Women Supporting Women
Ola Omami Tells All
Introduction: Ola Omami is the founder of OMAMImini, a sophisticated yet effortless children’s boutique that will make your little one as fashion-forward as you are. We had the chance to speak with her about her childhood in the former USSR and how she was able to leverage her skills to turn them into the business she has built today.
What does International Women’s Day Mean to you?
I grew up in the former USSR where it was a big deal. Every woman would get gifts and flowers, kids always made something for their moms in school and I really think from all the horrible things that were instilled by the communists, gender equality and that special respect for women was the one good value they promoted. Over the years it became more of an excuse to get flowers but the original meaning of this day is solid, and it is to celebrate the progress that has been made towards gender equality, and to acknowledge the contributions that women have made in all areas of society.
What are some words of wisdom you would give to women?
You can have it all, just not all at the same time. Schedule quality time with your kids, with your significant other, with your friends, with yourself (Korean spas, I'm looking at you!) with the same vigor and punctuality as you schedule your work meetings.
What are your favorite women owned businesses to support?
I love anything that's created by obsessively following a dream and has a solid vision (aka brand identity). Flask & Field for all things drinks, Briogeo for all things hair care, Brother Vellis for the coolest shoes, Homestate for tacos, the list is endless. We also carry a lot of women-owned brands at the store - not surprisingly a ton of great kids and baby brands are created by mothers: Wee Gallery, EzPz and Noodoll to name a few.
What are some ways people can support women?
Mentor and support women in your workplace: Offer guidance and support to women in your workplace, and advocate for their professional development and advancement.
Challenge gender stereotypes: Challenge gender stereotypes and promote gender equality in your personal and professional relationships. Encourage others to do the same.
Support women-led organizations: Donate to or volunteer with organizations that support women's rights and gender equality, buy products or services from female-owned businesses. It also doesn't cost anything to leave a good review on Yelp or Google, share on social media or just recommend it to a friend!
More than 50% of the businesses at ROW are women-owned; a number that is continuously increasing with the recent addition of Morrow Soft Goods. Make sure to stop by and support our women-led shops all month long!