It is no secret that we women have had a tough time when it comes to our careers. The opportunities are not as abundant the higher you go. Let’s not even get started on the wage gap. It is truly ridiculous. It’s almost laughable.

Can we talk about this proverbial glass ceiling? Nevermind that, because it has all been said over and over. Let’s talk about when that ceiling gets shattered, making a way for the rest of us women to move through. Every time that happens it allows us the chance to really show what we can do.

One such glass breaker is Helane Morrison. With her career, you’d think she just strolled in. No, as easy as that sounds it was not. There was a lot of hard work, persistence, and diligence involved in her rise in the corporate world.

She started her career by being a law clerk at the US Court of Appeals for the 7th circuit. Moving on from there, she then started working with Supreme Court Justice, Harry A. Blackmun in 1985. This was a fortuitous job posting, seeing as Justice Blackmun was in support of women’s rights. Having a great mentor will help you go a long way, and that’s what happened here. Morrison grew to become impassioned over the issue of women’s rights, not just content to keep things status quo.

Let’s move forward a little in this tale. In 2008, there was a major financial collapse that affected the U.S. Who’s to blame? Looking left and right all you could see was pointing fingers. Come on, really? Something that big doesn’t just happen all of a sudden. The trust of the public was broken. Now enters one Helane Morrison.

She was relentless when it came to going after those who violated security laws, so much so that it became the main focus in her career. Her work was recognized and she was invited to work at the office of U.S. Securities and Exchange. She was so impressive, it led to her being the first woman to have the title of Head of Commission and Regional Director.

With the crash of 2008 as a driving force, Morrison began an approach that was viewed as unorthodox. It involved something that was missing before. Equality. How about that? Making changes both structurally and philosophically, she put her money where her mouth was. She even encourages non-work commitments to charities and transparency in fundraising.