Breaking the (Photovoltaic) Glass Ceiling – Celebrating Women’s History Month at Sol Systems

31 Mar 2021

March of every year is dedicated to Women’s History Month, where women are celebrated for their contributions to society and how their actions have changed the world. The observance of the month was established after a weeklong celebration established by Congress in 1986. And now as we honor Women’s History Month, it is important to note the incredible contributions of so many different women that come from a multitude of backgrounds, each shaping the world as we know it today. 

Sol Systems is committed to creating pathways for more women and diverse leaders and working to drive inclusion on an industry-wide level. Although women only make up about 26% of the solar industry, those 26% are breaking the mold for what it means to be a leader in the renewables space and opening doors for younger generations to pursue even bigger dreams. At Sol, our commitment does not stop after our monthlong celebration of Women’s History Month. We are committed to supporting courageous and leading women both internal and external, brake even more glass ceilings, and open new and rewarding renewable energy opportunities to every woman.  

Through our Empowering Women series on LinkedIn, we interviewed the women working within Sol Systems about what makes them feel empowered and solicited advice that they would give to someone looking to pursue a similar career path. It was particularly insightful to learn different facts about each person that drove their dedication and commitment to renewable energy and life in general.  To see some of our features, check out our LinkedIn page. 

Our celebration even included a women’s history trivia night that incorporated groundbreaking facts about women leaders. We played against one another on smaller teams and included questions about women in science and technology, sports, politics, and music. Did you know that in 1988, Patricia Bath became the first African-American woman to receive a medical patent for laser cataract surgery? We discussed the importance of these groundbreaking moments in each of the categories and how much of an impact these figures have made on their industry and many times individually. 

Finally, the women working at Sol came together for virtual happy hour, a tradition where the women of our organization get together to learn more about one another and to discuss life and career.  Although our happy hours are usually in person, the same special moments were felt with gratitude. 

Women’s History Month may only be one month a year, but we’re making it a priority to celebrate the women of Sol and the female leaders in the solar industry 365 days a year. We hope to continuously inspire all women to purse their dream career, whether that be in solar or any other industry.  

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Claire Siwulec

Claire Siwulec