International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of women. It’s also a day to rally for women’s equality. Did you know, National Women’s Day began in 1908 and the first gathering for International Women’s Day occurred in 1911? Campaign themes over the years have included: #EachforEqual, #BalanceforBetter, #PressforProgress, #BeBoldforChange, #PledgeforParity, #MakeItHappen, #TheGenderAgenda and more. The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is “Choose To Challenge.” From challenge comes change, and this year we are encouraged to #ChooseToChallenge.
At Holland America Line, we have talented women in a variety of positions on all of our ships. Here is just a small group of the women who are on board at the moment. If you have a favorite female team member who made your cruise extra memorable, let us know in the comments below!
Hotel Director Jessica Schumann.
Security Guard Maylene Magubo.
Environmental Officer Diana.
Purser Rosaline Veloso and Senior Nurse Mariaan Kock.
Clockwise from bottom left: Pooja Adep, security guard; Maybellene Labao, apprentice cook; Metka Mocnik, executive housekeeper; Lauren Jones, human resources manager; and Mireille van der Veek, 3rd engineer.
Apprentice Cook Andrea Federico.
Security Guard Cyril De Vera.
Security Guard Cecile Advincula, Security Guard Shiela Marie Valdez and Purser Cynthia Cabingue.
Maybelle Baijens-Lim, restaurant operations manager.
Security Guard Bhagyashree, Sr. Nurse Yolande, Sr. Doctor Sandra, 2nd Officer Jennifer, Assistant Cook Noreen and Chief Purser Carol.
Senior Nurse Wendy.
Security Guard Josefina Rosales.
Environmental Officer Neda Domanovic.
Nurse Thandeka Mbatha.
Sr 3rd Engineer Robine Creton.
Security Guard Vivian.
From left: Nurse Wendy, Security Guard Vivian, Chief Purser Nicole and Environmental Officer Diana.
Security Supervisor Rosemarie and Security Guard Veero.
Inspiring women from all over the world in the family of Holland America Line.
I always admire woman in this kind of field !( maritime), that only shows the equality of both gender and sometimes excel on their own respective fields.
I recognized Hotel Director Jessica Schumann immediately, even without the caption on the photo, as we have sailed with her four times on four different ships, and she has always recognized us and welcomed us like returning friends.
We have met many fine women staff members on the HAL ships, but for their special kindness and thoughtfulness to us I would like to recognize Guest Relations Mangers Mila and Liesbeth, and Future Cruise Consultant Joanne Crocker.
Diana, NSDM Environmental Officer, is a true leader and a true ambassador for the environment while on ship and exploring ports of call. I’ve witnessed her at multiple occasions talking to guests (off shore and obviously on the ship) explaining about HAL continuous effort and initiative to preserve our environment!