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Why Women’s Equality Matters to Us: Dunkin’ Brands Employees

By Jeremie Smith, Employee Communications Manager

Everyone matters here at Dunkin’ Brands. Our leaders and employees are committed to fostering an inclusive environment and our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are committed to serving as a conduit to our communities.

Among those ERGs is our Women’s Integrated Network (wIN), established to bring our employees together to empower and accelerate the company’s development of women leaders and build a strong sense of community.

With women making up approximately 50% of our workforce and our strong commitment to developing and paying women equally, Women’s Equality Day takes on added meaning for us. It was on this day, Aug. 26, 100 years ago when the 19th Amendment was officially adopted to the U.S. Constitution and women were granted the right to vote.   

In honor of this monumental day, we are celebrating and supporting all of the amazing women at Dunkin’ Brands by sharing why women’s equality matters to our employees. Here’s what a few of them had to say:

Martha Flynn

“I believe all of humankind is created equal. Inequality exists when people elevate themselves by pushing others down. Equality brings back the balance.”

Martha, Sr. Director Franchise & Development Services

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“I have been surrounded by hard-working, inspiring women throughout my life. From an early age, my family encouraged me to think past any gender limitations that society may impose. My mother always made sure that I understood how important it was to challenge myself, challenge ideas, and be an inspiration to others. Whether it be education, work goals, family etc., the message was clear: ‘Keep pushing, keep achieving.’ Now that I have children of my own, we celebrate the achievements of the women in our family and I make sure to instill these same values in them.” 

- Beth, Director, Financial Systems & Business Process

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“Women's Equality is just that ‘EQUAL!’ No matter the position, responsibility or status. Women are starting to create a generation and legacy for those that come after us to be treated the same when opportunities arise.”

- Pam, Sr. Manager, Franchisee Recruitment

Nicole

“To me, women’s equality means celebrating the path that’s been chartered by the women who came before us; those fighting not only to have their voices heard, but to amplify the voices of those in perpetuity.  It is a recognition that there are others still fighting for their seats at the table, a reminder that equality is not a one-size-fits-all notion. It also means demonstrating for my daughter that she is limited only by the constraints of her own mind, and teaching my son to actively recognize and stand up against bias.”

Nicole, Director of Digital Marketing

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“Women’s Equality Day is a celebration of the progress that has been made, but also a reminder of the work that still needs to be done. Every woman should know that their voice matters and is valued. Women, like men, should be able to make their own decisions. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’”  

-  Jessica, Operations Manager
 

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“Women's Equality Day is a reminder to me of the struggle that women before us had to face in order to ensure that we have equal rights. It's a day to pause and be thankful for those brave women who took a stand for the next generation.”

Wendy, Director – Recruiting 

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