Women’s History Month started as just a day. Jimmy Carter declared March 2-8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. He stated “Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contribution went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.” It was decided after being petitioned by the national Women’s History Project in 1987 that it would be Women’s History Month in the month of March. Women have made tremendous contributions to our society and here at O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS). We celebrate the women in this organization and continue to value and respect their voice.
Our first spotlight is Jasmine Braxton at our Louisville Plant.
What drew you to work at OMS?
The opportunity to work for a company that I can showcase my ability is what drew me in. At my previous workplace, it seemed as if I was only a number… Here at OMS there is always room for growth. There is always someone pushing and motivating you to learn more within the company. You can start off as a general operator and work your way up into other opportunities. The atmosphere here isn’t just about production, but also about growing friendships. People here take the time to learn from/about each other, and ensure the friendships grow outside the facility.
What woman has most influenced you in your life and/or career?
My mother has the most influence in my life. She is my motivator, supporter, my biggest fan. Whether she knows it or not I have learned many skill sets from her. From her start on the little Philippine islands to the United States. She has shown me what independence really looks like. Losing both parents at an early age was a big motivator. Even through the many obstacles, she did it all with a smile on her face. Her capability of handling any bad situation and making it a positive is what I incorporate in my daily task. Salamat Nanay.
What advice would you give to a woman wishing to start their career in the industry?
Take the leap is the advice I would give to a woman wishing to start their career in the industry. There are plenty of young women looking up to you. I can attest, I have a daughter and nieces rooting for me. There is money to be made in an industry full of men. Women can strive and make their own path to provide for their family and themselves. Push yourself to pave that way for other young women that think this career is only allocated to men.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of being a mother. They both are what motivate me each day. Knowing that they both look up to me for confidence, support, and creativity is my biggest drive. I am proud that I can inspire them to be able to do and become what they set their minds to.