Last week was incredibly inspirational for me, and not only because Sunday was International Women’s Day. I spent Tuesday and Wednesday attending a Mental Health First Aid course in Basingstoke, courtesy of Neil Perry Mental Health. It was noticeable that all delegates were women and I hope future events attract a more equal gender split – mental health wellbeing is essential to everyone.
They invited 90 female students, volunteers and teachers to attend a seminar at the Apollo Hotel with the aim of inspiring young women to believe in themselves, consider a wide range of career opportunities and build positive networks as well as finding support. And I must say… it most definitely was thought-provoking for us all.
Being of a certain age and having lived and worked through the 80s, 90s etc, there’s no question that equality has improved and there are many more opportunities for women; but there’s always room for improvement.
The fight for gender equality as far as pay is concerned, is still ongoing in some sectors and it’s clear that physical gratification is still seen as currency in some industries, in order to progress #metoo.
We should be empowering any industry sector that feels under-represented, giving voice to the underdog and making workplaces more diverse. At Wote Street People, we are always searching the widest possible pool of candidates to ensure we get the best person for the role and company.
I could reel off a list of celebrities and well-known wonder women, but, the women who inspire me most are my daughters. Two of whom returned to further education in their 20’s and now hold a master’s degree and PhD. My step-daughter, who although bullied at school, fought her way through to build a career in the film and TV industry.
All women should be celebrated – those who won’t be pushed down, who fight for their rights, who love their families and generally make the world a safer/better place for everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability.
Written by our Operations Director, Maxine Hart.0
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