Tory in a Fall 2018 sweater and skirt, photographed by Jennifer Livingston
“In one of my first interviews in 2004, when the reporter mentioned the word ‘ambitious,’ I commented that the word annoyed me. A friend of mine said, ‘You should never shy away from that word.’ She was right. If we are truly to achieve parity in the workplace, we have to own our bold ideas, celebrate our aspirations and embrace ambition. That is why on March 8th, to celebrate International Women’s Day, we are launching our second annual #EmbraceAmbition initiative to address the harmful double standard that exists around ambition. Our focus this year is encouraging women and men to recognize and support ambition in each other. We are inviting people to design and send a personalized message honoring a woman or girl in their life that has inspired them to embrace ambition on and share their inspiring stories on social media. We are also hosting our first-ever Embrace Ambition Summit in New York City on April 24th and inviting people to apply to attend. Now more than ever we need to confront the stereotypes that hold women back and create new norms, which benefit all of us, regardless of gender. Equality is not a men’s issue, it is not a women’s issue, it is an issue of humanity.”
— Tory

Learn more about #EmbraceAmbition.

Tory, on International Women’s Day 2018, wears the Embrace Ambition bracelet. Proceeds from the Embrace Ambition collection benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which helps to empower women entrepreneurs.
Photographed by Noa Griffel