International Women’s Day 2022

Let’s #BreakTheBias!

Held annually on 8th March, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global celebration of women’s economic, political, and social advancements over the years, and also marks a call to action for the steps that still need to be taken to achieve gender equality.

This year, IWD is centred around the theme of #BreakTheBias, which focuses on creating a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination, and creating equality in workplaces, communities, schools and more.

To show our support and empower other girls and women around us, we’ve asked some of the women in our business to gives us their thoughts on IWD and share their advice!

 

Kelly Holbrook | Lead Training Coordinator

Why is International Women’s Day important to you?

International Women’s Day is important to me to raise crucial awareness for women everywhere. Whilst women are now gaining much more recognition for everything they do, there is still much more work to be done in busting stigma and stereotypes, and this day is for celebration, recognition and empowerment for women everywhere.

Which female inspires you the most?

There isn’t any one female that inspires me, but the everyday woman in general. The single mother raising her children and doing all she can to provide for them, the woman smashing the glass ceiling and gaining the career she always wanted, the woman who has stepped back into her power and taken control of what she wants. The woman who lost herself along the way but now owns who she is and is not afraid to show the world, that’s who inspires me the most.

If you had advice for aspiring young females, what would it be?

That no matter the choices you make along the way, whether career driven, whether to become a wife, mother, all of the above or anything else, don’t be afraid of those choices and to shout from the rooftops about that. More young women need to share that it’s ok to want what you want and not be judged for that, and most importantly never forget who you are and never forget that who you are is just perfect the way you are, NOONE has the right to take that away from you.

 

Linsey Temple | Chief Operating Officer

Why is International Women’s Day important to you?

I feel it is important to celebrate both genders and therefore am pleased to see that we are celebrating both International Women’s Day and International Men’s Day later in the year. We certainly should do more to promote and celebrate the successes of everyone who deserves to be recognised and rewarded for their efforts and achievements.

Which female inspires you the most?

The woman who inspires me the most is the Queen. Such a hard-working woman who has served our country pretty much all of her life. She didn’t ask for the job she has but has done it with the utmost professionalism.  She has sacrificed so much for the greater good of our country, Charles has definitely got big boots to fill…!

If you had advice for aspiring young females, what would it be?

Be the best you can be in whatever career you chose to take. Don’t let the stereotypes deter you from doing what you want, grasp the opportunities with both hands. and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. My motto in life is ‘better to have tried and not succeeded than not to have tried at all’. 

 

Louisa Stokes | Customer Service and Sales Advisor

Why is International Women’s Day important to you?

Having 2 young daughters, I’m really keen for them to have as many opportunities to thrive in whatever their chosen future may be. Being successful while juggling the many aspects of life is difficult enough without any gender inequality issues thrown in to the mix, so if we can help reduce these now, their futures will be even brighter!

Which female inspires you the most?

It may seem old fashioned but I have to say that I feel hugely inspired by the Queen. You can’t help but admire her ultimate professionalism regardless of what life throws at her and she is always there, a quiet but authoritative presence who has the utmost respect from the most powerful people in the world, just by being herself – what a hero!

If you had advice for aspiring young females, what would it be?

The best bit of advice I can give is that you can have it all – it might seem impossible at times and it may well not all happen straight away but you can have the career, the family and the social life, you just have to be prepared to work for it!

 

Amy Taylor | Deputy Venue Manager

Why is International Women’s Day important to you?

Throughout my 13 years of working in hospitality, I’ve witnessed inequalities in the industry so it’s really important to raise awareness! Having trained and progressed in my career, this day is very important to me and other females, in order to succeed in the industry we work in.

Which female inspires you the most?

All of us who don’t give up, support each other and work hard to get the career we want.

If you had advice for aspiring young females, what would it be?

Don’t give up and don’t be scared to ask questions. Asking questions is how we all learn and improve day to day.

 

Pauline Oliver | Finance Director

Why is International Women’s Day important to you?

To acknowledge the contributions made by women across the world in all types of businesses and roles.

Which female inspires you the most?

Queen Elizabeth II – her steadfast duty and commitment to her role.

If you had advice for aspiring young females, what would it be?

Just go for it.  If you really want to do it, you will succeed!

 

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