you describe a moment when you helped someone at Dress for Success that moved you or special achievement that you’ve accomplished during your time at the organization?
DZ: I am so lucky to experience achievements every day during my work here and to have had moments that have moved me, but I am always most affected by my work with other single mothers. Their struggle is my struggle and I have felt many of their fears and barriers in my own life which makes it so meaningful when I see these women in particular, overcoming those hurdles and making positive changes in their lives.
DFS: Who do you thank or recognize this Women’s History Month that have helped make the advancement of all women possible?
DZ: I find it hard to recognize only one or a handful of women. There are so many incredible women who inspire, lead, motivate and support in ways that we may never even hear about. Not just the trail blazers such as Emily Pankhurst or Margaret Thatcher, but the women we are influenced by and see every day in our own families, communities and workplaces. It is those women who are the glue of their family, the fabric of society, which I wish to acknowledge this Women’s History Month.
DFS: What motivates you to continue your work at Dress for Success?
DZ: Seeing women literally transform during their appointments with us, seeing them grow in confidence, having belief in themselves and the strength to change their lives for the better, continues to motivate me to continue my work with Dress for Success.
Visit adelaide.dressforsuccess.org to learn more about how you can get involved on a local level.