International Women's Day

By Fatima Rahmatullah - email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The world marks International Women's Day today March 8th.  The annual celebration is held in many countries. It's a day to mark the achievements and gains made by women and to recognize the work that still has to be done. We talked to local women in Columbus that are trailblazers.

"I've never accepted that I'm not able to do something because I'm a woman.  I just sort of do it a little bit differently," says 45-year-old Betsey Covington, executive director of the Community Foundation. She says, "I'm very fortunate to live in a time when I've had every door available to me and I'm so appreciative."

Becca Hardin, Executive VP of Columbus Chambers of Commerce is in-charge of bringing economic development to Columbus.  She has been instrumental in bringing NCR here.

"The NCR manufacturing project were brining new manufacturing jobs to the U.S. That had been overseas was one of the biggest projects ever in this history of Columbus, says Hardin.

She has worked hard to not only stay afloat but be one the best.

"The biggest thing that motivates me is that it's very competitive.  I'm a very competitive person.  This is very challenging job and you are dealing with very high states because you're really dealing with people's lives."

Even with their accomplishments, they both feel there's much work to be done.