As Women’s history month concludes, we wanted to take a moment to review the importance of the month and share what Portsiders got up to! As a local woman-owned business, Portside understands that businesses like ours create diversity that promotes innovation, opens doors, and provides perspectives that fuel the economy. We recognize the strength of woman-owned businesses in the state of Maine and beyond, and strive to promote their amazing work!
So what is women’s history month? It all started in 1978, when Santa Rosa, California held a local weeklong celebration to correspond with International Women’s Day. In 1981, the week of March 7th, 1982 was proclaimed Women’s History Week. In the years that followed, it continued to be celebrated during this week until 1987, when March was proclaimed Women’s History Month and has been since. March is now a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of women to American history in every field. Each year, The National Women’s History Alliance selects a theme for Women’s History Month. The theme for March 2023 was “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.”
At Portside, we have a number of female-identifying agents who are telling our stories through various mediums. In theme with this year’s Women's History Month, we want to highlight some of our skilled agents and their creative works:
Cara Taggersell - glass blowing
Cara and her family run a glass-blowing studio in Bowdoinham where they create beautiful, colorful glassware and art. Last year, Cara and her family kindly donated glassware to Autumn Equinox at Maine Audubon!
Jewel Rechsteiner - podcast
Jewel strives to create a podcast that lifts everyone up by sharing information about real estate, home ownership, finances, and personal growth.
Anne Banfield - photography
Anne is a talented photographer whose work frequently captures the Maine coast. Many of our Portside offices feature her pieces, and she has generously donated pieces in the past for our annual event Autumn Equinox at Maine Audubon.
Andrea Galuza - art
Andrea is a talented artist whose paintings are currently on display in our Portside Midcoast office. She is also a member of Centre Street Arts Gallery in Bath. Her pieces are colorful and often feature flowers and natural scenes.
Jaclyn Bousquet - art
Jaclyn is a former art teacher who still finds time to create. She produces beautiful home portraits in watercolor and has been generous enough to donate her pieces in the past to our annual fundraiser for Maine Audubon, Autumn Equinox!
Portside is proud to break glass ceilings as the top-producing woman-owned brokerage in all of Northern New England, and potentially beyond. Portsiders celebrated Women’s History Month this March by participating in a variety of events. As a woman-owned business, women’s history month goes beyond March - we strive to support and participate in programs that help other woman-owned businesses develop and continue to grow. Check out a small sample of the incredible events and activities they explored this month below:
Real Estate InvestHER Meetup
Monthly on Wednesdays
Cloudport, Portland, ME
Portside Attendance: Host Kaili Moore, Jess Nason
International Women’s Day Ocean Dip
March 4, 12-1pm
Portside Attendance: Kate Kerkam, Kelly Jackson
Kate Kerkam, a Broker and our Designated Broker Designee, and Kelly Jackson, a Sales Agent, with Portside, joined in the annual tradition! Kate is a veteran of the dip and often does some solo winter dips throughout the season!
Women in the Wild: A Celebratory Film Fest
March 8 + 9, 7 pm - 9 pm
Portside Attendance: Courtney Sweeton + Sarah Delisle
Courtney and Sarah, of the Delisle Sweeton Team at Portside, attended the Women in the Wild Film Fest, which was so popular the festival had to add additional dates! The showings helped raise $1,000 for the Pink Boots Society, Maine Chapter.
International Women’s Day: Women + Conflict
March 8, 6 pm- 8 pm
Hannaford Hall, USM
Portside Attendance: Sarah Delisle, Courtney Sweeton, + Mike LePage
Three of our Portsiders, including our Designated Broker attended this panel discussion on Women and Conflict: From Situations to Solutions. They heard from Libby Hoffman, Founder, and President of Catalyst for Peace, Parivash Rohani, RN, Humanitarian, Environmentalist, and advocate for religious freedom, and Zoe Sahloul, Founder of the New England Arab American Organization.
Inclusive Ski Touring for Women
Portside Attendance: Courtney Sweeton + Kaili Moore
Portsiders Courtney and Kaili took part in this inclusive ski touring group for women on March 18th. These tours are run for and by women and aim to create a positive and inclusive space for women looking to try ski touring or split boarding as well as for those wanting to meet other women in the touring community.
Inspirational Businesswomen of Maine: Resiliency Leads to Success
March 28, 9-10:30 am
US Customs House, 312 Fore St, Portland ME.
Portside Attendance: Courtney Sweeton + Natasha Bruce
Portside staff member Natasha attended this panel discussion hosted by CEI’s Women’s Business Center. Keynote speaker Margo Walsh, founder and CEO of Maine Works, discussed caretaking through business, and panelists weighed in on the resilience of Maine’s woman-owned businesses.